Magazine article Technology & Learning

One Hamburger at a Time

Magazine article Technology & Learning

One Hamburger at a Time

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How do you eat a whole cow? One hamburger at a time. That was a joke my daughter brought home from preschool a few years back, one that doubled her over with laughter every time she told it. It's been a while since those days of naps, plastic castles, and around-the-block Halloween parades, but that joke's punch line still crops up around our house when somebody is faced with a challenge or task that seems overwhelming or daunting at first. Tackling a large problem bit by bit, one day at a time, sometimes through trial and error, is a theme that emerged again as I reviewed the profiles of the three technology programs that editors Amy Poftak, Kristen Kennedy, and I put together after visiting schools and talking to educators and students. The programs are diverse--an experimental high school in southern California; a suburban district in Massachusetts; and a university-inspired initiative on the University of California, Berkeley campus--but each one of them is an example of what can be done when the drive and the determination is there. As Orpheus Crutchfield, director of the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology told me during my visit last summer, their program for minority students is still a fairly small, grassroots effort, but they're "chipping away" at the digital divide, one piece at a time. You can read about what all three institutions are doing to teach students and educators with and about technology in this month's cover feature, "Taking the Initiative: Three Ed Tech Programs" page 32. …

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