More ruminations about teachers, students, and technology use...
Topic: Getting Started
Last Saturday, Will Richardson posted the following message on his blog, Weblogg-ed
"And another thing...
"At yesterday's workshop, only three of the 20 teachers had even heard of a Weblog when we started. I was pretty amazed. That's not a slap a the teachers who were there; it's just that the difference between my online educator blogging world and the reality of the classroom teacher world is becoming more and more acute. Online, things seem to be going in all sorts of directions. In the classroom, well...it's just a different story. Try as I might, I still have yet to find more than a couple of dozen K-12 teachers who are using Weblogs in ways that can potentially enhance their students' learning. It just feels like a big disconnect, somehow.
"One of the gems that I found this morning was from Darren Cannell who has a pretty interesting post titled "Are we entering a dark age of information?" In it, he paints a picture of the potential changes that these technologies are creating and the lack of recognition by schools.
"-Too much information.
-Students who understand how to navigate the web.
-Teachers who do not.
-Students who have no one to show them what is good and what is bad.
-A system of education in which students and teachers do not connect.
"I'm wondering to what extent students are passing their teachers in their ability to manipulate the Internet and information, and to what extent teachers will be willing to learn how to model the skills that students are going to need to manage all of this in effective ways. If I'm struggling, I can't imagine what it must be like for teachers who are just seeing the landscape for the first time."
I think there's a direct link here between what Will is seeing and Prensky's idea about digital immigrants teaching digital natives. Maybe what we need to be doing is looking at how our digital 'accents' manifest themselves and how we can compensate for that...
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