The Power Of Technology

Last Thursday, September 7, Will Richardson (author of Weblogg-Ed and Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, and other Powerful Tools for the Classroom) was interviewed on the Brian Lehrer Show about technology in childrens and teen’s lives, with a short side discussion on DOPA.

In the interview there were two ideas that were repeated over and over again.

  • Educators (teachers and librarians) need to learn about the technology in order to help students of all ages use the technology successfully. At one point Brian Leher said to Richardson something like, “But won’t teens who use My Space go somewhere else once they find their parents and teachers using the site?” Richardson replied something like, “That doesn’t matter. It’s not where teens are but what they are doing with technology that’s important.” In other words it’s not the actual sites that are important to know about it’s what one can do with the sites. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t need to look at and use My Space. But it does mean we need to think beyond what teens are doing on My Space now and consider the site, the technology, and the use in a larger context.
  • Parents have to be brought into the picture. A father called into the show and talked about creating his own My Space space and how that helped him connect to his child and his child’s friends. Exactly.

An MP3 download of the interview is available.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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