In honor of tomorrow "Pi Day" (or is it "Pie Day"?) students got the chance to pay for the right to "pie a teacher" during the lunch periods this afternoon. Due to my well-timed absence, I was spared from smelling dairy products for the rest of the night (though of course, if I had been at school, I would have definitely signed up). As my afternoon session wrapped up, however, I noticed all the teachers participating in the Pie event (via pictures on Twitter) were wearing hair nets, science goggles, ponchos, and bibs.
Now obviously no one wants their clothes ruined, but with that much protection, I'm not really sure why we bothered attacking people with pies in the first place. If you build in so much safety that there's really no danger, have you actually done anything daring or worth seeing in the first place? I'd like to challenge the students at Baldwin, whoever is willing to sneak attack me with a pie (nothing that stains), I'll be happy to donate to whichever class that student belongs to. A pie prank for charity needs to some risk.
And really, that's what "digital learning" is all about. The only reason we need to days to talk about technology is because we cripple it so much to avoid taking risks. We shouldn't be talking about technology at all...we should be talking about how to teach. The tools will be there to meet our needs once we have our real risks set.