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What does it mean to be an educated person?

What does it mean to be an educated  person? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This is an important question. It is culturally and community sensitive. What does educated mean in different contexts? This question leads another one. What is school for?

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Is Digital Equity the Civil Rights Issue of the Day?

Is Digital Equity the Civil Rights Issue of the Day? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"The civil rights movement has always been about ensuring that all people, regardless of race, sex, income, religion, or other factors, have equal access to opportunity. In today’s world, technology is increasingly needed to access many opportunities. But not everyone has equal access to technology. The idea of digital equity as a civil rights issue has been raised, and many are calling digital equity the civil rights issue of our day."


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It may not be "the" social justice issue of the day. It is definitely "a" social justice issue of the day.
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Digital Tools and Distraction in School

Digital Tools and Distraction in School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We should be deliberately teaching middle and high school students how to manage their devices.
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The take away from the article is learning to focus. Daniel Goleman is cited indicating that focus is essential to school success.
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Digital Assignments - Include a Parent Corner - Teacher Tech

Digital Assignments - Include a Parent Corner - Teacher Tech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When creating digital assignments, consider also including a parent corner. A specific note to the parent and include reflection questions

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When students did projects that might include parental supervision, I provided guidelines for parents i.e. be a consultant rather than do the project. The reflection questions point is excellent.
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Why teachers’ support is vital to blended learning success

Why teachers’ support is vital to blended learning success | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A guest post by Don Brown Blended learning provides today’s students with some control over their own learning paths. By combining elements of a traditional classroom with digital learning (and student input and customization of that learning), students have more opportunities for success. Royd Darrington and Natalie Darrington are education leaders in Utah’s Juab School District and Royd is the principal of  Juab High School which was recently admitted to the League of Innovative Schools, a network of superintendents and administrators solving the challenges of K-12 learning through research and technology. This is a conversation with them regarding implementation of blended …
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Teachers need support regardless of the model being used in a school.
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Jillian Schaibly's curator insight, July 25, 9:50 PM
This article takes about the support of teacher for students. Having a blended classroom where you are able to open up and talk with student can encourage learning, students are able to create in a sense their learning. As administrator you need to understand the different types of learning techniques that can be used, and be able to support the teacher when using them.
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How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"iGen (the generation of young people born between 1995 and 2012) is showing mental health issues across a wide variety of indicators. They're more likely than young people just five or 10 years ago to say that they're anxious, that they have symptoms of depression, that they have thought about suicide or have even [attempted] suicide. So across the board, there's a really consistent trend with mental health issues increasing among teens."


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This is an interesting and provocative article using research to support its claims.
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The digital native is a myth

The digital native is a myth | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people — and is no better at multitasking.
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Even Marc Prensky the originator of the idea has backed off from the concept of an entire generation being a monolith of people who share the same skills.

One teacher I interviewed spoke about her students being more adept with digital tools. This does not mean they can use them in their learning.
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‘Not Everyone Is Built for It’: Students Offer Their Take on Virtual Schooling - EdSurge News

‘Not Everyone Is Built for It’: Students Offer Their Take on Virtual Schooling - EdSurge News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Virtual schools—a fiercely debated topic. Some, like Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the American Legislative Exchange Council, are in favor. Others, including researchers like Columbia University professor Aaron Pallas, have pushed back. In fact, last January, Pallas called out DeVos for presenting misleading graduation rates quoted from K12 Inc. while presenting her case for virtual school expansion.

But politicians and researchers aside, what do the students who attend virtual schools think? Are they pleased with their experiences, or wishing they could return to the brick-and-mortar, traditional schools where they started?

This week, EdSurge sat down with Amanda Regan, a graduate of Virtual High School in Ontario, Canada, and Kiaha Raigoza, a product of California Virtual Academies and the Flex Program through the University of Wisconsin. Unlike the aforementioned researchers and politicians, both Regan and Raigoza experienced virtual schooling for themselves, and shared with us the pros, cons, and questions they still have around the roles that virtual schools can play in both K-12 and higher education.

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One of the great challenges is school reform people think there is one great solution. There is not. There are many small solutions. At the heart of it all is teaching.
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STILL following “WE have ALWAYS done it this way” OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? | #ModernEDU #CriticalTHINKing 

STILL following “WE have ALWAYS done it this way” OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? | #ModernEDU #CriticalTHINKing  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

STILL following "WE have ALWAYS done it this way" OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? Well, when analyzing posts from EDUcators, TEACHers from around the world on Social-Media twitter since 2009 already, I must admit (excuse-me please...) that MOST of THEM are still on a Fixed-Mindset! Very rare are those who have already adapted their…

 

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Technology is a conversation about how to choose and use tools in schools.
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STILL following "WE have ALWAYS done it this way" OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? Well, when analyzing posts from EDUcators, TEACHers from around the world on Social-Media twitter since 2009 already, I must admit (excuse-me please...) that MOST of THEM are still on a Fixed-Mindset! Very rare are those who have already adapted their…

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=growth+mindset

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 

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What We're Watching: Is Technology the Solution to Education Reform? - Education Next

What We're Watching: Is Technology the Solution to Education Reform? - Education Next | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
No, says Rick Hess in this 60-second video produced by AEI.

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Technology is a conversation with, about, and through our tools. That means how we use our tools is situational. Maslow said, if the only tool we have is a hammer, everthing looks like a nail.
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Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A new study reports that the mere sight of one's own smartphone—even if the phone is turned off and face down—can create "brain drain" by depleting finite cognitive resources.
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"Remember: Anytime you (or your children) need to optimize attentional control and cognitive function, keeping smartphones out of sight helps to boost brain power and minimize brain drain."

Smart phones are a tool. How we use them is a conversation.
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How Much Do Educators Care About Edtech Efficacy? Less Than You Might Think - EdSurge News


Dr. Michael Kennedy, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, was relatively sure he knew the answer to this research question: “Whe

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The administrators I worked for did not even favour digital tools that were referred by poor quality research, let alone high quality research.
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Teachers, Calibrate your Change-o-Meters!

Teachers, Calibrate your Change-o-Meters! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Are you keeping up? Are we keeping up?

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" Digital technologies turn out to be 'both liberating and exploitative, democratizing and disempowering', and was 'described in our interviews as a site of increased individualization of responsibility and individualization of risk – supporting shifts in the nature of teachers’ work that could be seen as weakening collective interests as well as institutional responsibilities.'”

Heidegger argued we should not blindly and lifelessly use tools and we should treat them as the devil's work. Technology is a conversation with, through, and about our tools. Maybe teachers lag behind in some ways, but how do we know that?
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Teachers, Calibrate your Change-o-Meters!
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The Global Search for Education: Is Blended Learning Overhyped? Our Teachers Around the World Weigh In

The Global Search for Education: Is Blended Learning Overhyped?  Our Teachers Around the World Weigh In | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A decade ago, many predicted that K-12 education might shift entirely online, especially in the upper grades.


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There is a point where students need teachers to help guide their learning. The Dreyfus model of expert learning suggests there is a point where students become more independent and able to make sound choices. Teaching is both relational and ethical.
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Blended learning is becoming the norm for some educators. I'd like to see more of it implemented with more effect and creativity. I think that's coming as classroom teachers get more confident in how blended learning can help them working smarter for their students and as administrators support their teachers in implementing blended learning in ways that make sense.

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Technological and Human Metaphors and Their Impact on Education

Technological and Human Metaphors and Their Impact on Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Recently, I woke up thinking about language, how it can reflect and shape our beliefs and values. When we use contemporary metaphors about technology, for example, to describe the human brain, some can look at that as what a missionary might call contextualization. We are using the language of the day to communicate an important truth. However, modern metaphors are not neutral. They don’t just help us explain. They also change how we understand something. As such, there are important considerations when we start to describe the human experience using technological metaphors, and when we begin to describe the technological using human metaphors or language associated with the human experience.

Cell phones do not die. Computers do not have memory. I’m sorry Descartes, but the human body is not a machine. I am not suggesting that it is wrong to use such metaphors, but they are also not without influence on our individual and collective understanding of self and the world. Such language might even contribute to our treating people more like machines, treating machines more like humans or living creatures, or finding ourselves increasingly content with technological substitutes for the fundamental truth about human needs implicit in the words, “It is not good for man to be alone.” We are relational beings. Without creating some new set of man-made laws or moral boundaries, I suspect that we are wise to become more intentional about the use of language that draws us toward what it means to be human.

Via Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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"Technological metaphors technologize the way that we think about education, and metaphors associated with life and humanity offer us another opportunity to humanize education. This is true even as we explore the benefits of learning analytics and big data, metric-driven learning, competency-based education, computer-assisted education, blended and online learning, or a dozen other developments."

The Buddha said "what we think we become." Metaphors have a way of doing that to us. We begin to think of schools as businesses, students as consumers, and teachers as entrepreneurs. What is interesting is that technology is a conversation, not a tool in the strictest sense of the word.
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8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment #Infographic 

8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment #Infographic  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Rigor, data-based decision making may lead teachers to errors in assessing student learning. Find out how to address these issues thoughtfully.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 15, 1:34 PM
This is an informative infographic for teachers. Good teachers continuously learn about their students and their needs.
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8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment
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Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate

Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard the warning cries: automation will disrupt entire industries and put millions of people out of jobs. In fact, up to 45 percent of existing jobs can be automated using current technology. However, this may not necessarily apply to the education sector. After a detailed analysis of more than 2,000-plus work activities for …

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Empathy is not something that can be written up in a set of algorithms. I begin with that premise and it might be impossible to replace teachers with robots.
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From the Back of the Classroom – The Synapse – Medium

From the Back of the Classroom – The Synapse – Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I believe statements such as these, that often make great Tweets, create compounding problems for educators. Technology isn’t just “there”. It doesn’t just permeate the classroom like the air we…
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"As teachers, we need to be professional about the decisions we make about technology use."

I agree with virtually everthing in the article. One key point is that digital tools and tools of any kind should not just disappear into the background. Our choices, as suggested in the noted quote, have to be thoughtful, well-planned, and caring. In short, teachers need to choose the right tool for the given moment.

The point about professional photographers in the article is valid. Good professionals take good care of their tools and are aware of them at all times.
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The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy

The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Juergen Wagner, Ines Bieler
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Well used tools can benefit teaching and learning. A key here might be the autonomy students experience, which can lead to them being responsible for their learning.
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NZ's digital curriculum misses the point

NZ's digital curriculum misses the point | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
'This document feels as though it has been written by someone who has never stepped foot in a classroom.'
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When we decide to whittle our subject, tool, and skills down to learning outcomes that can somehow be measured, we excise the life from what we are doing. Furthermore, this exercise in futility is often done by those furthest from the classroom who have forgotten what it means to teach or never undertood it.
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Essay: 'How do we really seize the day?' by Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author

Essay: 'How do we really seize the day?' by Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The spirit of this centuries-old philosophy has been hijacked. It’s time to get back to its original meaning, says Roman Krznaric

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"n our age of distraction, where we are checking our phones an average of 110 times a day, grasping these different meanings is more important than ever. They are an antidote to the reality that we are, as Dead Poets’ Mr Keating (and also Shakespeare) put it, “food for worms”. Life is short and our time is running out.

But here’s the problem: carpe diem has been hijacked, and the result is that its potential to transform our lives is rapidly slipping away from us. This hijacking is an existential crime of the century – and one we have barely noticed."

I used the movie Dead Poet's Society to write a paper about teaching while doing my M Ed.
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bobbygw's curator insight, July 30, 11:19 AM
Roman Krznaric is an Australian philosopher and the author of international bestseller Empathy: a Handbook for Revolution. He is a founder of the Empathy Museum. Visit his online Empathy Library here. His latest book is Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
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Innovate My School - How to develop effective edtech integration | #ModernEDU #ICT #Pedagogy

Innovate My School - How to develop effective edtech integration | #ModernEDU #ICT #Pedagogy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Technology is bringing a holistic, radical change to the new generations’ life. The learners that we currently have in schools are those who Snapchat their daily life experiences, YouTube their practices and share their voices by tweeting; they have the world at the tips of their fingers.“The fear is that digital natives will start perceiving school as non-authentic.” In minutes, they can change a thought to a video, a live stream or a podcast that they can share globally.

Technology integration as a process

As mentioned earlier, technology integration is a process that is incorporated in lesson planning. It is not about picking up an app and forcing it into teaching to make it more attractive. With pedagogy steering the process, the first step is to identify the learning objectives. Typically, the teacher will then decide on the methods and assessment tools to achieve learning objectives in a student-centered learning environment. 

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 


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Technology is bringing a holistic, radical change to the new generations’ life. The learners that we currently have in schools are those who Snapchat their daily life experiences, YouTube their practices and share their voices by tweeting; they have the world at the tips of their fingers.“The fear is that digital natives will start perceiving school as non-authentic.” In minutes, they can change a thought to a video, a live stream or a podcast that they can share globally.

Technology integration as a process

As mentioned earlier, technology integration is a process that is incorporated in lesson planning. It is not about picking up an app and forcing it into teaching to make it more attractive. With pedagogy steering the process, the first step is to identify the learning objectives. Typically, the teacher will then decide on the methods and assessment tools to achieve learning objectives in a student-centered learning environment. 

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 

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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically. One of the biggest misconceptions students at last week’s New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference (NMC) brought up was the idea that millennials are digital natives.

"Most people have heard this story before: the eight-year-old son teaching his forty-year-old dad how to use some new device or app. However, despite being an allegory of our times, a lot has been said off-the-record about misconceptions regarding students’ technological abilities. In an interview with EdSurge, Alexandra Pickett, the Director of New York State University’s Center for Online Teaching Excellence, noted that many of her students know how to use online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for fun, but have no idea how to leverage them for academic and professional use. It’s a point the students at NMC echoed."


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What we use digital tools for in our daily lives is not what we use them for in classrooms. Neil Selwyn's and Larry Cuban's research have shown that digital tools used poorly do not improve teaching and learning
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Jessica's curator insight, July 17, 7:10 PM
This is something I'd like to address beginning in middle school.
Chris Carter's curator insight, July 25, 7:17 PM
So true. Born into a digital world, we assume kids know how to navigate it. But really, did you know how to navigate your world when you grew up? Most kids are digital "naives" rather than digital natives, knowing just enough to do what they want to do. When I chaired a student-centered panel at EduTECH Asia in Singapore, the kids said the same thing. We should not unnecessarily put students in a box that assumes they know how to use the tools, to full effect, that the digital world provides.
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 25, 9:39 PM

I'm kinda not surprised by this!

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A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Online social interactions are no substitute for the real thing.
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"The full story when it comes to online social media use is surely complex. Exposure to the carefully curated images from others’ lives leads to negative self-comparison, and the sheer quantity of social media interaction may detract from more meaningful real-life experiences. What seems quite clear, however, is that online social interactions are no substitute for the real thing."

The use of digital tools and social media should be viewed as the use of a tool. It does not replace human, face-to-face interaction.
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How Parents Can Instill Good Digital Citizenship in Kids

How Parents Can Instill Good Digital Citizenship in Kids | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Good digital citizenship will only become more important.as our lives increasingly lack the physical context kids need to distinguish good and bad.

Via Ajo Monzó, juandoming
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Parents and teachers working together and communicating can form partnerships to help children learn what it means to be a good digital citizen.

Technology is a conversation about our tools.
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Technology Can Be A Tool, A Teacher, A Trickster

Technology Can Be A Tool, A Teacher, A Trickster | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Shaping technology to some form of learning could depart pretty radically from the more familiar aim of shaping technology to the way we are now, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.
Via Martin Debattista
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I am not sure technology is a tool, teacher, or trickster. The etymology of technoloy means a conversation with, about, and through a craftsperson's tools. It takes wisdom to use one's tools well.
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