Randy Ziegenfuss is the Instructional Technology Specialist for Emmaus High School, Eyer Middle School and Lower Macungie Middle School in Pennsylvania. I have been reading his blog, Instructional Technology, for a while. I enjoy his well-written posts and his “takes” on technology.

Recently he referred his readers to a post many of us enjoyed “Are you a passionate tech user?” (one post of many I might add). Right now there are 68 responses and who knows how many posts have been written referring to it!

But what I really loved about Randy’s post was his referral to a student who is passionate about technology.

From Randy:

If we ever wonder what being passionate really means, this kid, and many others, can show us. I only hope we have the wisdom to listen and learn from them.

I couldn’t agree more! The post is about Kyle. He is an 8th grader in Indianapolis who decided to run his own news service, using Newsvine.com. Arvind S. Grover of 21 Apples interviewed the junior high student. Go read the student’s answers to these questions:

  • Why did you start the Newsvine site?
  • Do you have any other websites?
  • Give me some examples of how you would like to see computers used in your school.

You have to read the whole article but here’s an excerpt from the author:

Kyle is a great example of what is possible when young people are able to use the web productively. He communicates with friends, studies and writes about local and world issues, engages in international communication with readers and explores his interests in computers and technology.

My rhetoric: There is something undeniable about the web. Young people flock to it, heck I flock to it. Culture is a strange thing, because those pushing it forward (read: young people) generally come head to head with those who developed it before (read: less-than-young people). We are there now. Let’s partner with some of the brightest minds to ever live, young people, and see how we can push the web to its limits together. One generation defining it for the other (in either direction) just has no chance.

Then he closes this article with this thought-provoking question.

If we as teachers can’t take advantage of this enthusiasm, do we really deserve our students’ attention?

What a great ending! I can’t wait to share it with my student bloggers!