Just had to Shout this One Out

I in my day off in Hong Kong.  It’s a Chinese holiday, and I’m fighting to get the final proof done on Redefining Literacy 2.0 before I get busy again.  Today may be my last day off in weeks.

Spore EverywhereAnyway, in testing links, I found myself at Will Richardson’s blog, and scanning through his report on his first 90 minutes with Spore.  I’ve not gotten it yet, but texting my son, found that he was in outer space in less than six hours.  But he said that the fun was in going back and just playing around with the possibilities, testing ideas about adaptation. [Image ((“Spore Everywhere.” Shadowstorm’s Photostream. 16 May 2006. 14 Sep 2008 <http://flickr.com/photos/shadowstorm/147918291/>. ))]

One of the 18 comments on the post came from someone named Ryan.  He didn’t include a blog URL, and although I could speculate on who he is, I’ll not here.  The conversation was about instructional integration, and Ryan said,

…we need to quit looking at tools and saying, ?How can I make this educational??, we need to look at an educational need and say, ?What tool that exists can fill this need?? or ?What needs to be built to fit this need??

So many posts about, ?trying to figure out how to get twitter into the classroom.?

Don?t try to cram every cool new technology into the classroom ? it?s bad for our cause!

This is so very true.  It doesn’t mean that we should avoid paying attention to these things, and playing them ourselves.  I think that it is important for us to understand these experiences and what and how our students are learning in them — even if they are not part of the st-st-st-standards.

Thanks, Ryan…

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.