Saturday, August 04, 2007

Maine is Different

David Warlick discusses our conversations with students at the Summer Teacher Leader Institute on his blog here entitled Maine is Different.

And as a side note, I truly believe in that title. It would be easy to say that it's the tech - (our 1to1 Maine Learning Technology Initiative has put laptops in the hands of every 7th and 8th grader, and is now moving to high school staff statewide.)

But if it was just about the technology, it would have failed long ago as so many other programs without a specific educational rational to them. There has to be an educational baseline to the technology, period. Without that, why bother.

As David mentioned, one of my students is an Apple Developer and has the opportunity to preview Apple software before release. He, as well as a number of my students, help conduct professional development for teachers throughout the year. Once again, students as teachers - teachers as students.