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Robert Young 2 - Doller 1 Putting Technology in Its Place

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Doller 1 Putting Technology in Its Place At the Science Leadership Academy, we encourage current upperclassmen  to participate when we interview incoming students. We prepare these  budding leaders to be patient and professional when sitting across from  students who are only one to three years younger than they are — and  our kids exceed our best expectations. Yet, among the student body, there  is one wrong way to answer our questions about why they’ve applied: “I  hear you’ve got laptops.” Our students smile warmly at this, but, despite their training, most  reflexively attempt to meet their teacher’s eye. We look back knowingly  and continue the conversation, aware that, for many eighth graders,  going to school carrying a personal laptop and no textbooks seems  otherworldly. Much as they deny it, the technology was just as cool to our  current students when they sat across the table. It’s just that with each  hour spent in our environment their understanding of what makes a  school progressive has matured — and has put the technology in its right  place. It’s fun watching this year’s freshmen begin this growth process —  for their trials mirror the school’s own developing ideas on the subject of  technology.  They struggle against the frequent distractions popping into  their view. Not long ago, students would ball up scraps of notebook paper 
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