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Anywhere, Not Everywhere
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Giving every student a device means they have access to the classroom wherever they are. Education and learning can happen outside the four walls of the classroom. This is an amazing achievement.
The downside is that education can happen everywhere. Districts fall into the trap of assuming students have full access to everything outside of the classroom. Or that time outside the classroom should be used for education.
Work/life balance is a constant topic in the corporate world. School/life balance needs to be talked about in education.
Don’t assume because the device goes home with students that the classroom goes with them.
Not all students have internet at home.
Not all parents want devices on at home.
Not all students have an environment at home for education.
Not all students are going to a home after school.
School work has the possibility to happen anywhere, don’t force it to happen everywhere.
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This is true beyond education. Technology has made it possible to blur the line of work and personal. You can access your work email from anywhere, so you should be able to work from anywhere. This quickly transforms to access your work email at all times.
Work/Life balance is having a big impact on our society right now. The same school/life balance is being impacted with our students.
Which tools or rules do you use to keep the balance between work and life?