Believe it or not, I'm going to be brief. Because my other posts are excessively long, in a Bill Clinton speech – meets Martin Scorsese movie – kind of way, I figure this will help reduce my overall word average for the blog. That will subsequently lower my computed "Windbag Quotient," if only slightly. As in decimal slightly.
I attended the iNacol Technology Convention this week in Glendale. One presenter said something that struck me in its simplicity yet implication and truth: "Many of your students have the totality of all of man's learning in their pockets." At first I tried to figure the physics behind an entire set of Encylopedia Britannica's fitting inside even a very large pocket. And then my Blackberry vibrated at the same time my iPad pinged. Ah, timing.
Or, fictional timing for the sake of narrative drama.
Thinking of it this way certainly prompts one to re-consider our role. We clearly are not the bearers or "bequeathers" of knowledge from on high, anymore. But what are we? Facilitators? Guides? Coaches? Inspirational Speakers? Debaters? Prompters? Assessors? Or, all of the above?
You tell me. And look, I've come in at 204 words. At least that's what my iPad word counter app is telling me.