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  1. George Couros at |

    Brenda!

    Thanks for sharing that as I know some will say that kids should not be using those items in school, but in reality, what we are seeing is many students having this great ability to adapt and learn with different items and different situations. Embracing that is so helpful!

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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  2. Michele Ford at |

    This computor age is so exiting….watching and learning from my kids who are growing up with this has certainly opened my eyes to the great things that are going on…..like this.

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  3. Brenda Scatterty at |

    Such a meaningful reflection Brenda – thank you for this. As a colleague and I were preparing early today for our character education and leadership program kickoff presentation (wondering how to ‘grab’ the kids’ attention – as opposed to them texting etc. through it all), it occurred to me that the more we use their ‘language’, the more they will pay attention.

    Further, sometimes I think as seasoned adults, we forget that our vocabulary jargon is a tad at odds with our students’ experience. For example – wouldn’t it be interesting to ask our kids what their definition of ‘social responsibility’ is (afterall, who are we assessing)? And wouldn’t it be enlightening what feedback we may get if we allowed them to show us in ‘their language’? I’m banking that we could learn a thing or two…

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  4. Kelly D. Wilkins at |

    Brenda and Brenda, you have provoked some thought and reflection in many of us. You have heard me (like a broken record….speaking of out-of-date sayings!) talking about student voice, asking the children, talking to the kids!!!! Absolutely we can learn a thing or two. You are great examples of our staff walking the talk – Collaborate. Create. Learn. I honestly believe that we will offer a better education for our students as we ALL become more engaged learners. I was in a grade nine classroom last week at Muir Lake where the students were discussing and recording their thoughts about what a great learning environment looks like, sounds like and feels like! Please. please ask the kids – they are our greatest resource! We have much to learn from them and with them.

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  5. Heather Huisman at |

    Brenda, it was wonderful reading your post. It is amazing how far technology has come and how it is used with some of our oldest and youngest learners. In CLICK I am amazed daily to see our youngest learners use ipods and ipads as a communication device. With these devices their voices are heard and stories shared!

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