Pink Fluffy Unicorns

At a techMentor session this morning presented by Danny Maas and Daniel Espejo, we viewed the following video.

So what does this have to do with technology in the classroom?

Technology can sometimes be used in classrooms as a Pink Fluffy Unicorn. Look how cool this is? Look at the fun things that you can make? Isn’t this magical? We prepare our students for all the superficial content but when they are asked to apply what they have learned, they can’t do it. Just like in the video, when the question about texture of the fur is asked, there is confusion. Through out the video, the look on the musician’s face doesn’t change. This is similar to the way that many of our students go through their school day. Smile…that’s all I need! Sometimes learning is tough and it involves learners (students and teachers) being confused. It is our job as educators to help kids (as well as each other) through this, sometimes messy, learning process.

As educators, let’s not lose focus of the reason that we are using technology…to help kids to learn and to deepen their understanding. 21st century learning is not all about the technology…it’s about the quality of learning!

I look forward to reading your comments.


About Derek Hatch
Principal in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

3 Responses to Pink Fluffy Unicorns

  1. @gariovich says:

    I totally agree. As my mom once said, “You can eat all the alphabet soup you want, but it won’t make you a better speller.”

  2. Pingback: Kids Motivated by Technology? « Hatcherelli Blog

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