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I’m about to geek out on you, so if you don’t like geeking out, then I would avoid reading this post.
I love Voltron.
Voltron was a cartoon I adored as a youngster. It’s a totally ridiculous animation about some sci fi kids protecting the universe from evil with their giant robot lions. The most amazing thing about the lions, however, is the way they literally come together to form one large robot that, quite frankly, totally kicks butt.
I currently use it as a metaphor in my class to convey a couple of things about collaboration and technology’s role in it. I know, this analogy could be broken into bits on closer deconstruction. After all, it’s just your everyday kids cartoon full of stereotypes and misrepresentations. It’s just that I like trying my best to speak to my students in their language. The language of ’21st Century Learning’ means nothing to them. It’s our adult language.
Sometimes you’ve got to talk in giant-robot-lion-turns-into-humungous-ninja-samarai language.
I tell them that, like Voltron, we are strong as anything individually, but we go to an epic level together. I also tell them that, although we are supreme without technology, with it we are downright untouchable (they can’t touch us when we’re in our lions!) And the reason we want to get this awesome? Because we need to save the world is all.
Is that cheesy or what? Click play below if you dare!