A funny thing happened when I got to school the other day. I started out the day by checking my email & noticed I had gotten 2 messages in a row from an NJEA colleague. I opened the first one which read:
“Heather, I thought you might be interested in this article. Maybe it’s something you can use in your blog and then comment on. I’m so blow away by the idea of conducting a cell phone survey of students in class! Check out the article & let me know what you think.”
So I thought, “Cool! I’m a huge fan of harnessing the power of cell phones in the classroom. In fact, a few months ago,we talked with Hall Davidson about that very topic at the DEN LC Summer Institute (see this earlier post). I’m glad to hear that others are embracing the idea too. I’ll have to check out the article.” Two seconds later I opened my colleague’s 2nd message which said:
“LOL, I just saw that you are quoted in the article!”
Now I’m thinking, “I definitely have to read the article!” So I opened the link & discovered that it was an Education Week article about the DEN! The writer, Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, had spoken to some DEN LC members at the Summer Institute and included our quotes in her article, “Networking Teachers Coaxing Colleagues to Use Technology”. I was so excited to see such wonderful things being said by and about my awesome DEN friends! Click here to check out the article and see what the DENmates had to say.
After the humor & excitement wore off from the way I found out about the article, a tinge of sadness set in when I realized that once again, it was the DEN at the forefront of technology integration in the classroom and not “someone” else who was embracing our message (I don’t mean to say it’s not a good thing that the DEN continues to lead the pack. I’d just like to see more people in that pack) . But then I thought about it from a different perspective: As our numbers grow, so does our influence on the technological decisions that impact students around the world. Case in point- MY NJEA colleague found the article on her own & was inspired by its message. So much so that she decided to share it with someone else- me (who just happened to already “get” the message). But she also shared it with many key decision makers at NJEA who work closely with the NJ Department of Education to improve the quality of education in our state. Simply stated- the right message is getting to the right people.
Way to go DEN- Keep on fighting the good fight and sharing your passion, creativity, inspiration, & foresight with the world!
Quoted in the article are Hall Davidson, Fred Delventhal (aka Riptide Furse), Jen Dorman, Jennifer Gingerich , Scott Kinney, Teryl Magee, Howard Martin, Rachel Yurk (and me).