Well dear friends, colleagues, and fellow COETAILers, we (@rlanglands and I) have been caught. We are slightly embarrassed about our last post. @brandonhoover called us out and others saw through our sham post. You’re all right… it was a bit of a ruse but it was also a great way to challenge ourselves at the end of our 4th COETAIL course. The truth is… Rob and I (and probably you too, if you’re honest) are all a combination of blue and green when it comes to use of technology in the classroom. We can all find examples to defend both sides–blue: restrict use to students or green: a free and open system of tech use.
Most of us (at least the few regular readers of this blog) are lucky enough to be working in international settings with students who are very privileged. We are not working in an inner city school in California where, in 2013-2014, 82% of the students purchasing lunch participated in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Our students have amazing access to technology whether it is school purchased or in a BYOD program. Heck, most of our students have more (and more current) tech in their personal arsenals than we do. Plus, their schools are clad with 3D printers, maker spacers, robotics programs, drones, and, and, and…
We live in a bubble. Our kids attend school in a bubble. And a lot of us COETAILers have lived in the bubble for so long that we forget what technology needs look like for the average public school child in the western world let alone that of a child growing up in a developing nation.
Though Rob and I are blue to the core when it comes to the technology for our family and our students… the reality is we both know we need to appreciate the features of the green team’s arguments–we need to equip students with resilience to think and survive without instant access to technology. We don’t want our world to become so reliant on technology that we end up as disgusting digital loners like those blobs in Wall-E. Balance is something we must teach (and model)!
Thanks for humoring us… and for being part of the discussion.