Fast Times at Woodside High – Video Library – The New York Times

Fast Times at Woodside High – Video Library – The New York Times

When a student internalizes lessons and applies them in a unique way, we know that our effort has paid off.  This week, one of my long time students (since elementary school—now about to graduate), explained how he recognized and solved a problem which plagues many teens.

Watch this excellent piece documenting the effects of technology on learning, and how a local bay area high school is attempting to incorporate and mitigate the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of constant technological connection.

Fast Times at Woodside High – Video Library – The New York Times.

My student has experienced the magnetic pull of his computer, similar to the student, Vishay, in the video.  At times, his inability to disconnect has led to unfinished assignments, which cause him stress.  We have learned “work arounds” for his learning differences, as well as study strategies, in years past.  He’s pretty much on his own now.  Imagine my thrill, then, when he explained how he has devised a solution to his most challenging academic task—writing.  Like many students, he must type in order to write with some fluency and any legibility.  He is also easily distracted by his interest in, and skill with, computers and programming.  This “pull” is especially strong when he is working on the subject he dislikes most—writing.  So, given that he must keyboard in order to convey what he knows in writing, AND the seemingly magnetic pull of the internet when he uses his computer, what do you think was his “work around” solution?  He uses a typewriter!  Fantastic… he makes me proud.

What are some of the challenges and solutions you’ve found regarding technology in education?