We all talk a lot about tools. About great sites; about Animoto and Twitter and Facebook; about Voicethread and Delicious and blogging.
We struggle in our districts to convince them to lower the filter so we can use some of these tools effectively. We fight for Skype or Facebook or Blogger. We fight to use wikis or Ning or YouTube.
But to paraphrase Dr. Seuss in the Grinch, maybe it’s about a little bit more that we are fighting for.
Because after all…
It’s not about creating a blog, it’s about expressing your own ideas and beliefs clearly.
It’s not about using delicious or Diigo, it’s about developing a system to keep up with your stuff and to share your stuff.
It’s not about Skype, it’s about understanding how to communicate globally in a video setting or via chat/conversation.
And it’s not about making an Animoto slide show, it’s about having a good sense of design or telling a story.
It’s not about learning to use the software, it’s about the skills our students will carry with them that these tools and others like them allow. It’s about our students expressing themselves clearly, beautifully, and skillfully.
And that’s what we should be teaching them. And that’s what we should be fighting for.