Our move to bring more technological resources into BHS has brought us quite a bit of attention in the last few days with three newspaper article:
- Laptop Learning in the Boston Sunday Globe
- Burlington High Goes Wireless, With More Changes Ahead - Boston.com
- The Internet Effect In Burlington - Burlington Union
While it was nice to get all of the positive accolades for our school community, today's first day back with teachers reminded me of why Burlington is such a great place to work. BHS is the school it is because of our phenomenal staff. This thought struck me as I looked around the cafeteria at our entire staff getting familiar with their new laptops.
As we provided a brief overview of these new resources, I saw staff members helping their colleagues who were less tech savvy with questions and problems. What I saw was what I hope we will see next fall when we add over 1,000 student laptops to the equation. This morning in the cafeteria, we were a true community of learners with a few guides around to help describe the outcomes we wanted, but for the most part the learners were finding their own solutions to the problems presented.
The whole experience reminded me of a great blogpost I read by Larry Cuban titled Confusing Technology Integration with Instructional Reform which talked clearly about how schools miss the boat with some technology initiatives. We need to keep the focus on what we are going to do to improve teaching and learning and keep the focus away from simply utilizing technology.