It’s 5:31 AM (CST) and I’ve been working for the last hour-and-a-half preparing for today’s workshop here in Downers Grove. During a minute taken to read a bit, I ran across one of those blog posts that sort of stops you in your tracks and makes you say, “Yes!”
It should be no surprise that the post was by Will Richardson at Weblogg-Ed. Responding to a story at New Jersey.com about a school grappling with student web publications, Richardson makes three recommendations about schooling in the new information environment. I will paraphrase, so do get it the whole story from Will’s weblog.
- Schools need to start blogging and inviting the community into conversations about what’s going on.
- We need to in-service teachers, hold courses and community nights for parents, and teach every student the acceptable uses of these new technologies.
- Stop blocking and start teaching.
My two cents worth is that when schools are seen by students as a place that blocks their access to information and gags their voices, then those school stop being relevant to them.
Nicely done, Will.