What happens when you not only give students filled with curiosity ownership of their own learning, but you also resource them with state of the art equipment and digital tools? final-04-01edtechroundtable-mp3-image-700x700Prepare to be blown away as Concordia’s Digital Literacy Coach Eric Johnston shares what his amazing students are doing and explains why, here at Concordia, SMS means much more than just texting.  

Lessons Learned

Dennis – Why spend 20 minutes writing an email when you can walk down the hall and talk to someone face to face?

Chris – Why climb the highest mountain? If you have to ask that question, brother you are in the wrong profession.

“There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”


  • JFK, Rice University

Eric – Get out of the way of the students.

Notes & Links

SPECIAL GUEST – Eric Johnston, Concordia’s Digital Literacy Coach for Middle and High School.  

In this show, Eric shares how Concordia’s SMS (Student Media Services) started from an idea at  the 21CL Conference in Hong Kong and grew into a student-led organization that goes beyond special interest groups, and serves the community through technology.  It’s amazing what can happen when you “get out of the way” and see what students can do.

To learn more about Concordia’s SMS program visit…