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Originally uploaded by GuyBrighton.

Just had to share this. I was on the bus home today, having a little fun texting my Chinese teacher (in Chinese Pingyin of course) when I looked at the seat diagonal to me and saw an 8th grader texting as well. The difference: I texted one message in the same amount of time he texted about 5. His thumbs where moving so fast, that I couldn’t even see which keys he was pressing. Also, I noticed that his phone was nothing new; in fact the screen cover was half ripped off leaving half the screen exposed. He didn’t seem to care, he was to busy texting. I hope I catch him on the bus again tomorrow so we can have a chat.

I’m also amazed at the extra 45 minutes of Chinese lessons I got today texting my teacher. We went back and forth about making plans to have dinner before I leave for the summer. She was on a different bus with about an hour ride as well, so it was time well spent. Learning in motion, pretty soon she’s gonna charge me for these lessons. 🙂

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.

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