Trust. Then Verify.

Below is a message I received from a colleague after attending the DEN virtual conference last weekend. She’s a Kindergarten teacher in NJ & she said it was ok to share it with you- I’d like to share it for a couple of reasons:

1. It’s always energizing to see digital immigrants thinking & talking about the importance of edtech & how to increase dialogue about it with our colleagues.

    2. It’s a great example of the need to verify info (& teach our students how to), esp when it’s in the viral-type emails that we receive ALL THE TIME.

    Here’s the message:



      … ‘I was thinking of the woman who felt we are at “war” with other folks at our schools over technology. Can not get her out of my mind. So I decided to send this and forget about it. It is tough enough trying to get folks who are afraid of computers to use them, but how sad to use such a strong word as war when talking about use of technology.

      Well here is my suggestion.

      How about you put this out to her. I received this email below (and many others come my way, like petitions or warnings, that need verification). You could tell her to give the people she works with an overview of how folks are talking more and more via email and we need to teach ourselves and kids how to know what is valid information.

      So, she could make the following email a class project:

      1. Do you think these are genuine costs?

      2. How much does your family spend on food a week?

      3. Do you think this a valid representation of families and what they eat?

      My point is that maybe she can see how to help her friends get to become aware of technologies part of our daily culture and how we can control it and not let it control us.



      (PS: Toss this email out and don’t give it a second thought if you do not think it will accomplish the purpose it needs to do. It’s just a thought I wanted to pass on)


      My friend from school sent this to me & I thought you’d find it interesting. Take care.

      Begin forwarded message:

      Date: February 2, 2008 2:30:20 PM EST

      Subject: Fw: How much do you eat in a week?

      One week’s worth of food by various cultures

      Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
      expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

      United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
      Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

      :The Ukita family of Kodaira City
      Food expenditure for one week:
      37,699 Yen or $317.25

      Italy: The Manzo family of
      Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or

      Mexico : The Casales family of Cuernavaca
      Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos
      or $189.09

      Poland : The Sobczynscy family of
      Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys
      or $151.27

      Egypt: The Ahmed family of
      Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or

      Ecuador: The Ayme family of
      Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

      Bhutan: The Namgay family of
      Shingkhey Village
      Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum
      or $5.03

      Chad: The Aboubakar family
      of Breidjing Camp
      Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs
      or $1.23

       Thanks to DEN member Nina Scarpa for sending me the message & keeping the faith 🙂

      I think there’s definitely a teaching opportunity associated with this message- what do you think?

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