For more on the story about how several missionaries cemented a flag pole into the boulders at the summit of Mount Olympus, and a caring hiker removed the pole, check out the full story at The Salt Lake Tribune website.
How is this related to educational technology? Here you go... YouTube, Facebook, or even Twitter could have served the purpose of sharing the missionaries' dedication and accomplishment much better than a sack of concrete and a flagpole erected in the wrong place.
Mount Olympus is on U.S. Forest Service property. It isn't a place for putting up permanent manmade structures. The broken off remains of the aluminum flag pole now stick up as a hazard to anyone walking along the boulder field that is the summit of Olympus. One wrong move can now mean not only a fall, but also being impaled on jagged metal protruding from the rock.
At the same time, it's a very difficult hike that requires stamina, endurance, and some basic mountaineering skills. Climbing Olympus is something to celebrate. So how could this group of young people celebrated their accomplishment in a less intrusive and more appropriate way? Use social media.
That's what I did.
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