Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hello World! I’m Reconnected!!!!

After a week of living in the dark, literally, now I know how my students must feel.   Losing power, like many of you along the Eastern Seaboard of the US, I found my connection to the outside world disabled.  My ability to get online and get information I needed in real time was being determined by others not by me.  I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to log on only to realize I had no power to my desktop and my laptop was useless as my wireless was also without power.  Now think about our students with their burning questions or need to find information right at that moment.  Those same kids that when they are out of school are able to connect 17/7 (that’s minus the 7 hours they are in school).  In a one or two computer classroom, their fate is much the same as mine last week, forced to get their information from a single source or during those rare opportunities to log on to the internet.  Talk about a curiosity, inquiry, and innovation killer.  No wonder the first thing they do when they exit the school building each day is fire up their mobile devices.  If you have not experienced a week without power and connectivity and think I am being a little overdramatic, try it for yourself.   I doubt you will be able to go a day or two.  As if I wasn’t a big fan of 24/7 mobile connectivity for our kids already, last week sealed the deal for me. 

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