And another thing…

A classmate posted this article by Margaret Wheatley, in a forum which discussed cell phones in the classroom. In it, she discusses the thoughts of French philosopher Jacques Ellul; she describes Ellul’s “harsh clarity”

Once a technology enters a culture, it takes over. It feeds on itself,assisted by eager adoption and demands for more of it. Social structures, such as values, behaviors, and politics, can’t help but organize around the new technology’s values. The predictable result is the loss of existing cultural traditions and the emergence of a new culture

This is the hyperconnected, technologically consumed world we live in. Cell phones, tablets, super fast internet aren’t withering away, they will be here for longer than you or I will be teaching. Students of tomorrow will be slightly more dependant on and slightly more distracted by them, than yesterdays…embrace the change…

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