Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Why Ed Tech Is like Improv Comedy

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Why Ed Tech Is like Improv Comedy

Article excerpt

WELCOME TO the FETC 2015 issue of THE Journal! This magazine marks our return to regular print distribution after a hiatus of more than two years. Why bring a tech publication back into print? Because our mission is to help our readers improve education in any way we can. To do this, we need to reach you every way we can. Many of you have told us that your virtual desktop is more crowded than your literal one, so now we'll be on both, ready to meet you where you are.

Of course I hope that a good number of you are reading this not at your desk but rather in between sessions at FETC. What better way to celebrate the dawn of a new year than gathering in sunny Florida to discover new tech tools and collaborate with colleagues and friends?

Speaking of collaboration, let me explain my headline. When 1 was in college, I was part of an improvisational comedy group. (Imagine Whose Line Is It Anyway? with fewer TV stars and more jokes about Chaucer.) The first rule of improv is this: When someone you're on stage with suggests a direction that a scene can take, rather than sticking rigidly with your own plan and rejecting the new idea by saying, "No, but," you should instead be guided by the rule of "Yes, and. …

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