Let me begin by saying all three posts were most compelling, thoughtful in ways one might think of a gift received alongside certain surprise. As I read (and reread) I imagined Gerald's initial response and Michael & Kelly's responses as collage that together offered insights into how point of view matters and fails to matter. What we talk about when we talk about tech is more often a discussion about power: who has it and doesn't, how it slips and resettles, and how power obfuscates and reveals what is most desired and elusive.
I was thinking about this:
|Wordle based on three posts and then some fooling around...|
I was wondering about Kelly's conclusion when he wrote: "my experience is that those teachers who connect with their students don’t need to use technology." I wonder if that is and will be true give the way new technologies are altering our human landscape. It seems naive to deny the potential power and responsibility of being connected via tech. I am wondering why any teacher would exclude technologies as a statement of self, given that anything, not human, is a technology. It seems an extreme point of view to maintain and one that might be quite harmful to children who are navigating in a technological world.
As I read Michael's post, I was thinking about my appendix, long gone, and wondering if perhaps some technology instead of a surgeon's bumbling hands might have helped me when I was 15 and sick post-op with peritonitis. And even when I want this to be true, I simultaneously know everything ultimately rests in human hands. For is it not our hands, that is the place of intersection among the three posts?
|Circa 1967 (Reilly, 2008)|
So perhaps it is ritual we seek, more so then the presence and absence of that which we label, technology. I am recalling Marge Piercy who told us:
We seek not rest but transformation.
We are dancing through each other as doorways.
Perhaps then it is not technology that rests in our hands, but the grace to know one another as doorways through which we move.
|Trying to Find Home (Reilly 2011)|