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A few years ago (well, maybe a little more than a few), there was a well known mantra in the DOE, “Don’t teach technology for technology’s sake.”

Basically the idea was that we shouldn’t be farming out our students to the tech teacher to get an extra break! Totally agree with this. After all, technology should be used to facilitate learning and communication, and the place to do this is in our classroom. But the other idea was that we couldn’t teach the students how to use a particular tech tool as a main objective. The learning objective had to be in a core subject area, and if we were able to incorporate Kid Pix or internet research, then that was a bonus.

My question is: Why NOT teach the students about a tech tool as a main objective?

Realistically I know that if you are teaching someone how to use a tool, and they don’t use it, then they will forget. That’s happened to me many times, and I’m sure it’s happened to you. Practice makes perfect and all that. The context needs to be meaningful and purposeful. In today’s world, use of technology IS meaningful and purposeful. One just has to take a look at India and China and any other number of foreign countries. As educators, we need to make sure that our students are able to recognize technology’s importance in today’s society. It’s the same thing we do for reading, writing, oral communication, mathematics, science, history, geography, the arts, etc.

I know. One more thing to add to the already overflowing plate. This addition, however, is one I’ll gladly take on. For our students’ sake.

Since the inception of this blog, I have been doing lots of reading and listening, thinking and reflecting. Through it all, I feel a sense of discord and unease, but take comfort in the fact that it is a sign of new learning; my newest mentors being the words of Marc Prensky, David Warlick, Will Richardson, and Thomas Friedman, just to name a few. Of course, great teachers such as Dewey, Freire, Gardner, and Montessori are not supplanted, but rather juxtaposed, and their ideas carried forward into the 21st century. I am continually amazed by the connectedness of it all.

And so, you may ask, what does this have to do with the “bibliophile” referenced in the title of this post? Despite the lack of speed with which I post, I have created yet another blog, one specifically for the reading classes, and thus the bibliophiles, I teach, at edublogs.com. Again, an experiment in motivation, in the need for people to have conversation, good conversation, about inspiring words and ideas found within the pages of a book, be they physical or virtual. Perhaps this will allow the student who reads voraciously, to comment as much as he wishes. Perhaps the student who sits quietly, yet thoughtfully, and needs more time to formulate her opinion, will be given that time. Perhaps the relative anonymity (despite an online name that classmates will be able to identify) will create a comfort zone for a student who is afraid to share his ideas in class, face to face. If education is the great equalizer, then technology is surely his tool.

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