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I mostly skim articles to pick a few sentences that I like but today I found myself wanting to read every word.  In Mary McCaffrey’s article: “Why Mobile is a Must”,  (The Journal-Transforming Education through Technology – Feb 2011–http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/02/08/why-mobile-is-a-must.aspx?sc_lang=en) it states that the educational model needs to consist of personal, motivating learning and the tool to make that happen is mobile technology.  Mobile technology helps with the students desire to learn differently and the students’ need to learn differently.  Students today are know as the “digital native”.  They know of a world that consists of a plethora of devices and widely available cellular and Wifi networks and are constantly using them.   I can speak first hand of this “digital native” phenomenon.  My now 2 years old granddaughter has been learning on the iPhone device since she was 15 months.  I keep saying “this form of learning” is 3 years away from the front doors of our school buildings.  Are we prepared as educators to open the doors?  As my thoughts begin to think of future technology initiatives here in my school I will keep this in mind.

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Sometimes I think I about the pieces I might represent in a Technology Jigsaw Puzzle.  Working as a technology director for a K-8 school I feel that I am constantly shuffling pieces like a puzzle to see how technology is going to fit us all together.  I believe teachers represent the outer edges of the puzzle. What about the inside of the puzzle?  I believe they are the children.   When a puzzle box is opened  different puzzle pieces are scattered everywhere on the table.  It is the same in my building.  We are all puzzle pieces scattered trying to find how we can all fit together.    Slowly we find the inside pieces (which I feel represent the students ) connecting and then linking to the outside edges—the teachers.  I see myself as one of the corners joining all the edges together, uniting the inside (students)  and the outside (teachers) .  I often change places with the 4 corners trying to connect a particular group, connecting that section to each other and then jumping to the next corner to help shape the rest of the puzzle.  In the end the puzzle becomes complete, displaying an image that is just like that of  the puzzle box cover, a beautiful drawing.   Often as it happens with puzzles, the pieces are taken apart, put back in the box and shelved for a later time.  I am still one of the border pieces, waiting as new technology comes into play, for the box to be to be taken off the shelf,  opened and put together again joining new students, and staff as we continue to catch those moments that technology ignites learning.