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  1. Thank you for this post! I am the tech coordinator but I am first and foremost a teacher. We have to think first about our kids, their needs and ask if whatever we are doing encourages them to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, and makes a lasting impression. If it is tech-great. If it is crayons-also great.

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    1. What reforms would you like to see so that problem-solving and critical thinking are more prevalent after in schools?

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  2. I think another myth is that technology = engagement and expediency, especially when it comes to creativity. There's a reason I carry a spiral-bound notebook in my bag every day and have been doing so for the last 17 years and why I will also write drafts in longhand if I am afforded the time. That's because I've found that writing on a computer actually takes longer because of all of the distraction that the internet provides. I'll start writing something and then within five minutes I'm checking status, Tweeting, reading something on another blog ... and I don't get back to my writing until the next day.

    I know proclaiming that I like a vacuum isn't going to win me any awards, but there's something comforting about writing in solitary, pushing out the distractions of the outside world and getting in my own head. Oh sure, there are times when I listen to music while I write or do other work, or I might throw on a movie for noise, but a lot of times I go out of my way to make sure it's just myself and the words on the page. It takes away the distraction and also helps take away the urgency to publish what I'm writing. It reminds me that not everything sees the light of day and has to be shared or workshopped or collaborated upon. I think that in our current day and age of social media one-upsmanship, that gets lost sometimes.

    Another solid, thought-provoking post.

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    1. Solitude matters. Every time I start on a novel, I realize that I don't know how to write without an audience at first. I need to turn off everything and live in my mind for awhile. It's uncomfortable. It's often low-tech.

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  3. Myth 4 really resonates with me. I think too many parents take for granted that their young child will be able to handle the access that an iPad or a Kindle gives them, without really thinking through the implications of entertaining a young, developing brain with something that has at best minimal limits on information access. Just recently a friend of mine was aghast to discover that his seven year-old was viewing pornography on his iPad while in the living room at family time. We have to be thoughtful with how we implement and use technology on a daily basis.

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    1. That's sad to hear and I have a hunch it comes from the digital native myth.

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  4. I think what it comes down to is there are pros and cons for anything we do in life whether it is using technology or making life decisions. I agree with Myth 1. My father is a retired educator and somewhat of a Luddite. He isn't a big fan of technology because of the dehumanizing factor. Yet, he uses Skype to video chat with my sister on the other side of the world. In our grade 3 social studies curriculum we learn about different countries and technology has allowed us to connect with people around the world.

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    1. Sounds like your dad is a techno-luddite. The world needs more of those.

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