Monthly Archives: April 2012

How to Effectively Reach .0000004% of the World


Modern technology has created a global village. But Earth and its digital infrastructure are vast environments. Reaching everyone is not only impossible – it’s pointless. The skills students need to be productive global citizens are evolving. While technology is not the answer, it can provide students with new opportunities to share and learn. By connecting and collaborating with an interested audience of similar passions, students become valuable leaders and participants in a personalized global learning community.

There are approximately seven billion people on this earth. When students spend hours working on a project to share with their classmates, their time and effort have effectively reached .0000004% of the world’s population.  Continue reading

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Integrating Technology: Lessons from the Amish

The Amish are a unique group of people. They focus on church and family and seem to welcome a degree of separation from the non-Amish world. They’re famous for their simple lifestyle, plain dress, and overall reluctance to adopt the conveniences of modern technology. However, as (non-Amish) school districts continue to invest time, money, and resources in educational technology, there are valuable lessons to be learned from Amish society. While the Amish rely on a simple agrarian lifestyle, the principles they follow are exactly what schools need to effectively integrate instructional technology.  Continue reading

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