Well, let's try it another way.
My computer froze, and upon reboot, my personal firewall locked access to Twitter. I had 10 minutes until I was to help moderate a Twitter chat on what #teachingis (in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week). My efforts to unlock the firewall failed.
I text my partner-in-crime to tell her that I was having internet issues.
I see a message pop up on Google Hangouts, asking from another co-leader, very nicely, what the hold up was.
I open my Twitter app on my phone, and blindly introduce myself to the chat, tagging the chat with our #hashtag.
My computer unlocks enough to allow me to open my Google Chat script of questions and I hand-type the first question on my cell phone app. The app also has a search feature that allows me to reply to questions.
I realize that each time I have a new question, my search window disappears. And so more multitasking ensures. A few spelling errors as well.
But the tweets fly, fast and furious.
8:05 We are all having a great time, and new people join our chat.
Welcoming them back knocks me out of the saved topic chat on my phone.
In the middle of the chat, I realize that this is how my students do most of their typing and communicating. Most of them can knock a paper out on their phones as easily as I can type on a traditional keyboard. I was raised on Smith and Wesson, they are part of the Samsung Galaxy or Apple-verse. It appears to work well enough for then.
8:07 Back to the chat, and ideas are flying. Humor and a surge of information moves the conversation and splits it several ways.
8:09 #thankateacher crosses over to #teachingis, which is a great fusion. #thankateacher reflects the impact of the profession and #teachingis crosses over to visioning new ways to leverage the complex work that is being done.
8:30 The chat is almost done. Everyone one looks at what we have accomplished. I realize that a Storify is going to need to be pulled from the tweets, but I will do that in the morning.
With my computer. Not a smart phone app. At least for now.
And I am left with a nagging question. What happens when we let the user decide the technology? Perhaps what I see as a concession (yes, you can use the phone) is really a necessity (I can do it faster with my phone)
For me, I have fingers that are unaccustomed to rapid-fire texting. At the end of the hour, my fingers felt stiff. For others, that feeling of exhilaration and synergy may flow better from a phone than a keyboard.
But the great thing is that both of us, whoever we are, are right. That's part of why #teachingis complex, rewarding, and worth pursuing.
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