Sometimes my inspiration for a new blog post comes from educational websites, sometimes from personal conversations, and sometimes from news articles in the local paper. I also read other blogs to gain inspiration. That’s where this one came from — I recently read a post from a teaching colleague that motivated me to create my own short list of Star Wars Wisdom.
For those of you unfamiliar with my passion for Star Wars I should tell you that it is truly one of those past-times from my youth which has extended into my adult life. I get just as excited for the next Star Wars movie as I was for the last one.
As we close out another school year and head into the summer break it seems like a fitting time to discuss some important leadership lessons that I’ve learned over the years — and how Star Wars shares some of this wisdom:
I’m occasionally asked why I’m so passionate about technology in schools. It can admittedly cost a lot of money and for what real advantage?
It’s a GREAT question. And it’s one that I’ve given a fair amount of thought to over the years — even more so in the recent past. You can read some of my thinking in some recent blogs that I’ve written on the topic:
For me the question isn’t really ABOUT the technology — it’s about the effect that technology can have on the learning or lives of those it impacts.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are slowly making their way into schools. Depending on the quality of the needed device a VR headset can be a few dollars (i.e. cardboard cutout that uses your smartphone) or a very expensive one costing hundreds of dollars per unit. AR headsets can be just as expensive.
I’m admittedly a bit cautious when new tech is touted as the next ‘best thing’ for education. Are these headsets just a gimmick with lots of fun entertainment value or are they really a way for students to actually go deeper with their learning?
Like most everything, I suppose it depends on how and why you use them.