Reflections of Change from the Birth of the Lightbulb

Fear has always accompanied change! We have to learn new ways to do things, it is part of life. It is part of being in this world.

As I reflect on this sign from the British museum, I see in it all of the elements of change:

  • What is it?
  • How does it work?
  • Will it harm me or my way of life?

These elements of change have remained constant and we will do well to remember them as we introduce new technology.

David Flanders – Flickr – Accessed 4/5/2008 3:34 PM

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Nick April 6, 2008 - 11:05 am

“The use of electricity for lighting is in no way harmful to health.”

Boy, did they get that wrong!

Of course, back then, all they used to generate electricity was hydro. Not coal, not nuclear, not oil.

James Gill April 6, 2008 - 6:30 pm

Brilliant sign. Yes, safety and technology have always had to hand in hand. I think it is more a fear of the unknown than the irresponsible use of technologies past.

Vicki A. Davis April 9, 2008 - 7:33 pm

@nick — YEs, just about anything can end up not so advantageous, but we don’t really know until we experience I guess.

@James — Yes — fear of the unknown is a big motivator. I think we all get to an age where we want it to stop but then I think that is when we are ready to die. I wish to live and there fore I want to join in and continue to grow.

When you’re green you’re growing, when you’re ripe, you rot!

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