Everything is a Controversy…

My school was featured in an article for the New York Times this week regarding technology use in education and our new iPad Lab dubbed, “The iMaginarium.”  This was coup for the school and we have had two major software/curriculum designers contact us within the past 48 hours to pilot apps for free because of the exposure.  Further, we were featured on a local news radio station and will be being visited in two weeks by another television station.  One would think this is great news.  

And it is, except:  

Although the Times article was outstanding, the annotated nature of my conversation with the reporter does not demonstrate the big picture. This would be impossible and is not the reporter’s fault.  However, the attacks from posters and bloggers have begun without them bothering to learn more.

The aforementioned radio station?  They titled the segment, “Are iPad’s Ruining Your Child’s Education?”  

Huh?  What happened to the real story here?

Lesson learned.  Push forward in education, but be prepared to explain, justify, clarify, and move on.

 A story that implies controversy can create exactly that.

Here is the New York Times article:

The New York Times Article

The first blogger response with my comment 

 

Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Phoenix, Arizona

I am the Director of Outreach and Engagement for The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and certified as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2004. In 2012, I received my doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, however, I began my work in education serving as a para-educator in a special education program while still an undergraduate. My passions in the field include assessment and reporting strategies, the evolving role of technology, teacher leadership, and effective professional development that permanently impacts instruction. I consider myself a professional teacher first, as well as a professionally evolving lifelong learner, who is incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to impact the lives of children.

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