Thanksgiving and K12 Technology: Be Thankful For That iPad And The Good Apps That Go With It!

real hi res jpgFirst off, we the RE@L Blog Editors, Dale LaFrenz and Tom King, hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving this past week with family and friends!

FirstThanksgivingWe believe Thanksgiving is arguably the greatest of all the holidays. Not that others aren’t important too, and for a host of good reasons. But Thanksgiving is all about being thankful. It’s also about sharing our bounty with others. That’s what the Pilgrim and Native American feast did; we still remember it from our school days.

It’s that time of year to give back to those in greater need. For some of us, sending a check to a local shelter is enough. For others, who are physically more able, there’s helping prepare a hot meal for those who rarely get one, or cleaning up afterwards, or sharing some smiles and conversations with those who see or hear very few of them.

HelpersWait! There’s even more…right here in our K12 community! We are also grateful for all the giving and supportive K12 Ed-Tech helpers out there, thousands of them, who find incredible ways to do more technology with the right “stuffing” and make it available to those who need it .

For over 50 years!!!, K12 Ed-Tech has been largely about sharing what we know with others in need. Sure, today you can type your question into Google on how to fix your gizmo, but there’s a real somebody on the other end, maybe even from other end of the world, whose tip back to you is more than likely to fix it.

This free giving and taking and sharing of what we know with others who don’t know is the single, most important gift that the Ed-Tech K12 community has brought us all for over a half century. Even better, more likely than not, others will continue to pass it on, too. Not so many years ago, we called this “Paying it forward!” So, “Pay it forward or pass it on!” It’s contagious….in the best possible way. In a word, that’s why our RE@L Blogsite is here.

RE@LMissionWe can think of one lesson from Thanksgiving that applies here: Don’t overeat and don’t overbuy! And so it goes with K12 Ed-Tech today, too; Don’t over-buy new stuff, no matter what it is or what others say, without your own sound plan to use it. We can help with the plan. Click on the text graphic to the right for more info.

RE@L is here for you, with experienced advice and useful tips. We also share what we find from other leaders in K12 Ed-Tech. On the right you will see what we are all about.

Think of us here at RE@L like the just-right dessert….it’s good for you! Keep us on your menu! We will keep sharing. You, too…so send us your tips, advice or questions.


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.

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