A student and a principal on books & tech

Take a 2 min. break from whatever and consider this cute video snapshot of how a book might look to a digitally fluent teen. The students in the video are at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, a three-year-old “inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning and formed by a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. Note what its principal, Chris Lehmann, recently said in a brief interview right after he spoke to this year’s convention of the National Association of Secondary School Principals: “In too many schools we have this idea that we have the school we’ve always had plus some computers…. Technology needs to be like oxygen – ubiquitous, necessary, invisible. It’s got to be everywhere … just part of the day-to-day work that we all do.” Hmm, kind of like books? [Books are media too, and both tried 'n' true and new media need to be in school. Here's what I last wrote about that.]

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