Magazine article Leadership

Living, Learning in the Physical and Virtual Worlds: When the Tools We're Already Using outside the Classroom Are Used for Learning Inside Our Schools, Technology's Promise Will Be Realized

Magazine article Leadership

Living, Learning in the Physical and Virtual Worlds: When the Tools We're Already Using outside the Classroom Are Used for Learning Inside Our Schools, Technology's Promise Will Be Realized

Article excerpt

When I was a young teenager I remember telling my randfather the changes in the world that would occur in my children's lifetime would be greater than the changes in any other lifetime. This led him to believe that I was an idiot. He was born when the main mode of transportation was the train or something pulled by a horse. Now, in his driveway was a vehicle that he could drive 70 miles per hour, and he could get on an airplane and cross the country in a matter of hours. He fiercely claimed that no other generation would ever witness the changes he had seen.

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Evolution of the Apple Ile

I was a principal when our school received its first computer. It was a gift from Apple. We set it up and walked around it unsure of what it could do, but certain that it would do something wonderful. Contrast that to yesterday, when I was at a college basketball game using my phone to check on the scores of games in other sports in other locations, to shop for a pair of coveralls because I was going to have to crawl under our house to make a repair, and to write a letter to my sister--which she instantly received in Portland, Oregon.

Doing this seemed perfectly ordinary. In fact, I wondered why it took my sister more than 15 minutes to respond.

However, I was recently astounded by Yong Zhao's observation in his book "Catching Up or Leading the Way":

"The virtual world is as real as the physical world, psychologically, economically, politically, and socially. …

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