I was passing through the office at school today and my principal asked if I could help her with a tech issue. The issue … she saw Karl Fisch’s “Did You Know?” at a school district retreat … during a presentation by an administrator from our district – (NO WAY!!!! … from the district where during a meeting 3 years ago we were angrily told to just be happy having students do projects with Word, Powerpoint and Excel … simple web searches … don’t stress the network … why do you need to do anything else?) … but I digress. She wants to show it during staff training on Wednesday and her problem was that she had the Powerpoint version of “Did You Know?” and a separate sound file that she couldn’t get to play nice. I told her there were new updated versions from that one I would download for her … she was thrilled! Oh … and by the way she also wanted me to get her a copy of Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk from last year that I had given her a link to a few weeks earlier – she actually took the time to see it! She loved it and wants to show that too!
I have been just as frustrated by the SLOOOOWWWWWWW progress towards changing how schools work and teachers teach and using 21st century tools as the next person … I have also for about 6 months been saying that I am truly optimistic about how I see attitudes changing and some things actually beginning to happen. From responses I’ve gotten I understand that sadly that is not the case everywhere, but I’ve also gotten feedback that I’m not the only teacher out there experiencing “The Thaw.”
So as this new school year begins (or is ongoing depending on where you teach and what schedule you follow), share any “Thaw” experiences you have. Is there a real “Thaw” happening (please oh please) or am I just fortunate to live in Fairyland right now?
Making Progress is messy (as is learning).
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