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Op-Ed: You Can Do This With Technology

Whenever you hear someone say that laptops or tablets in education are just “gizmos” just give them this list and ask: How many of these things can students do without tech?

  • See a van Gogh so close up you can see the individual brushstrokes.
  • Dissect a frog without hurting any frogs.
  • Talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station.
  • Start a movement.
  • Right a wrong.
  • Write a senator.
  • Explore a hidden rainforest.
  • Collaborate on a project with someone in another country.
  • Translate a text from a language you never heard of.
  • Write a play.
  • Construct a 3D diorama.
  • Tour the US Capitol.
  • Check a book out from the Library of Congress.
  • Learn the Constitution.
  • Send a picture to the mayor of something that needs fixing in your town.
  • Learn to speak a new language.
  • Make a commercial for a product that only exists in your mind.
  • Create a podcast.
  • Design a poster for a political candidate.
  • Add a backbeat to Beethoven.
  • Check the weather in China.
  • Explore the moons of Jupiter.
  • Write an email to your future self.
  • Read a newspaper with no paper.
  • Learn to use watercolors without using water.
  • Write the biography of your pet goldfish.
  • Illustrate the biography of your pet goldfish.
  • Check the value of the Yen today.
  • Apply for your dream job.
  • Read a book.
  • Calculate the distance from your house to the Grand Canyon.
  • Take a 3D trip through the Grand Canyon.
  • Build a robot.
  • Program a robot.
  • Make a robot dance to a song you wrote.
  • Look through an electron microscope.
  • Create an awesome birthday card for a friend.
  • Check your grammar.
  • Translate your wedding vows into Klingon.
  • Create a new comic hero.
  • Publish a comic book about your comic hero.
  • Explore the human body.
  • Explore Saturn’s rings.
  • Find out what your IQ is.
  • Add dramatic music to famous speech.
  • Save the world from alien invaders.
  • Compose a song.
  • Use video to improve your free throws.
  • Learn a new word everyday.
  • Find a recipe for the best spaghetti in the world.
  • Take a trip up the Nile.
  • Climb to the top of Mt. Everest.
  • Look inside a volcano.
  • Make a family photo album.
  • Send a tweet to your hero.
  • Compare Picasso to Matisse.
  • Design a sculpture.
  • Print out a sculpture.
  • Help a little kid with their homework.
  • Help a little kid on an Indian reservation with their homework.
  • Paint your room without any paint.
  • Share a video of something awesome.
  • Do something remarkable.
  • Use a green screen to do a weather forecast.
  • Learn to play guitar.
  • Start a band with only one member.
  • Journey to Africa.
  • Learn to make ravioli from scratch.
  • Write a blog about the restaurants in your city.
  • Find an old high school friend.
  • Turn your voice into text.
  • Turn text into a voice.
  • Explore the pyramids in Egypt.
  • Explore the pyramids in Latin America.
  • Visit Stonehenge.
  • Learn the names of the Supreme Court justices.
  • Trace your genealogy.
  • Add a new ending to your favorite book.
  • Say only positive things online.
  • Teach a senior citizen how to use their cell phone.
  • Take a course on a topic you never thought you would take.
  • Learn to program.
  • Listen to a song that you loved a decade ago and had forgotten about.
  • Have a conversation with Einstein.
  • Get a pen pal and meet them online.
  • Write an app.
  • Change the world.

Whenever you hear someone say that laptops or tablets in education are just “gizmos” just give them this list and ask: How many of these things can students do without tech?

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Author: Tim Holt is an educator and writer, with over 33 years experience in education and opines on education-related topics here and on his own award-winning blog: HoltThink. He values your feedback.

Feel free to leave a comment.  Read his previous columns here.

About Tim Holt

Tim Holt is an educator and writer, with over 33 years experience in education and opines on education-related topics here and on his own award-winning blog: HoltThink. He values your feedback.

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