Fencing in the Learning

Yesterday I taught two three-hour workshops at the NCETC conference — and I was exhausted afterward.  When you do not teach six hours a day, you’re reminded of the degree and type of energy that teaching requires.  ..and I was teaching well-behaved adults 😉

During a conversation about Web 2.0 applications in schools, the question arose, as it always does, “How do we deal with tech administrators who block out these applications?”  One of the participants shared how his IT guy explained it, that if you had a swimming pool, you would respect the potential dangers of the pool, and you would put a fence around it.  She said that the fellow admitted that resourceful kids will get over the fence, but you still have not choice but to fence it up.

I would suggest an alternative.  Hire a swimming instructor, and teach all of the children how to swim well.  Now that is certainly not a fail-safe solution, and I’d probably leave the fence up. As a corollary to our situation the fence would be a well thought-out, proactive, and dynamic (AUP) policy that clearly describe how the technologies will be used, and why.

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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.