Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Minnesota Personalized Learning Summit: David and Jonah Stillman GenZ Keynote

David and Jonah Stillman were the "Father-Son" keynote on Day 2 of the Minnesota Personalized Learning Summit. David is a generational expert, and co-author of "When Generations Colide." They have teamed on a new book called, "Gen Z @ Work."
They have developed a company GenZ Guru, designed to interact with those born between 1995 and 2012.

They are concerned that educators are not focused on "GenZ" and assume that they are Millennials. 
This is similar to when society treated GenX'ers like Baby Boomers.

David shared a story of when he and his son were supposed to go to a meeting, and Jonah showed up via Skype, when David thought he would be there in person. Using the Genz.guru tool, they polled the audience. 51% thought David was right.

In order to get to know GenZ we need to look at key influences:

Parenting- GenZ kids have a tight relationship with their parents, but they were raised differently than Millennials. Millennials were given participation rewards and stickers for doing well.
GenX parents don't believe in this.

David played "Eye of the Tiger" before Jonah's T-ball game. 

GenZ is similar to Boomers in that they are pretty competitive.

Technology-91% of GenZ says that tech sophisticaton impacts their desire to work at a company. However, GenZ is much more private. Millennials were very public, launching Facebook. GenZ is much more private, using Snapchat instead. In order to connect with this generation, they need to use the platform that they are using. They are knowledge horders, similar to Boomers when they neared retirement, that they felt information kept them relevant. 
We need to teach kids what is private and what needs to be shared.
New office space that is Collaborative is geared toward Millennials, but 35% of GenZ would prefer sharing socks with someone to sharing an office with someone. They also would rather avoid group work.

Recession-The median net worth of GenX fell by 45% during the recession. The number one concern of GenZ is the economy. Look at the entertainment industry. Millennials were given Harry Potter. GenZ was given "The Hunger Games." GenZ is in "survival mode." What do they need to survive?
75% believe that there are multiple paths to success besides college. 
67% say their top concern is what career they want prior to going to college. Boomers thought college was where you figured it out. 

Impacts on Education
Capstone programs, Post Secondary Options allow for more personalized, and connected to the real world. 
This helps engage GenZ students. 
61% of GenZ is willing to stay with a company for 10 years. Loyalty is back on the table.

Traits of GenZ (There are 4 more in their book.)

The line between the physical and digital world is blurred and in many cases the same. Pokemon Go is an example. The real and physical world overlaps. 50% of GenZ believes an online degree is the same as traditional. True digital natives. They aren't as excited about new products as GenX or Boomers, it is just expected that something like this would happen. Difference between expecting technology and accepting it. For the first time in history, the youngest generation is the authority and most skilled on tech.

Literacy-"This generation can't write well! Thinking visually in symbols is how they communicate. Emoji's 

The crying emoji was the word of the year.  
The preferred mode of communication in the work place, 84% said face-to-face communication! Even if you are on Skype, they consider it to be face to face.

GenZ wants personalized custom options. 

Iowa State Admissions office personalized acceptance.

Between 2000 and 2010 there was a 15% increase in students developing their own majors. This will make it harder for workplaces to compare two candidates. 
57% want to customize their job description and 62% would like to customize their own career path. 
Look at how Gen Z customizes their news. This means that the filter bubble world causes people to only hear their view point. Stillman argues that it is important to expose students to multiple view points in the classroom.

FOMO: Fear of Missing Out
65% of Gen Z sleep with their smartphones near their bed. 
They want to know what is happening as soon as possible. When they can't, they get FOMO, which is now a diagnosed anxiety. Working WIFI is more important than a working bathroom!
Jonah told the story of a meeting where he took notes on his phone and was told to put it away. 
They argued that in the classroom, we need to negotiate access. 
Gen Z is also pushing the pace of career, as 75% would like to have multiple roles within one place of employment. 
Gen Z's attention span has been defined as 8 seconds. Companies are struggling with this. Teaching this generation the difference between a fad and a true trend.

Teachers need to push the value of "ruminating on something." Valuing thinking, brainstorming, and process is important.
Because of FOMO, keeping kids in the loop is important. Increasing access to content and feedback is important. Having faster formative feedback is crucial. 

Not ALL FOMO is bad. GenZ doesn't fear failure, but they do fear not getting the opportunity to try!

In the Q and A, they noted that Gen Z students like being mentored, but also like to mentor.
Digital detox for an hour or two is great, but not for months.
Millennial parenting, getting screens out of the car is helping with this.

Millennials want meaning in their job, $ was 6. For Gen Z, money is number one on the list.

Embrace the differences in generations, AND know what makes them tick!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Minnesota Personalized Learning Summit Keynote: John Spencer

John Spencer, co-author of Empower and Launch, was the Monday keynote at the Minnesota Personalized Learning Summit. John also created "Pencil Chat" many years ago, and I've been in auw of his ideas and thinking.

Spencer began with a "Disclaimer" that while many keynotes will only share the highlights, he is a teacher on a journey trying to figure things out, and behind the success there has been failure.

No one has dysentery in Oregon!

He began by a story of being nerdy and shy in 8th grade, and hiding out in the bathroom. During a History Day project, he didn't like the sound of his voice. His teacher, Mrs. Smoot said, 
"when you hide your voice, you rob the world of your creativity, and I'm not going to let you do that!"
He presented to his class, then school, then regionally, then at the national conference, which changed his life!

Every day he asks his kids, "What did you make today?"
Making is magic, and makes us human.
He shared a "Sketchy video" that took his son 9 hours to make.

Things are changing right now. It used to be that to create with technology required lots of physical equipment to make it happen. Now much of that can happen on a phone with apps.

Our devices have connected power and great creative potential!
Unfortunately, students today still spend more time consuming rather than creating. 
There are outliers...
Kids making a functional graphing calculator in Minecraft
"Sugar Kills" blogs where kids skip recess to create a campaign

The outliers have a "Maker Mindset."
Sudents need to be wildly different

The purpose drives the maker mindset. The framework to do this is design thinking.

The most powerful force to bring out the maker in every student is the teacher!

Launch Framework

  • Look, Listen, Learn-Goal is awareness
    • Could be a product
    • Observe a phenomenon-NASA studying Geckos to learn about adhesives
    • Awareness of an issue
    • Geeky Interests
    • Problem to be solved
    • Empathy-Caring about an issue. 

  • Ask Tons of Questions
    • Gift baskets for the custodial staff
    • Michelle Baldwin-"Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask a question."
    • How do we make this happen with no time and a tight curriculum map?
  • Understand the Process or Problem
    • Research that fuels ideation
    • Innovation doesn't happen in a vacuum
    • Take research "off-road" (Scaffolding can sometimes be a cage that stifles student's ability)
    • We need a bigger definition of research (Write letters/e-mail, make phone calls, video conference) Adults are often happy answering kids questions.
  • Navigate Ideas
    • Brainstorming
      • Alone first
      • Then meet as a group w/ no judgement untimed
      • Outside members to add ideas
      • Combine similar ideas
      • Develop final idea
      • Find the PARTS
        • Product idea
        • Audience- If they start with Empathy, they should know the audience
        • Roles-Who will do what? (Let older groups decide on their own.)
        • Tasks (Draw out and visualize, then put on visual calendar rather than a list.
        • Solution-What problem was solved?
  • Create a Prototype
    • Sometimes it's physical
    • Sometimes it's virtual
    • Sometimes it's Art (The Arts have been maker spaces for a long time!)
    • Sometimes you make a difference! (Service Learning
    • What if you don't have the best materials?
      • Every road block is a chance to solve a problem!
      • Often the best choice in technology is a roll of duct tape!
  • Highlight what works, fix what fails Itteration
    • Every failure is one step closer to success! Iteration!
    • The worst pixar movie you've never seen was a Zombie movie. Pixar iterated it into Bolt.
    • Monster's Inc iterated from another film, which 10 years later iterated into Inside Out!
    • Nobody hates revision at the skate park, but try it in math or english!
    • Celebrate creative risk-taking!
Ready to LAUNCH

They send it to an authentic audience
Because the moon landing was broadcast to a world wide audience, it inspired a generation!
Sharing your journey is so important. 
This year, the Global Day of Design was a great way to share with others!

What if...
I don't have time, technology, etc.....

Spencer shared a project students in Michigan did where they created a documentary on World War II. All but one student showed up on a Friday night to share the video. The soldiers and families showed up. 
It's not a silver bullet...

Students at his school used design thinking to paint murals so that the walls at school wouldn't be tagged. They did 8 murals in 3 years. Then a new principal came in and the walls were painted white and others taken down. 

A student asked Spencer why did we do this?
Spencer said, You share your work even if it is destroyed, or isn't appreciated. "When you hide your voice, you hide the world of your creativity!"

Ultimately it is up to teachers to make their classrooms bastions of creativity!

This fall, our Hopdina Teaching and Technology cohort will be using Launch as a basis for our Design thinking and Maker Education course. It was great to get a cliff-notes version of the book and hear John's voice as he shared his success and failure and how he has learned from both.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TIES 2016 Keynote: Carl Hooker- Mobile Learning Mindset

Carl Hooker, Digital specialist in Eames, Texas was the day 2 keynote.
Carl started as a 1st grade teacher in 2001. Those students are now seniors in college, and WERE 21st Century learners.

1890's view of education in 2000
How much has changed in the last 15 years, and what will education look like, 15 years from now? He shared the image on the right, a view of education in 2000, from the 1890's. 

Looking at technology in 2001, and how it has changed since then.  The iPhone, came out in 2007, and look at how far we've come...

When we change the way we communicate, we change society.-Clay Shirky
Hooker noted, I don't think this was what Shirky meant!

Hooker noted that students today think that they are good at multitasking...

While communication has evolved, instruction on new modes of communication like texting, posting, tweeting, commenting, livestreaming, snapchatting, etc. has not kept up!

Mobile Learning Quadrants:
via @eaparkins
  • We are tweeting our own stories today, rather than waiting till the next day to learn news.
  • We need to teach how to tell real from fake news
  • Textbooks-static vs. OER (Instead of giving 100's of 1000's of $ to textbook companies, why not give 100's of 1000's of $ to teachers?!)
  • What's more important, following directions or demonstrating learning of the content? 
  • Providing choice also improves quality
  • Where does most of the content in your classroom come from? Hooker argues it should be a balance of teacher/student currated.
  • How do we keep the look of curiosity and wonder in our students?
We need to be asking our kids to solve interesting problems...and we need to be ok if they get the answers wrong.
-Seth Godin

  • Is the interaction in your classroom teacher to student, student to student?
  • Who owns the learning?

  • Where does the learning happen?
  • Look at how the console radio was usurped by the transister radio, even though it didn't sound as good. They liked the personalized technology. 
  • A few years ago, Carl spent a day following a student around. Students made school board members sit in one of the desks they have to sit in for a meeting. Now they are getting new desks!
  • Brain breaks every 20 minutes is important. 
  • "We ask our kids to stretch their thinking, we need to also stretch our own!"


  • When do you learn and create best? Some were morning, some evening. 
  • In 1975, if you wanted to watch a specific show, you had to watch it in real time. Today, people watch shows anytime, anywhere. 
  • Today's student schedules are still in 1975 mode, but we have lots of tools that allow students to access learning anytime, anywhere. 
  • He shared the story of is aunt and how he was able to share 
  • When does learning take place in and out of your school?

Hooker ended with a story about the roll out of his 1:1 program, and a student who nearly died. A few weeks later, Ben posted videos about his experience.

Unfortunately, Ben died a few weeks later.

Buildings exist for the kids, not the adults!

Monday, December 12, 2016

TIES 16 Keynote-Dean Shareski: Whatever Happened to Joy? And How Do We Get It Back?

Way back in November 2007, I joined Twitter. Finally, in the spring of 2008, I realized I needed to follow people. One of the first people I followed, was an educator from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Dean Shareski.

Today, I had the pleasure of hearing Dean's presentation as a keynote of TIES 2016: Whatever Happened to Joy? And How Do We Get It Back?

Joy should be integral to what we do every day!

He had 3 moments in his teaching career that made him realize joy was so important...

  1. Looking at a photo from his first year, "Why doesn't Christina ever smile?" Did she ever find her joy? It was a moment that mattered most.
  2. He was walking through an elementary school, and kids were singing as the teacher played guitar. There is something powerful about community, coming together and doing things collectively.
  3. Around 6-7 years ago, and lip dubs first came out. and he saw this one:

With regards to this video: Does it address outcomes? Do it and the heck with outcomes! Shareski said, "I want to do this with kids!"  

Do you believe learning is like "Buckleys?" "It tastes awful, but it works! Is this similar to your curriculum?

He has a goal of stamping out the concept of "rigor!" People keep using the word, without really knowing what it means!
Look at the definitions of rigor, and tell me which one you want to define your classroom!

Shareski quotes Alfie Kohn to show that joy is an end in itself as a worthy goal in the classroom. In addition, this question from Bill Ferriter is worth consideration!
We are adding a lot of stress to our student's lives, and sucking the love of learning out of them. It's happening at all levels!
Shareski is concerned that when education is only seen as an economic driver, we lose something. Education should be more than that!
Joy, you know it when you see it!! 

Here are the key ways to get joy back:
  • Live in Constant Wonder!! "Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed" Don't mess up good learning opportunities by "Googling" something and avoiding wonder... Michelle Baldwin's 4th grade classroom-"The Architects of Wonder!" Are you creating opportunity and space to ask beautiful questions?
  • Embracing play: His wife's 2nd grade classroom gets a day to share what they want. One day last year was "toast!"
"Playfulness as an intellectual goal is approriate to learning. It's more effective, more humane, and more child-like." Seymour Pappert.

Connecting play and imagination is one of the most important aspects today. Failure is free! The first webcam was set up to see if the coffee pot on the 2nd floor had coffee in it!

  • Embrace Playfulness in the Workplace: Work should be a delightful experience! "Is your classroom/school/district a delightful place?" 
“They said - Adults need to have fun so children will want to grow up.” ― Erica BauermeisterJoy for Beginners
  • Eliminate Business! Busy is NOT a badge of honor! Business is not going to make your classroom delightful! One of the best things we can do for kids is model managing our own stress! "Busy is the default status! Let us know if it changes!"
  • Find and Use Your Unfair Advantage! "What is the one thing that you do that makes you unique and gives you an "unfair" advantage?" What is your passion? What makes you unique? Teaching is both an art and a science. 
Gary Stager_ "One of the best things you can do for your students is to be an interesting adult!"

"Relationships and then content, both matter, and so does the order!"
Shareski shared a story about a study that asked students to remember their 1st grade teacher's name. Many remembered a teacher other than the one they really had! 20 years from now, will your students remember your name? 
Joy is the serious business of heaven! C.S. Lewis
Shareski's talk was a refreshing reminder of what is really important in our work: building positive relationships and making school a place students want to come to! I think it should qualify for MN Mental Health CEU's!

Monday, August 15, 2016

2016 Edina Learning Institute Monday Keynote: Pernille Ripp: The Tenets of Personalized Learning

Pernille Ripp, educator and author of Empowered Schools, Empowered Students, was the opening keynote at the Edina Learning Institute

She started by inviting the participants to connect with her, as she 

If we were in school right now...

  • Don't choose who we sit with
  • Don't have food and/or drink
  • Don't use the tools you might want to
She fell in love with the building, staff and school that she works in. Teaching 7th graders has been her greatest challenge, but also most rewarding. Her students are the reason she is here, and why she advocates for changing education.

Growing up in Denmark, her first english words were "yes, no, and bathroom!" 

"I used to think that when students were disengaged, it was their own fault!"

Then someone told her, "You cannot change the students, but you CAN change the way you teach!!"

Would you want to be a student in your own classroom?

Her daughter on the 5th day of Kindergarten said, "I hate school..." The teacher, said, "I've never had that issue, so it must not be true. 

Whether it was true or not didn't matter! What matters is the perception that students have. We need to acknowledge this and get to the root of the problem as to why they perceive that.

"I wish all teachers knew that we don't think like them."  
7th grader

When 2/12 high schoolers say they are bored in every class, there is a problem!
A Gallup poll showed that student engagement dropped from 76% in elementary school to 44% in high school.

If kids continue to be bored with school, they will grow up to have children and instill that attitude.

She quoted from Hacking Leadership

"The problem: we set schools up for adults, not for kids."
Ida, one of her twins took her first steps at 11 months. Her son Oscar took much longer.

Kids learn at different rates, and we seem to keep forgetting that!

Ripp reminded us that WE have control over our classrooms and how much control students can have over their learning!

Your district is asking you to try something new. How lucky you are! As teachers, you have the right to fail, as long as you pick yourself up!

Ripp then talked about the three pillars of Personalized Learning

Community-The foundation of it all
We cannot personalize if our students don't trust us!!
Teachers should do more activities that cause students get up, move around and bond with each other. -Emily A
We need to be co-learners with our students. This can be exhausting!

Teachers; Do your students trust you?
Administrators; Does your staff trust you?

How do you know? 
When they start sharing their truths!

Students feel protected, cared for, challenged, respected, and that they matter!

Choice: A pillar of personalization
Student: "We need to be able to know how we learn best and then apply that to all of our school things."
Choice includes:
Choice in engagement
Choice in product
Choice in setting
Choice in timeline
Choice in assessment

Students need to have choice in at least one of these at any one time.

Student Voice
What is the biggest barrier? Teachers speak 60-75% of the time!
If you're going to lecture, tell them why!
Students should talk more than the teacher on the first day of school!  

Ultimately, she was able to open enroll her child in a different school, and she ended the year loving school. But what about the students that don't have that option....

Ask your kids, "Is this a good class for you?"
Be prepared for an honest response, and grow from it.

We can be a part of the problem, or a part of the solution, but not both.

You only fail when you stop trying. Some days you will recognize that you wouldn't want to be a student in your classroom. 

When you start on the Personalized Learning journey, think only of the first step YOU must take, don't compare yourself with others.

We need to create a classroom that can help kids be successful no matter what a student's start in life is, nor what their life is like outside of the classroom! Teach the child in front of us, not the child we hoped would show up!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ISTE 2016 Closing Keynote: Michelle Cordy: Show Up and Refuse to Leave!

Michelle Cordy, a Third Grade educator from Ontario, Canada, blogger of "Hack the Classroom," was the closing keynote at ISTE 2016. 

She got jumped right in, and challenged the audience to think about who we are and our place in the world.
It is her school's last day, and she'd rather be there, but chose to come speak to us!

In 2012, she got her, "Magic Schoolbus!" a grant for 1:1 iPads. She was considered a "rougue" teacher, as her classroom was the only one.
She sought out ideas online and found Howard Reingold, author of Netsmart.
She tweeted to him, he commented on her blog, and she was shocked. He noted:
"That's how it works, Michelle!"

She wants her students to be seen and heard, in her classroom and beyond. She needed to connect with a PLN, because there was nobody in her district to help. 
Here is what she has learned from the community

Be a Connected Educator.
  • Coming to ISTE is like an oxygen mask. 
  • Going home can be tough. #ISTEsadselfie
  • Christakis in Connected: The shape of the network matters, we shape our networks, and our networks shape us. Carbon forms graphite as well as a diamond. It's the shape of the bond that determines its structure.
  • What if there are connected educators who introduce friends to other friends. When you connect your colleagues, you are better connected!
  • Once you have 3 degrees of separation, it becomes "contagion!"
  • Focusing on the connections and the good work will create diamond networks!
Engage and Empower the Network 
  • When we engage our network and our students it empowers us
  • BreakoutEDU is a great way to do that
Engage and Empower the kids
  • She had the kids build bridges so that spheros could get between the desks. Her kids said, "We want to build a marble run for the spheros! She said, "ok!"
  • When you engage and empower, kids see themselves in the curriculum.
GoPro Hero of the Day to Document Learning
Assigned a student to go around and ask kids what there plan was.

Once you take care of the "must do's" you open up space to make stuff and make stuff up!

Power Pose Time
Cordy notes that when people powerpose they are more successful
Amy Cuddy- There is a connection between the devices we use and powerposing. Larger devicdes the better. 
1st Graders thought the power pose was of male gender and closed pose female.

Mindfulness Research
SAM Self Assessment Manikan  
A 10 minute intervention per day can have a huge impact!

Flipping the "Eye Chart" from Top Down to Bottom Up showed a difference in the ablility of people to read lines!

Real but not true. You are what you decide you are!! She wanted to teach, and do research, so she started calling her self an "applied researcher." Now she has 10 publications to her name! Believe your dreams into reality!

Falling in and out of sync and in and out of love with our ideas.
Hacking the Classroom-sounds a bit adversarial..."When someone says you're "in the trenches," who are you at war with?"

Move from Disruption to Stewardship!

Fundamentally all of the things eduation needs exist righ now, we just need to organize them differently!
We need to play a long game on a short track. Recommit to that place where you can make your greatest contribution! Show up at the place you can make your greatest contribution and refuse to leave!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Notes from ISTE2016: Tuesday Keynote-Ruha Benjamin-"Set Phasers to Love Me" Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society

Dr. Ruha Benjamin, assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University was the Tuesday Keynote at the ISTE 2016 Conference
Her talk centered on the question, "How can we harness science and technology for greater equality?"

What is the purpose of education? She is hoping to stretch our thinking on education and equity. 

Big Picture
There is little doubt we are living in social crisis. Most can't look to Hospitals for health, police for safety, politicians for leadership or even schools for imparting knowledge.
The world is at war with itself. All manner of social struggle over material and social resources. 
At the same time, the very idea of a society where we care and sacrifice for one another is undermined. In this context, the question is how do we make our schools laboratories of democratic participation? Where the potential for each individual child is realized, and we experiment with technologies of love, reciprocity and justice! We need to incubate a better world in the eyes of our students!

The teaching profession is under attack because teachers if actually unified and empowered, can change the direction of history! 

The next generation will come alive with possibility or will be crushed by the weight of our problems.
Adopting technology without wrestling with our current gap is to choose to not make a difference.


She shared 5 "Provocations" that defined her talk.

Why is it that we can imagine growing heart cells in a lab, but unable to imagine growing empathy for our fellow human beings?
We imagine shiny new technologies but we don't invest in our social reality and personal relationships.
Our classrooms must become laboratories for social change.
Most predictions for bio technology assume that change will be for the better.
Imagination is critical in the design of technology. 
Her experience in the Marshall Islands, gave her a real life look at the effects of technology on the world. Eybeye has chronic health issues due to the nuclear testing that occured there. But other islands did not have the same testing. Whose version of the good life is being ignored?
The battle over real power tomorrow begins with the struggle over who gets to dream today. Alex Rivera

Google's online advertising has been shown to be sexist and cost is higher based on race or zip code. Algorithmic discrimination, COULD be designed to be aware of these biases. We as consumers need to demand more socially concious tech development!
We need to develop socio-technical literacy so that all peoples interests are part of the design process.
She gave the illustration of benches to deter people experiencing homlessness to illustrate how techology is used for nefarious purposes. 

How often do we design things to deter the "problem student?

The common understanding of what counts toward technology is too limited. What about the "default settings" and social codes, like race, class, gender?

  • Michael Robinson quote: Science tells us men and women are biologically different, including their brains and skills...
  • "Don't be nervous, you're hot, no one expects you to do well...
IBM-Hack a hair dryer advertismenet campaign
Sexism, racism and classism are coded into the fabric of our society. We need to work overtime to overcome this! We can't just prepare our students to succeed as it is, we need to help them transform these social constructs as well.

Code Switching tends to hide the fact that not all codes are created equal.
Chris Emdin-Hip Hop to teach science. The classroom changes to meet the students where they are.
She used Gamergate as an example of how technology has a problem with codes.
HEre are 2 ways for our students to approach life more broadly
Recreation, competition and consumption need to change to Mastery, collaboration and 
Re-wrote codes rather than code switch!
Stretch out rather than lean in!
She shared data from Fair Play-Violence Gender and Race in Video Games

Unless we become proactive to address racist messages in and out of the classroom, white good/black bad will persist.
5 Ways to restrict our imagination for students

  1. Ahistorical Fallacy- just because some people broke the glass ceiling, doesn't mean others are guaranteed the opportunity to move forward
  2. Legalistic Fallacy- Just because workplace rules have changed doesn't mean sexism doesn't still exist.
  3. Individualistic Falacy- Recognize that some code authority as being "aggressive." 5 ways Men in Tech Can Combat Sexism!
  4. Fixed Fallacy- What should our measure of progress be? Our aims should evolve. Nettrice Gaskins has done much to contribute to culturally situated education.
  5. Tokenistic Fallacy-One bright bulb does not an enlightenment make! Black Girls Code is great, but it is a drop in the bucket.
She ended by noting that "The Clock is Ticking" Be vigilant in keeping technology from increasing social divide!

Her final thought: 
Children are the most precious treasure a community can posess. The bear the seeds of the character of future society.They are a trust no community can neglect with impunity.or leave them entirely to their own "devices'The belogn to the community to share in it's purpose!Baha'i Writings

LOVE is the most powerful technology at our disposal! Turn it on often!