For all of the school administrators and/or school policy makers who are hell bent on making sure that resources that can assist in learning remain off the table in their schools, you may need to add to the ever-expanding list of things to which you deny learners access if Google’s latest innovation (see video above) or anything like it hits the market. Then again it really isn’t a matter of when these types of technological advances will become available, it’s really a matter of how soon.
Is there a point in time that you will be embarrassed at the opportunities that you denied learners due to your narrow-mindedness? Isn’t the job of school administrators to add to the list of resources that our staff and students have access too? When will you realize that we are blessed to be in our positions at such a wonderful moment in history? Obviously, I have a lot more questions than answers.
The following statement from Richard Halverson has been stuck in my mind since reading More Districts Are Rewriting Acceptable Use Policies, Embracing Smartphones and Social Media in Schools by Heather Chaplin:
“It’s a historical hiccup in the history of learning,” said Rich Halverson, a learning scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the lead researcher on KidGrid, a mobile app that helps teachers study and analyze student data. “Here we had the most sophisticated advances in the history of learning banned from schools out of fear.”
Imagine looking back on your career and having to admit that you denied your students access to innovative resources? Now that is something to really be afraid of!