Do you ever stand up to go somewhere, walk over and then wonder why you’re there? Happens to me all the time — wait, that doesn’t sound very reassuring. It happens to me some times.
Often walking back to where I came from to trigger the thought that made me leave in the first place.
Doesn’t really leave one with a strong feeling of confidence in my abilities now, does it?
But, if you’re being honest with yourself I bet it happens to you as well.
What is it about our memory that makes some stuff ‘stick’ and other stuff appear to vanish? Looking back to my 20s I can still recall studying for university exams … reading a section of a text book … then reading it again … and again … all to no avail. That page of information just wasn’t going to stay in my head.
Replicating Earl Grey Tea
We all want our schools to be successful. So, when we see something working really well at one school there’s a tendency to want to replicate it somewhere else. But how do we do that? Is there a guaranteed way to ensure success?
Permit me to digress for just a moment into the world of science fiction …
Star Wars is the standard by which all other movies are measured. Agreed. However, I HAVE been known to watch the occasional Star Trek TV episode. How cool was their food replicator on their starships? You could produce any food or drink item just by asking the replicator computer to make it. Poof! Instant ice cream sundae, chocolate cake or Earl Grey tea.
- No more cooking.
- No more wasted time cleaning.
- Instant replication of something you really like.
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.