This video was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate school leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.

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Comment by KK Zutter on March 16, 2009 at 1:16pm
What struck me about this video was that the kids didn't speak their thoughts, instead, they wrote them. It struck me that most students don't feel safe enough to speak their ideas about how teachers could best teach them, and I don't think most teachers ask. Perhaps, it is also true that most kids and most teachers don't know how best to teach a prescribed curriculum using new technology. This video reminds me of how our traditional classrooms can silence children. Our challenge, then becomes for teachers to explore ways we can do this...and to use teacher networks (ie. Classroom2.0 )to collaborate, brainstorm, and support each other. By so doing we can learn faster, avoid reinventing the wheel, and benefit from thinking and work our fellow minded colleagues.
Comment by Andrew on May 4, 2008 at 12:33pm
I have to say while I was a sucker for to these 21st century predictions early on. But is anyone taking a critical view here? It's always this sort of grim thing where kids are "in the know" with this sullen "what are you going to do about it?" vibe. I am an enthusiastic "early adopter" and teach music almost entirely through technology (and Web 2.0 means). But we really have to lose this Left Brain , blame game approach if we want to win people over to the cause of 21st learning initiatives.

That kids will spend 5 1/2 hours a day on a computer or that they "text" does not prove any point except, perhaps, they shouldn't be wasting so much time? If the computer use and texting are directed to some educational aim, then OK. But that kids may do this does not make a teacher ignorant if he or she doesn't. Oh, and texting requires a wireless contract which less than 1/2 of all kids have since it is extremely expensive by most American standards.
Comment by Web 2.0 Class on April 16, 2008 at 7:11am
I have seen this before - In my opinion, of all the videos out there on the subject this is the most powerful. It stuck me more as a parent than as a teacher.
Comment by Marie on April 15, 2008 at 8:09pm
Great, I loved this video, kids need to do what they love to do (they are doing it at home, why not at school?)

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