It's no big secret that parents, educators and esteemed academics agree that a first-rate education needs to be a priority for everyone today. It can't be reserved just for the chosen ones; those who live in a better zip code or who are born into the "right" ethnic group.
Digital media and its impact on education was still in an embryonic phase in the early 1990s when author and edtech pioneer Thomas Whitby received his Masters of Science degree in educational technology.
Nearly 50 years ago, Jerry Blumengarten predicted that "learning machines" would eventually transform classroom instruction. Today he laments that while everybody is connected, "they are not always connected for educational purposes."
As I began to learn more and more, the direct effect of that was me beginning to share more and more about what I believe in and what was happening in my classroom. It is a two-way street. Being a connected educator does not only impact you, but you begin to impact others.
We should commend Google for their apparent change of heart on the commercialization of our kids. But lingering questions still exist, especially those raised by privacy experts: what took Google so long and what is going to happen with the data Google has been collecting for the past seven years?
We know that privacy is slowing diminishing in our lives. As parents we try to protect the innocence of our children and students as long as possible, but what happens when you determine that the one place which should provide the ultimate safety is failing you?