Returning to, “If it’s not about the technology?”

On September 24, I posted the question here, “If ‘It’s not about the technology,’ then what is it about?”  The response was overwhelming, by my standards, and I finally took some time this morning to read through all of the comments, and to post some of my own.

To get a visual sense of what came out of the conversation, and partly for the fun of it, I popped the comments into Wordle and made the tag cloud below.

Wordle Tag Cloud

Reading through the comments, I jotted down some of the key terms and phrases and counted up the times that they occurred.  Here is the list, sized by their frequency but arranged by their occurrence.

  1. Students
  2. Maintaining Democracy

  3. Pedagogy
  4. Communication/Conversation
  5. Collaboration
  6. Exploring

  7. Differentiating
  8. Creating
  9. Expressing

  10. Interpreting
  11. Learning
  12. Problem Solving
  13. Connections
  14. Skills
  15. relationships
  16. Not just learning something, but doing something with it.
  17. The Story

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.