Turning the Tables…

Live-blogged.  Please excuse misspellings and awkward wording!

Alan November in Top FormI’m sitting in a meeting room in Burlington, Vermont for the LEAD IT Summer Symposium.  Jim Moulton and I did an unconference style session this morning about school 2.0.  We started by showing the EPIC 2015 video and then asking participants to brainstorm about their fifth grade daughter, who will graduate in 2015,

  • What do you hope they know?
  • What do you hope they know how to do with what they know?
  • What do you hope they care about?

Then we discussed, as a group, what should be happening in their schools that would lead to that knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  It was a good conversation.

Now (1:30 PM), we’re sitting in a larger meeting room, listening to Alan November — and he’s in top form.  He claims that Wikipedia is a better source of information than Encyclopedia Britanica — and, he adds, “Many of our schools won’t even allow students to use the Wikipedia.”

Interestingly, one of the teachers in our morning session told us about a group of her students who came up to her, as she was looking something up on Wikipedia.  They cautioned her, “You shouldn’t be using Wikipedia.  There has been a rash of hacking attacks on Wikipedia where people are changing the facts.”

OK, why did the students know that, and the teacher didn’t?

Added later:  Does anyone know of a recent rash of Wikipedia hacking?

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.