Technology Transformation: The Death Valley Bloom

Last week I heard Sir Ken Robinson mention the Death Valley Bloom of 2005. He suggested that we check it out on the Internet. I did, and I thank Sir Ken for leading me to explore this amazing phenomenon.

Death Valley, California is unique because it contains the lowest, hottest, driest location in North America. Nearly 550 square miles of its area lie below sea level.  It is one of the hottest places on earth, attaining the second-highest temperature ever recorded, 134 degrees F. in 1913.

It contains the lowest point in the western hemisphere — 282 feet below sea level near Badwater.

In this harsh environment life seems rare.

Plants and animals work hard to survive. The landscape is barren, dusty, and devoid of color.

Death Valley averages less than 2″ of rain per year.


In the fall and winter of 2005 there were unusually heavy rains that dumped almost 6.5″ of rain on the desert floor.

Soon after an incredible transformation took place.

Wildflowers began to appear.

Entire hillsides began to come alive with flowers.

Splashes of color replaced the barren expanses of desert.

Death Valley was completely transformed in what has been referred to as the ‘Hundred Year Bloom”.

When we work towards transforming our schools, it sometimes feels as if our schools will never change.

We look out at the landscape of reform and see a vast desert.

Things look hopeless.

We don’t know where to begin. We get discouraged.

The Death Valley Bloom should give us hope.

The seeds of change are right there below the surface all the time.

As Sir Ken Robinson explained, they are merely waiting for the right conditions to bloom.

I love that thought. I believe it.

In order to transform teaching and learning we need to be the rain.

Make Rain!

pete

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4 thoughts on “Technology Transformation: The Death Valley Bloom

  1. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. This really moved me. We are so quick to judge people, situations and even locations by what they look like on the surface. The precious seeds are right under that surface waiting to blossom. I will remember this and share it with my colleagues. Thanks again!

  2. Pete,

    You can’t help but get emotional after last week’s class. What a passionate and beautiful way to conclude last weeks class.

    It gives me the inspiration to try to get out of this techno funk that I am in. I am kind of caught in the middle. Technology is exciting and yet at the same time very stressful and sometimes too overloading for my brain to take in. But last weeks class gave me some direction. I will not share my thoughts here but maybe I can share them with you in person.

    Once again, thanks for the inspiration!

    Margy

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