It’s amazing as a teacher when you encounter a community of learners without noticeable barriers and boundaries between teachers and students.
That’s what I saw today at Oakbrook.
I saw teachers who were reflectively considering the way that technology would be used in their classrooms and who were thinking through theses decisions as their students brought up questions about whether they could use their mobile devices in class.
Now as an outsider, hearing that their students would ask whether they could use their devices in class already shows that the students feel comfortable and safe in that learning environment. Safe enough to ask for more.
So maybe that’s a lesson for the rest of us…if our students aren’t asking to use mobile devices in the classroom, then maybe our classrooms aren’t quite as open as we thought they were.