I’d like to give a shout out to Madame Amy right about now. She’s my son’s kindergarten teacher and she reads this blog.
I thought it was odd that she knew me and who my son was when she popped her head out the door at dismissal time today. I just chalked it up to it being our third year in the school and she might have seen me around.
At the parent/teacher orientation tonight, she talked at length about the tech the kids get to play with in my son’s classroom, how they have a class Twitter account, and play with iPads. She talked about how Evernote will be used to send out digital report cards for our kids.
Our school made news last year for the “Twitter in Kindergarten” thing, and I have plans to write a piece on it here.
I’m not afraid of technology and my kids. I believe kids should be allowed on Facebook, even if they’re under 13. My son has had a Twitter account since just after he was born. He also has a Tumblog, a Gmail address, YouTube channel and more.
I introduced myself to her after the session, and said I write on Babble and she shot back “I know, I’ve read your stuff.”
I was taken, for a moment, and did that immediate inventory of everything I’ve ever written on a social network to see how it would affect my relationship with my son’s teacher.
She brought up my “Redshirting kindergarten” piece that wrinkled feathers last week. She’s on board with my theory that the more parents push their kids back, the more they back up the system and make things harder for those ‘playing by the rules.’
We traded Twitter handles, and theories on kids and technology. She wants to collaborate with me on how kids and tech can co-exist in the classroom. It was a pretty brilliant exchange that has me very excited for the year ahead. I mean, it wasn’t the 32 stations of parent-involved art that Mommyfriend had to go through on her return to Kindergarten, but it was meaningful to me.
There are a couple of lessons here:
1. Even when you think you’re anonymous, you’re recognized. The stuff you do on the internet can and will follow you. So be excellent.
2. There are people who are not afraid to challenge the system and find new ways to help our kids learn, grow, and harness the world with which they will be presented.
I hope your brood’s first day of school went well and you’ve all got teacher with an eye on the future.
I’d like to know how tech is implemented in your school. Do your kids have iPads in the classroom? Are the teachers on Twitter?
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