One of the greatest things we as technology educators leave with students about computing is “in computing, you will surely only get out what you put in. It can only do what you tell it.” It is in this lesson that we must understand today’s moment. Integrating technology in the classroom, no matter what educational sales reps promise, will not fix our local and national legacy of educational injustice, inequity, and imbalance. Disparities will persist. It is our foremost challenge with this era of technology integration as educators, administrators, and families to hack into this toxic code as we power-up our devices.
Media & Technology Specialist, Greene Street Friends School
Graduate, PennGSE M.S.Ed, Reading/Writing/Literacy
This week, I wanted to take a different approach. Using the same time that I reserve to write a post, I took the time to visualize one:
I could've rapped about my hard times on this song
But heaven knows I would a been wrong
I wouldn't a been right, it wouldn't a been love
It wouldn't a been life, it wouldn't a been us
This can't be life
-from Scarface on “This Can’t Be Life.” [explicit lyrics on this link]
There has been an ever growing movement to connect teachers across the world with one another for professional development, sharing resources and stories, and overall elevating individual and collective practice. I love this. I benefit from it. I cheerlead it around my school. But underneath, I know something is missing from this formula that we estimate to transform educational practice.
The contributions of those who we intend to impact.
They become our patient [in crisis, some will say] lying unconscious under anesthesia as we debate which tools are the best to solve their trauma.