Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love phenomenon), has written a manifesto for people who want to be creative, but are afraid. They may say that they don’t have time to write, or paint, or sculpt, but really they’re afraid. Titled Big Magic, Gilbert also talks about how if the muse comes knocking at your door with an idea and you ignore her, she will deliver the idea to someone else. It’s happened to her with an idea Gilbert had for a novel that her friend, Ann Patchett, ended up writing, titled State of Wonder (even though they never discussed it). New Age whoo-whoo you say? I don’t think so.
A week or so ago the Wall Street Journal ran an article that caused a stir about how technology in classrooms doesn’t always boost education results as much as we had hoped. According to a 2015 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), despite greater access to technology in today’s schools, students are not necessarily making significant gains in mathematics and reading. The report states,
“We have not yet become good enough at the kind of pedagogues that make the most of technology; that adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices will just dilute the effectiveness of teaching.”
Yes! We at TechnoTeaching agree. It’s how you integrate new tools in meaningful ways that matters!
I’m getting to Gilbert’s theory. I read this report in the International Wall Street Journal on a flight home from Europe. Tired and jet-lagged, I thought about writing a blog post about it, but let it slide. I did not heed my muse.
Sure enough the next day I opened my inbox to discover that tech queen, Vicki Davis, wrote a bang-up piece about the OECD report in her September 26th newsletter. Is it possible that my muse whispered in her ear? This happens a lot. Davis, as you may know, blogs as the Cool Cat Teacher. She is often listed as one of the top edtech bloggers, and deservedly so.
Lately we’ve been following Davis here at TechnoTeaching and are impressed by her smarts. We also like the way she gives each new subscriber a gift—“Ten Habits of Bloggers that Win.” In response to the OECD report Davis reminds us, “It is not about what you HAVE but what you DO with what you HAVE.” Right on!
So, there you are. If you’ve read Big Magic let us know. If you follow the Cool Cat Teacher let us know. And Linda Davis, if you’re listening out there at @coolcatteacher we’d love to feature you as a guest blogger. You can talk about anything you want. Even if your muse continues to beat us to the punch.
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