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A 2nd grade conversation

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7:55am March 14, 2006 as the students are walking down the hallway to go to class:

Student: “Hey are you the guy that took the survey about cell phones?”

Me: “Yeah, that was me. Do you have one?”

Student: “Yep, I take it with me where ever I go.”

Me: “Who do you call? Your fiends, family or Bill Gates?”

Student: (Laughing) “I don’t call Bill Gates!”

Me: “What do you use your cell phone for then?”

Student: “When I’m playing outside, my mom can call me when it’s time to come in.”

Me: (Smiling) “That’s cool….have a good day.”

Student: (Skipping down the hallway) “Thanks!”

Couple things about this conversation:

1. She understands who Bill Gates is at the age of 9
2. She has a cell phone
3. It is becoming part of her life, it just is.

Can you imagine being in 2nd grade and having your parents say “Honey, do you have your homework? How about your lunch? Your cell phone?”

What a great conversation to start my day!

I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


  1. Yeah, but couldn’t mom or dad just do what my folks did when it was time to come in…
    Come to the door and yell out my name… πŸ™‚

    • Yes, they could yell. That was probably the reason they gave the child. More likely the parents want her to have it for protection or for tracking purposes.

  2. Our 10 year old has a cell phone, and I love it! It makes life easier and I feel better knowing I can contact her. Because of that, she has more freedom. She has used it very responsibly for a year now. We have a second grader too, and I have thought on many occasions that I wish he had a cell phone. But, I am pretty sure it would be broken or lost within a week. I think it depends on the individual. He would not know who Bill Gates is – but maybe Steve Jobs πŸ™‚ He definitely knows the guru Jeff Utecht!

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