Here it is again, that time of year
when we toast to auld lang syne, whatever that
means, and make promises we most likely can’t
keep. For 2012, rather than fall back on the usual
diet and exercise attempts (no fun in that), I
will focus on a few resolutions concerning our
editorial coverage in Tech & Learning.
First, some semantics: This year we resolve to banish the phrase
professional development from these pages. It’s a bothersome
expression that does more to confuse than explain. Instead we
will refer to “professional learning” when discussing education
for educators. A small distinction, perhaps, but one I hope you
encourage us to maintain.
Now, for something more substantial: I like to think that we do
a pretty good job of keeping it real around here. No breathless
announcements of how technology will solve it all. Very few
exclamation points punctuating “revolutionary 21st-century
transformations,” blah, blah, blah. Sometimes, however, the geek
does get the better of us. That’s why we’re using this month’s
cover story, “How It’s Done,” as a benchmark for our future
editorial coverage. Expect the value of our stories to be not the
tech itself but how fellow educators use it to their advantage.
Finally, be ready for a new Tech&Learning look and feel both
in print and online over the coming weeks. We expect that our
redesigns will help tie together our day-to-day coverage on the
Web and our monthly print analysis. Also, what better time than
the new year for a makeover? As always, I would love to hear
your feedback. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year!
P.S. Auld lang syne means “times gone by.” I googled it.