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I was honored to sit down with Bob Greenberg while in New York recently to talk about my views on technology’s role in education. If you are not familiar with Bob’s work. He has been traveling around the world filming thought leaders on their views of education. His Brainwaves Channel on YouTube is worth a bookmark and some time browsing watching and thinking about where we are and we’re we need to head in education.

I am so very honored to be video #114 on the Brainwaves Channel.

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. I enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing!

    On the sidebar of Youtube, I saw a link to your TEDtalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8djV8slDN0 Didn’t know you did a TEDtalk!

    Though the talk was in 2010, the core message is still very relevant and not that different from Bob Greenberg’s video. The core message being that “Community Trumps Content”.

    Community trumps content because it’s the community that gives meaning to the content that we’re learning.

  2. I really enjoyed watching your video! I like how you pointed out that the internet is something that should be taken advantage of in the classroom not restricted. I love your idea of e-mailing or visiting an author’s website after reading a book so that students can become more engaged. I agree that we need to work with allowing technology and the internet to be used in the classroom. Technology is definitely a necessity when it comes to engaging children in learning. I hope to be able to incorporate technology into my future classroom.

  3. Hey Mr. Utecht! My name is Chloe Hendricks and I am enrolled in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. As a future educator, technology is something that I need to be extremely familiar with. I love the title of this post “Community Trumps Content”. As soon as I saw the title I was intrigued to see exactly what you meant by that. I definitely believe in the message here. The content of the internet is great and endless and all, but so is the opportunity to connect with thousands of people with all sorts of the same mutual interests as you. There really is endless amounts of virtual communities. I love the comparison you made between children learning to leave feedback on things they read to the future of their involvement in politics. It is our responsibility to teach these kids that their opinions matter even in this huge world we live in. Showing them they can give feedback to famous authors or even local news reporters will give them the confidence they need when they get older to get more involved in things they care about. Overall I really enjoyed this video and it opened my eyes to the question of why exactly schools are trying to limit social connections via the internet. I’ve always seen it as a safety measure but if people could open up their eyes to the central message of this video, I’m sure one day their will be a school friendly social/community-based site that is made specifically school use.

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