Wednesday, I had the fortunate opportunity to hear Patrick Larkin speak at 1:1 Institute’s Leadership Day. His message reflected the importance of sharing a school’s story, the importance of creating an environment of trust, and the importance of empowering learning experiences. Larkin’s comment that one to one initiatives should be learning initiatives not technology initiatives reinforced my philosophy. Too often we see a focus on the device and on the tool, but not the curriculum, instruction, and learning purpose. Access should pave the road for transformation not replication. Scott Mcleod challenges all of us in his blog post “For the Purpose Of…” to frame technology integration: using (insert technology) for the purpose of (insert learning). The shift from the glorified what to the precious learning places value where value is needed. Larkin’s message resonated with the crowd. I was honored to be part of the audience and hear his inspirational call to action.
I often reflect with poetry…the following free verse stream is taken from my notes during Larkin’s presentation:
If we invest in The What, then surely we are investing in The Who…and naturally addressing The How…while, of course, attending to The Why-the treasured place where we should have started. But sometimes we stop; we halt-brakes slammed screeching right at the finish line of The What falling short of all that really matters. Then the necessary question of “Now what?” is not heard, for the audience is too busy celebrating the purchase to realize nothing has changed.