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It is interesting that everyone sees this video from a different point of view. I 
happened to discover it by accident while putting together an inservice onrigor and 
relevance, and using technology appropriately to teach kids, appealing to their 
learning styles, as well as to stimulate higher-level projects and questioning. (I 
find my teachers now requiring the same info in PowerPoints projects that they used 
to have the students put on posters.)
I look at this video as a wake up call to us teachers that we are bypassing our 
students' strengths, that we are "blocking" their means of communicating when we 
block blogs and on-line journals. If they enjoy writing in this format, then I 
think we should be teaching in this format. My county blocks student access to 
web-based email, yet how are students going to communicate in their work-lives?  
How many of them have ever written a letter by hand (or will ever need to). 
Truly...will they ever need to write anything but their signature?  Is handwriting 
not obsolete?  I'm 52, and I received my first BS in '77...I attended lecture 
classes for history and economics, and though I didn't have a laptop, and I was 
"geeky" enough to actually take notes, very little of what was presented was ever 
relevant to the exams, or to anything in my life since.  
Just my two cents!
Cayla Armatti 
Library Media Specialist 
Lake Weir High School Ocala, Florida 
(352) 671-4820, or 5-8971 <>  
I'm reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. How about you? 

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