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Technology and Learning: Putting it all in Perspective

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This presentation was given to the National Junior Honor Society Inductees and their parents. A funny, enlightening, uplifting talk helping people to see the power of technology in learning, but …

This presentation was given to the National Junior Honor Society Inductees and their parents. A funny, enlightening, uplifting talk helping people to see the power of technology in learning, but putting it in perspective! This presentation made reference to the devastation experienced by Hurricane Sandy and its importance of kindness and interpersonal relationships.


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  • 1. Technology and Learning:Putting it all in PerspectiveNa#onal  Junior  Honor  Society  Induc#on  Ceremony     Keynote  Address  by  William  Brennan   November  27,  2012    
  • 2. Technology and Learning:Putting it all in Perspective
  • 3. 1982 - 1989 1989 - 19911991-1995 1995 - 1999
  • 4. FARMINGDALESCHOOLS.ORG  
  • 5. WE  ARE  NOW  LIVING  IN  A  WORLD  WHERE….   “WE  DON’T  EVEN   KNOW  WHAT  WE   DON’T  KNOW.”  
  • 6. Why  does  this  maPer?   Today’s  Kindergartener   Today’s  HS  Senior  •   Born  in  2009   •   Born  in  1995  •   Will  graduate  HS  in  2024   •   Will  graduate  HS  in  2013  •   Will  graduate  college  in   •   Will  graduate  college  in   2028     2017  •   Re5re  in  2068   •   Re5re  in  2057    
  • 7. What  does  this  mean?  •  We  have  to  recognize  that  all  of  us  grew  up  in   a  par#cular  era,  one  that  civiliza#on  has  never   seen  before.        •  We  built  ins#tu#onal  prac#ces  that  prepared   us  to  live  in  a  period  of  rela#ve  stability  -­‐   where  skills  lasted  a  life#me.  •  Moving  from  the  Informa#on  Age  to  an  Age  of   Networked  Intelligence.    
  • 8. Born  September,  2008  Born  August,  2010    
  • 9. Technology  in  perspec#ve!   Liam’s  First  Step     Age  5  months  
  • 10. “It’s  not  TECHNOLOGY  unless  you   were  born  before  it  existed.”     Milton  Chen,  2004    
  • 11. The  ques5on  we  have  to  ask  ourselves  today  is:     HOW  do  we  use  these  tools?  
  • 12. The  world  is  now  your  classroom!  
  • 13. Final  Thoughts  •  For  genera#ons  we  have  been  about    making  things  faster,  shorter,   smaller  à  efficiency.      •  We’re  in  an  age  where  everyone  has  Facebook,  most  people  have  smart   phones  and  TwiPer,  and  everything  moves  super  quickly.    •  With  that  being  said,  we’ve  started  to  depend  more  on  technology  and   less  on  personal  interac5ons  with  others.      •  Although  we  have  this  amazing  influx  of  informa#on  at  our  finger#ps,  it’s   more  important  to  appreciate  the  real-­‐life  friendships  that  you  will  make   throughout  your  #me  in  middle  school  and  into  high  school,  college  and   beyond.      •  Con#nue  to  be  kind,  compassionate  and  loving  to  one  another  at  home,  at   school,  at  work,  and  in  every  interac#on  throughout  the  day.    
  • 14. Just  stop  and  think  for  a  second  about  all  that  we  have   been  through  in  the  last  month.    There  are  powerful   messages  here.  
  • 15. rs?   ighbo w  ne et  ne yo u  meDid   What  did  you  do  when  there  was  no  TV?   What  did  you  do  when  there  was  no  XBOX?   What  did  you  do  when  there  was  no  CELL  PHONES?   What  did  you  do  when  there  was  no  INTERNET?  
  • 16. Using  the  Internet  to  make   the  world  a  bePer  place!  
  • 17. CONGRATULATIONS!  Go  on  and  change  the   world!