Access Vs. Ownership

Posted: February 2, 2012 in New Idears.

It hit me today … Kapow! As I work with teachers to release their attachment to paper and using copies within their classrooms that I am essentially asking them to choose between – ownership and access.

There is Ownership: The pleasure of the warm papers just out of the copy machine, holding that perfect piece of lined paper with your hands, seeing the post-it stuck to the corner of your desk, owning the paper, knowing it is yours, knowing it is your place to doodle upon!

Then there is Access: Wherever you go, it is there without having to fling a 12 lb bag over your shoulder.  Storage galore up in the cloud and accessing with just a 12 character alpha numeric password! No more “I just had that …. (insert french word) …. paper.” No more paper clips unclasping, no more staplers getting jammed, no more file folders, no more papercuts!

Yes a world like that can exist. Honestly.

But there is a security that comes along with ‘owning’ a piece of paper and there is a sort of mourning period that comes with transitioning from ownership to access, like realizing you no longer will stock up on .1 cent back to school notebooks and folders… Even I shed a tear over that one. It may seem impossible for some but the freedom that comes from giving your trust over to the all elusive cloud is exhilarating. It does mean that if you give yourself over to this cult of access that you will never have the stresses of forgetting that notebook at home again or you will never fret again when you lose your flashdrive.. but meh.. who needs that freedom, really?

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