I’ve been blogging for over 4 and a half years now, and sometimes what I say is wrong!
“We should encourage tools, especially for our younger learners that can do many things – I think that is one of the great appeals of the ipad.”
On the same topic, and in the same post, two David’s trumped this David (me) on my own post, in their comments. Originally, I said “A tool is just a tool“.
“…do we consider the classroom structure a tool when looking at classroom conversations? Do we consider the gym as a tool when a team is playing volleyball. I see voicethread as a medium rather than a tool. The entire websphere is a medium in which new levels of “conversations” are happening. The differentiation of the types of articulation methods is growing. We have to understand that our paradigm of communication and interaction is antiquated.”
“… The technology we are talking about is not just a tool but a way of being in the culture. A part of social and media literacy. …students talk/speak/communicate/learn/acknowledge/become/desire…. through media for good and bad. A tool is not just a tool, imho. It is a cultural artifice and a way of being.”
In my post I mentioned the need to create learning spaces and Dave MacLean (and later David) make some interesting points that the tools are the spaces or the medium or the cultural artifice… and thus as Michael Wesch says: “we need to learn how to educate in this media-scape”, (my Black & White Education post refers to this).
Good teaching transcends the tools and so be it pencil & paper or wiki or Voicethread or blog or poster board or Glogster, good design is important (on two levels, design of the final product as well as what I’m talking about here – design of the lesson or activity). Also see Ira Socal’s Toolbelt Theory for Everyone “Tools matter though. They are the most basic thing about being human.”
A tool is not just a tool! I was wrong.
…And that’s the beauty of blogging. I get to learn from my peers and mentors that come and visit this learning space. As Dean Shareski says,
“This is the single best professional development experience I’ve had.”
On a related point, Rick Fabro says this about Principals and Vice Principals,
“…they need to be prepared to risk being wrong in order to find ways of responding creatively to the particular context of their school?”
I quote him, on my daily-ink, and say that this applies beyond just Principals and Vice Principals…
WE need to be prepared to risk being wrong in order to find ways of responding creatively to the particular context of OUR schools?
And so as I try to work things out, I’ll ‘blow it’ now and then. I’ll do so rather publicly, right here on my blog. I think out loud here. Some ideas I think are pretty good, sometimes I mull over things that still need work, and sometimes I must confess that I was just plain wrong.
So, that’s right… I was wrong. I often am. Realizing that is key because I often speak with air of authority, especially on my blog. If I don’t recognize my mistakes, if they aren’t challenged, then I don’t learn… I just continue to be wrong and to expunge miss-information.
I was wrong… but I’m learning!