wearealllearnersSaving files. Closing windows. Sharing a link. Updating a profile. I could name a gazillion (probably not a real number) technology skills that I think are important.  But there is one… one that is more important than the rest…

Critical thinking.

In our click happy share fast world, it could be slowing down that matters more than anything.  Taking time to think. Look. Think deep and critically…

What tool do I want to use?

What tool might be best for this?

Where did this information come from? Is it reliable?

How will I share this?

How might I troubleshoot?

Technology moves far too fast to know every detail. That’s what’s changed.  In a society that moves quickly, we have to find ways to slow down, be in the moment, and process what’s happening on the screen, in the device, or in the conversation around us.  People love to say that our kids are different – for their world is different than ours was.  The truth is, we have to adjust AND be ready to help guide them.  It’s a challenge for sure, but it’s going to be all about our ability to slow down, process, and deeply understand.  To get out of their way.

But it’s the reason I believe in the deepest part of my soul, that making is the future of education. Entrepreneurial-ship. Ideas that change our world.  Connecting with each other. Being a community.  Thinking deep about improving something, then doing it.  Helping our kids be WHATEVER they dream of and DREAMING big.  Because when we use technology that’s one thing. But when we create with technology, and add in tangible, hands on materials?  It’s us slowing down, and somehow in the midst we become the kind of learning environment that kids need, simultaneously becoming the kind of learning environment our kids need.  Because we are all learners.