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Susan Adams

I am already amazed at how dependent I have become on technology to do my work as a teacher and I can hardly imagine what changes are coming down the pike. When I first began teaching in the mid eighties, we did not even have a computer in the building-we sent our report cards and schedules off to some mysterious building where a room-sized computer churned them out IF the technology held up long enough to do the job. Now we are in a hot panic if the PC's in our classrooms are down for a few hours and I am able to collaborate and learn new ideas from colleagues all over the country and even the world.

The next steps for teachers involve finding ways to use the technology as a vehicle for meaningful, engaging learning opportunities for students who know more about the technology than we do (and they always do!). We also must consider the lack of access many students face and the underdeveloped infrastructure that must be addressed befor that African student you described can find access to her teacher of choice.

Thanks for opening up the year with such a compelling image!

hill

i'm assuming this is the same chris anderson from wired and long tail fame...yes? if so (or even if not), the long tail philosophy runs tangential (at best) with current trajectories in just about all areas of ed schools (esp social foundations). what does an ed school appropriation of long tail tenets look like? if "we" don't enact it, it will be enacted for us. btw, i am a fan of anderson and wired with all its libertarian gloss. good job rh.

hill

RH

Yes, the long-tail stuff is fascinating but, as with all business models, it's dangerous to assume a direct correlation with education.

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