Swimming ...

We are swimming in a sea of technology these days. We have become interested to the point of distraction…literally.

It’s an app today, but a new software tomorrow. It’s the latest iPhone or virtual reality experience. It’s scattered and random and based on what is trending right now. It’s goat yoga and lularoe leggings. We forget that we are members of the human race with a verse to contribute.

How do you make sense of all of these devices and experiences powered by the latest greatest technology?

Ironically enough, an iPad Air commercial expressed this better than any author, commercial, or expert has been able watch it here.

Its basic message was that humans can and should do what we’ve done for thousands of years-- create, innovate, thrive, entertain, inspire, analyze, explore--and technology should enable us to do those things better. Our focus shouldn’t be on the technology itself, but the goal behind what we want to accomplish.

Whether we are perfecting an art, studying the weather, writing, planning an event, gathering data, our focus should be those very things and not the technology surrounding them. One should choose the best form of technology to make gathering data better, faster, deeper, more precise. Then, that we become better organized and more purposeful in our craft.

What does it mean?

What does this mean for educators? Do you find it easy to become distracted by all of the technology available to you? That’s overwhelming.

We feel like we need to keep up with it all, but we don’t have time for the pursuit.

It’s time to get back to the basics of what we want to accomplish in our classrooms. Once we can outline those simple goals in our heads, we need to choose the technology that will make reaching those goals easier. For example, you have 8 students that are receiving some form of interventions to bring them back to grade level, you have 11 average performing students, 4 gifted and 4 on an IEP. You need to remediate and accelerate while teaching the standards so that all will reach mastery.

You may need to rethink your instructional model altogether OR you need more of you to do what you are already doing.

Decide what those basal goals are, then choose your technology to help you accomplish them….and forget the rest. Sir Ken Robinson reminds us that “...education has to be recognized as a human business.” Let’s keep it at that, and not dilute our classrooms with the futile pursuit of toys.

What technology can you use to improve what you’ve been doing for years? Whether you are a teacher, a stay-at-home mom or dad, a CEO, or an artist, you can choose how you can be more creatively engaged in your craft. So, what will your verse be?