How Far?

My SnowflakeMy daughter starts her student teaching today. I don’t mind telling you that my first day of student teaching was 30+ years ago. The degree to which things have changed, at least in some classrooms, became apparent as I was scanning through some recent classroom teacher blogs, and I ran across a post that represented today’s agenda for an elementary class. One of the assignments read…

Go to The Snowflake Maker When there click on Make Your Own Snowflake. Move the scissors and click to cut the snowflake. Then save your snowflake and email to (teachers e-mail address).

Now my immediate response was, so what’s wrong with kids learning to use real scissors. But I’m sure that there are drawers of scissors in her classroom, and that her students have plenty of experience using them. Today, it is probably as important for students to learn to use scissors controlled by a mouse as it is to operate real ones.

The real kicker was the last statement in the post:

Next week we will work on our avatars in Portrait Illustrator.

Added 1/6/08:
I’ve not added this caveat until now, because this post has generated some useful conversation. But I want to note here that this entry was not intended as an advocacy of any particular applications for technology.  It was nothing more than an observation of how much things have changed between the time that I student taught and today, as my daughter has begun her student teaching.  A lesson involving virtual scissors and avatars would have simply seemed to weird back when computers, as we know the, hadn’t even been invented yet.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.