The world today…

Although most of the information presented in the video below will come as no surprise to you, it’s a nice refresher.

We all know cell phones, computers, and technology are an integral part of life today, but this video made me think about how we are adjusting to this phenomenon.

As a teacher, I know that every student in my class is connected, is wired as soon as they leave my classroom.  They all have cell phones with internet access, iPods, laptops and computers in their bedrooms, they can talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time — yet, in most classrooms the only people they’re connected to is the teacher and their peers and they can only talk to one or two people, at their desks, when the teacher tells them.

Why is this?

With the amount of technology that is available, our students should be constantly plugged in, constantly learning and discussing and thinking with people from all over the world.  We have the ability, we just need to embrace it!

By not accepting technology as a necessary part of our students’ lives, we are doing them a disservice.  We are not preparing them for the world that faces them when they leave us.

If the evidence is out there, if everyone knows this is the way society is now…

why is nothing changing?


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Today, someone told me I am obsessed with “newness”.

At first I was offended.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I am.  And aren’t we all?  We get new phones every two years, get new cars every four years, get new jeans, new hairstyles, new wardrobes according to the latest fashion.  We, as a society, are obsessed with newness.  This curse is not an issue isolated to only myself.  It is something to which we are all victims.

Our world today demands for all of us to have an obsession with newness.  Everything is constantly changing, and it is our responsibility to keep up.  Life today protests the old and forces new information, new technology, new ideas into our heads and hands to keep us current.  We are changing — our wants and needs are changing.  Newness keeps the journey interesting.  Newness keeps us searching; it intrigues us with what else there could be, drives us to discover more about ourselves and our purpose, and answers questions to life’s most interesting questions along the way.

This obsession with newness isn’t a burden; it’s a gift.  We demand better.  We strive for better.  We crave something better and beg for it.

The era of newness is upon us!  Have an open mind, keep high expectations, and enjoy the ride.



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