All I want for Christmas is technology! I wish I had the ability to see the wishlists of all the children in the world. I am willing to bet there are some pretty high-tech requests for the jolly old soul to fulfill on Christmas eve! My own 6 year old has a “short” list that starts off on a roll with a request for an MP3 player, an x-box kinect, and a LeapPad. If one 6 year old has a Christmas wish list of this technological magnitude, just imagine what children across grade levels are asking of Mom, Dad, and St. Nick! The new commercials from Best Buy have affirmed my position that jolly old St. Nick is very much in need of tech saavy elves this year.
What would it look like if we could borrow some of “Santa’s magic” and see all of the students wishlists K-12? I would not be surprised to see some similarities in technology requests at all grade levels. Regardless of age, all students like tools that allow them to communicate, collaborate, learn hands on, get instant feedback, and stay in the know. Surely the best support I’ve ever seen for using technology in the classroom came from examining the wishlists of our student body! In light of that I did a lap in the building with a Flipcam and here’s what our students (2-5) and teacher’s had to say:
- Digital cameras
- video games
- gaming systems
- Laptop computers
Minus one adult’s wish for diamond earrings dangling from her earlobes, these were the results of only 1 lap around the building and no prompting other than, “What did you ask Santa for this year?” So I guess the only question left to ask is this…
What did you ask Santa for this year?