|Eric Calandrello took over during one of our iPad presentations and we didn't miss a beat.|
Moving forward with the implementation of many of the new resources available to teachers and students, it is impossible for any one person (teacher, student, or parent) to be an expert on all things. It is so important that we pool our collective resources and talents in order to maximize our potential. If one of us or a small group of us is in control then that individual or small group will have made their task much more difficult than it has to be.
For instance, when one of our staff members got pulled away from one of our iPad distribution sessions the other day one of the students on our support team (Eric above) jumped in and provided a seamless overview for the parents and students in attendance. It was a great example of the depth we have when we rely on our students as a resource and not just passive receivers of information.
We need to embrace the possibilities that will appear when we become a true community of learners. The interesting things is that this has nothing to do with technology but instead about trusting our students to take the lead. As David Weisenberg stated, "The smartest person in the room isn't the person at the front of the room. It's the room." We need to be cognizant of the fact that our students are also in the room.