Marry the Concept, Not the Tool

by Jean Tower

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I’m in mourning. And I’m a little embarrassed that I am, and why I am.

I am going to miss Google Reader, and I am already mourning the loss.

Whenever I facilitate professional development workshops and sessions, I advise teachers to marry the concept but don’t get married to the app (or application or web 2.0 site). Social bookmarking? I taught teachers how to use delicious.com, while in the same moment, explaining the big concepts that they should adopt and get glued to, but to expect that the site would not be permanent.

Get married to the concept, not to the specific tool. I have consoled teachers as they bewailed the loss of WordPerfect, Corel, ClarisWorks, AppleWorks, Blockers and Finders, Lotus 123, AmiPro, The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, and more titles than I can remember. Having been in EdTech Leadership for well over 20 years, I have seen many tools come and go (laser discs and emates anyone?) and I have coached people about the constant change that is our lot.

Now it is my turn. I don’t want to let go of Google Reader. OK, rant done. I’ll get over it. Moving on.

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