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Nothing much to say here (what’s new?), but I wanted to record this date for posterity. On August 24, 2010, I told my wife I’m ready to drop “technology” as a major part of my third-grade teaching effort. I know that students at this age are doing incredible things with technology…but so what? I’ve done blogging, wikis, and programming with Logo and Scratch. We’ve beaten MS Word and PowerPoint into the ground. Movie Maker or Photostory? Done that…big whoop. When I tell my students we’re going to the computer lab, there’s absolutely no enthusiasm. When I tell them we’re going outside, though, I get a totally different reaction. Tech is out, outdoors experiential learning is in.
The source of my blasphemous thoughts: Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv. My class and I are returning to my first love (which was established when all phones were attached to the wall and we had 4 channels to choose from). I don’t even need parent permission to embark on this new endeavor! See you outside…
The blogging’s been a little light this summer…ya’ think!?