|This came up when I searched painting on Flickr Creative Commons. It’s about painting a new picture — which this is not. But it’s also about repainting our schools.|
It astounds me what can result from a “rant.” I came so very close to not posting that article (Teachers & Technology — a Rant), because I didn’t think there was enough value in it. Just me, spouting off. It is a tribute to the power of casual, colleagial, net/RSS-based conversation, when 27 thoughtful comments are posted to that article, including the ever present Gary Stager (this guy sure reads and writes a lot). Gary provides an interesting comparison between the implimentation of Web 2.0 applications and Logo — a quite useful comparison indeed. It probably isn’t important that neither Jeff Utech (whose blog I was responding to) nor I ever mentioned Web 2.0. In fact the big “2.0” didn’t appear in my blog until Sue Waters included it in a list of topics she was presenting to her teachers.
What is important is the list of comparisons that Gary offered in Why Teachers Don’t Use Web 2.0 — an Historical Perspective. I agree with most of his statements and find most of them to be quite useful to us as we continue to wrap our minds and our curriculum around an increasingly..
- reader directed, and
- incontainable (still working on this one)
..information environment. I think that Gary may be a bit too narrow in some of his views, but I’ve recently been accused, rightfully, of being too broad. I have been exercising.
I had every intention of quoting and commenting on Gary’s list, but then found that Stephen Downes beat me, accomplishing it much more fluently, if also more verbosely — and that’s saying a lot.
The most important idea that I come away with was one of the original “rants” of my blog.
For several years, many of us have been trying to make a case for thinking about education in new ways, largely as a result of technological advancements and their affects on how we use information. I think that many education leaders are listening now. I think that they are ready for clear images and stories about 21st century classrooms and what teachers and students should be doing to better prepare a generation of new century citizens.
There is no Mindstorms… for the new information landscape. There have been a number of how-to books, including myown. But we have not yet painted a picture — defined, in a compelling way “what it looks like.”
I hope to start doing that.
Jeff Utech’s Fear Factor
David Warlick’s Teachers & Technology — a rant!
Gary Stager’s Why Teachers Don’t Use Web 2.0 — a historical perspective
Stephen Downes’ Stager, Logo and Web 2.0
Miguel Guhlin’s Why Teachers Use Web 2.0
Reed, Harper. “Painting Morgans Place.” Nata2’s Photostream. 3 Aug 2007. 5 Sep 2007 <http://flickr.com/photos/natatwo/1001034788/>.