After a week at ISTE, one of the biggest talking-points was that we have to give our classrooms back to the students. We need to put them in charge of the learning. We need to get out of the way while they discover. We need to learn more than they do, because it's "their" classroom and we're merely facilitating it. While I agree with this in theory (many of my current practices are about making the class more student-driven than the traditional model) all this rhetoric got me thinking...are students really equipped to lead the learning? If they were...wouldn't they be doing it already?
I think the biggest takeaway is that while we certainly need to be putting the focus on the students, that doesn't mean should abandon the high ground and call ourselves "co-learners". Google might be the source of all knowledge these days, but we're still a little better at tracking down the content. Just because students grew up with machines doesn't mean they're better with them. Young people, sometimes, don't know anything...which is why we're here.