Monday, April 27, 2009

Thinking in a New Way

February 2nd, 2009.

That was the day I wrote the first post on this blog. And I haven't missed a single day since. Sometime very soon (like in a day or so) we'll hit 250 posts. I never thought this blog would take off in quite the way it has, nor did I think it would become such a fundamental part of my professional life. I've really come to see blogging itself as a form of professional development. I never would have considered that on Feb 1st, 2009.

I've found myself constantly challenged (in the positive way) by readers and commenters on all sorts of subjects related both to the broad philosophical and political implications of educational technology as well as the day-to-day issues of running a paperless classroom. This discussion has led to further exploration of education itself as well as technology. And I think it remains very important that we don't forget the 'education' part of 'educational technology'.

And I've been learning constantly. Three months ago, I was a Twitter newb. Last Thursday, I actually gave a Latin test entirely on Twitter. Things change. They change fast. To paraphrase my response to a Tweet not long ago: the most important thing you can have in a paperless classroom is fearlessness.

Thanks to all of the regular readers of this blog. If you have not subscribed, please do; it's easy and it's a good boost to my ego (!).

In return, I will continue, in the spirit of that first post way back in the Winter, to blog about education AND technology.
"Because it's not just about saving paper. It's about thinking in a new way."


  1. Great blog. I have been working to go as paperless as possible. It's a little harder with only 8 computers in the room, but I have made a lot of changes. Thanks for the advice.

    - check out mine too!

  2. Thanks for your hard work. Really enjoy your blog and tweets. It encourages me as I try to go as paperless as possible. I feel like you so often nail my thougths on the head--It's not about the paper, but a revolutionary way of student centered teaching that is relevent and personal!

    Next step for me is changing the style of teaching of my school and then the district. Aim High!

  3. Hmm. So how do you give a test on Twitter?


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