Point 1: Portability
If we want to integrate IT-technology into the daily lives and make it a tool, just like pen and pencil our focus must be availability. It must be there when we need it. How would our daily work be, if we had to book the pencils in advance? Such tools we expect that we have access to all the time.
This means that IT-technology needs to be portable. We need to be able to take it out and put it away, when we are done with it just like we would do with a pencil or a book. I believe that many teachers like these old well known tools, because they work.
Having a solid social media policy is important for any institution of learning. But building one from the ground up is tricky. A community created one is a great basis for building a policy that matches your exact school.
Just testing the iPhone tumblr app. Quite handy :)
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
Students today expect us to be entertainers, and while we find the material itself riveting enough (since we have devoted much of our lives and money to its study), many younger students cannot usually muster the same enthusiasm. I’m not proposing that we dance for our students or even attempt to meet their impossible standards for stimulation. What they want is an opportunity to connect with the professor and the material in a way that is meaningful and applicable to their lives and goals. I don’t think that is too much to ask.