Editor’s Note – The Best is Yet to Come
Online bullying. Sexting. Google cheats. Sometimes the
drumbeat of negative stories with regard to student
tech use can be pretty discouraging. That kind of
stuff never happened back in the good old days—say
2006—right? Even as an admitted techie fan, I
sometimes question my own children’s exposure to
this brave new virtual world.
Leave it to former President Bill Clinton to offer some
perspective. Last month I had the opportunity to hear both him and
CEO Michael Dell speak at a corporate Dell event in Austin, TX.
In classic Clintonian style (started late and went long), he mentioned that during his two terms as
president he sent exactly two emails—one to astronaut John Glenn, who was in orbit, and one to
troops stationed abroad. My eight-year-old will most
likely send more than that just this afternoon.
And that’s a good thing! For while there are some
unpleasant realities to these new experiences, there
are many more examples of fantastic progress. Clinton
and Dell went on to discuss genomic dissection and
the Higgs-Boson discovery; none of that would be
possible without these IT tools. While our T&L advisor
predictions are somewhat less radical,
they are still rather amazing when put into historical
context. Tablet devices for every student with access to
an always-on cloud of information and communication
across the world? No way in 2006! So as we start
another year, let’s try to focus on the incredible
opportunities instead of just the bogeymen. I look
forward to it!
— Kevin Hogan