A weekend Blue Skunk "feature" will be a revision of an old post. I'm calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post January 19, 2006.
This was posted on the Abilene, Kansas High School Dialogue Buzz website (via Jon Pederson):
I Will as a Student
Let’s have a little competition at school and get ready for the future. I will [as a student] use a laptop and you will use paper and pencil. Are you ready…?I will access up-to-date information - you have a textbook that is 5 years old.
The cost of a laptop per year? - $250
- I will immediately know when I misspell a word – you have to wait until it’s graded.
- I will learn how to care for technology by using it – you will read about it.
- I will see math problems in 3D – you will do the odd problems.
- I will create artwork and poetry and share it with the world – you will share yours with the class.
- I will have 24/7 access – you have the entire class period.
- I will access the most dynamic information – yours will be printed and photocopied.
- I will communicate with leaders and experts using email – you will wait for Friday’s speaker.
- I will select my learning style – you will use the teacher’s favorite learning style.
- I will collaborate with my peers from around the world – you will collaborate with peers in your classroom.
- I will take my learning as far as I want – you must wait for the rest of the class.
The cost of teacher and student training? – Expensive
The cost of well educated US citizens and workforce? - Priceless
Could a teacher offer the same challenge?
I Will as a Teacher
Let’s have a little competition at school and get ready for the future. I will use a laptop and you will use paper and pencil. Are you ready…?
The cost of a laptop per year? - $250
- I can provide up-to-date information to my students - you have a textbook that is 5 years old.
- I can find and change all my instructional materials, worksheets, study guides, tests, every year - you better hope the master is good enough for one more photocopy.
- I will model 21st century skills - technology, information-problem solving and life-long learning - you will lecture about them.
- I will provide my visual learners an accessible means of grasping concepts through multimedia resources - you can use simpler words..
- I give my students a world-wide audience for their creative work – you will share your students' work with the class.
- I will give my students access to study materials and resources for my class 24/7 - you hope they remember to bring home the textbook.
- I will communicate with my students and parents electronically - you can hope to catch them after class or at home in the evenings.
- I will give parents real-time access to how their children are performing in my class - you send our report cards and have two parent-teacher conferences a year.
- I will use the information gathered from computer enabled value-added testing to know exactly what my individual students' strengths and weakness are - you will use whole group instruction.
- I will communicate with educational leaders and experts using email – you will try to remember the advice of the instructor in your college methods class from 1980.
- I will save time by drawing on the generosity and genius of others who have created and shared digital versions of lesson plans, handbooks, templates, guidelines, reading lists, and more - you can use the teacher manual to the textbook series.
- I will honor the variety of reading abilities of my students by providing materials on a topic at a variety of reading levels - you will use the basal reader.
- I will collaborate with my peers from around the world – you will stay behind your classroom door.
- I will allow my students to take their learning as far as they want – you must keep everyone at the same place at the same time.
The cost of teacher training? – Expensive, but no more so than other staff development activities
The cost of effective schools? - Priceless
And what might you add?
(Check out Jaquie Henry's riff, "I Will As a School Librarian" too!)