Krissy Venosdale

May 27, 2015
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Hope for the Pencil

This device? It’s amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, or at least used lately. It sparks my imagination, it contains an infinite number of possibilities for brainstorming, doodling, thinking, designing, and even dreaming. It’s very quiet and in fact makes no real sound on it’s own. It’s just […]
May 22, 2015
basicneeds

Probably Something Awesome

You know that feeling when you’re in a hot, stuffy elevator and you think, “Gosh, I just need some air.” It’s a terrible feeling. Stifling. Like you’re trapped and the walls feel small. It’s like being trapped in a box that is moving at a pace you cannot control. The […]
May 21, 2015
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What Will You Make?

I don’t usually write poems.  But riding home from a short road trip to Austin to attend the MiniMakerFaire, and these words were in my mind.  The day was filled with so much, including balloons filled with paint being launched at a canvas, kids building with cardboard, robots zooming around, projection […]
May 7, 2015
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Open the Gates and Set Them Free

I read something today that I can’t stop thinking about. Storyboards. I’ve always thought they were awesome. A well planned movie, all organized with every detail. I’ve always thought they helped kids produce a better final project – and in turn, I thought they enhanced the learning. But what else […]
May 3, 2015
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There Is No Innovation Drive-Thru in Education

There is no boxed-learning with a huge smiley face. There’s no place to pull up, place an order, and get it at the window in five minutes flat. It’s not quick. It’s not easy. And it’s not even something for sale. It’s changing the shape of the restaurant, re-routing the […]

IMG_7602This device? It’s amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, or at least used lately. It sparks my imagination, it contains an infinite number of possibilities for brainstorming, doodling, thinking, designing, and even dreaming. It’s very quiet and in fact makes no real sound on it’s own. It’s just me and my thoughts with this device. It requires little maintenance and even contains a special section that can be used in the event of mistakes, if you choose to.  It’s power is always at 100% and best of all, it’s completely wireless. Some say this device is going to change the world. It’s going to transform classrooms. It’s going to be THE thing that takes every student to the next level in learning. It’s so innovative that everyone will want one.

Except it’s a pencil.  It’s ordinary. It’s common.  It’s not considered “innovative” by anyone and there won’t be a pencil presentation at ISTE this year.

But, wait… there is hope for the pencil.  In the hands of a child? It can create. It can design. It can reimagine the world when powered by their thoughts.  It can explain solutions to problems that come from the hearts and souls of our learners.  All of these things are possible if we turn the pencils over to our students and unleash their creativity.  If we stop defining what they are to write, to create, to bubble in, and  do and open our classrooms to become gardens of unlimited possibility.

That’s where the innovation is.  It’s not in the pencil, the stapler, or even in the iPad. It’s in our kids and it’s in us.   We are the innovators.  The authors, the poets, the artists, the architects, the scientists, the musicians, the mathematicians, and the dreamers. We hold the power to change it all.

My point? Because I just had to make a pencil pun….  it’s not about a device.  It’s about providing students access and support to the power to change the world. A power they’ll find within themselves when it’s not about the device. A power that grows from their passion, their heart, and their learning each and every day.  A power we all need for the future.

My hope for the pencil is that it’s in great hands… our learners.  We just can’t go wrong.

 

 

May 27, 2015
IMG_7602

Hope for the Pencil

This device? It’s amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, or at least used lately. It sparks my imagination, it contains an infinite number of possibilities for brainstorming, doodling, thinking, designing, and even dreaming. It’s very quiet and in fact makes no real sound on it’s own. It’s just […]
May 22, 2015
basicneeds

Probably Something Awesome

You know that feeling when you’re in a hot, stuffy elevator and you think, “Gosh, I just need some air.” It’s a terrible feeling. Stifling. Like you’re trapped and the walls feel small. It’s like being trapped in a box that is moving at a pace you cannot control. The […]
May 21, 2015
WhatWillYouMake_12x18

What Will You Make?

I don’t usually write poems.  But riding home from a short road trip to Austin to attend the MiniMakerFaire, and these words were in my mind.  The day was filled with so much, including balloons filled with paint being launched at a canvas, kids building with cardboard, robots zooming around, projection […]
May 7, 2015
cropped-weareallmakers2.jpg

Open the Gates and Set Them Free

I read something today that I can’t stop thinking about. Storyboards. I’ve always thought they were awesome. A well planned movie, all organized with every detail. I’ve always thought they helped kids produce a better final project – and in turn, I thought they enhanced the learning. But what else […]