Thursday, January 30, 2014

My Kryptonite Is....

Let’s get a couple of things out of the way first.
1. There is a definition for Kryptonite.  
It is
the one weakness of an otherwise invulnerable hero.
2. Here is the video for the song you are singing right now:. http://youtu.be/xPU8OAjjS4k

So why then is the Big Purple Hat blogging on Kryptonite? To be perfectly honest, it has a little to do with my own personal Kryptonite. That person/place/thing in your life that causes complete weakness… seems to be sitting right on the edge of my life again and I wonder how long it will stay this time? While I was mulling that over listening to my 3 Doors Down playlist, it occurred to me that EdTech often has its own Kryptonite.

We see one initiative after another roll out with great pomp and circumstance. The _____ (fill in the blank) is going to revolutionize education! It’s the long awaited hero. Then we watch it fail.  Why? Obviously, its Kryptonite. Something has found a weakness through its sleek exterior.

Weaknesses that I have personally witnessed take down an entire initiative?
  • Lack of planning
  • Inadequate network
  • Lack of buy-in
  • Holding on to yesteryear
  • And more!

But those can be “fixed” or “beat”! Everyone knows Kryptonite can’t be beat. It just has to be avoided. And that’s the point. We avoid planning for next year, a refresh, teacher PD, new lessons, authentically engaging students…. basically the mess that is learning. EdTech avoids its kryptonite at all costs. It’s high time that nonsense stops. Face the fear. You will find it is as fictitious as well… Kryptonite.

As for me and mine… I think I will choose to avoid my Kryptonite. Or maybe not  ;)

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