Technology and Water Scarcity

Looking forward to an article being published in this magazine's TechTake section (towards the back of the magazine).

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Be pretty awesome to join the ranks of notables such as Joy Freeman Schwartz​, Luann Hughes​, John Bimmerle​ and others. The title of the upcoming article is, "Five Action Steps to Growth Gap Innovation."

In the article, I outline 5 actions that District leaders can take. While I can't share those yet (hey, don't want to give it all away), here's the blurb and lead:
Ready to maximize your school technology investments? Try this approach with campus culture initiatives. The approach? Juxtapose new technologies with strategies that close the growth gap. 
Innovation eludes us. Rich or poor, your school won't find it with fancy gadgets unless you take these action steps. Ask yourself, "Where technology abounds, does innovation flourish?" As a school leader, how can you make meaningful growth happen with digital technology?
That question, "Where technology abounds, does innovation flourish?" It's been pretty easy for most edtech folks to ignore it. After all, when have we ever had easy, abundant access to technology for a sustained period of time? It's like asking a person who lives in a desert, carts their own waters everywhere, "What would it look like, what would you do differently, if you had abundant water sources?"
Lack of clean water is responsible for more deaths in the world than war. About 1 out of every 6 people living today do not have adequate access to water, and more than double that number lack basic sanitation, for which water is needed. In some countries, half the population does not have access to safe drinking water, and hence is afflicted with poor health. By some estimates, each day nearly 5,000 children worldwide die from diarrhea-related diseases, a toll that would drop dramatically if sufficient water for sanitation was available. (Source)
I imagine that if you've spent thousands of years adapting to scarcity, it might be difficult to think different about something now in abundance. If you're a teacher who has had to deal with unreliable technology, you may have trust issues when you suddenly have improved access and reliability.

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