If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video created by Shawn Gormley and Kevin Honeycutt that highlights some of the digital disconnects that exist between students and teachers:
Thanks, Angela Maiers and Wes Fryer, for blogging about this. Happy viewing, everyone!
Great song! Love it...now if only the tools teachers learned and used weren't blocked or filtered.
Lee Ann Spillane |
September 05, 2009 at 03:40 PM
Excellent way to deliver this message. I especially appreciated the line, "He was hoping that people would read his words, because an audience of one seemed a bit absurd." Thanks so much for posting!
Penny Burger |
September 05, 2009 at 03:47 PM
I agree w/ Lee Ann (although the guitar wasn't quite on the same beat). Some of the complaints for network access have to do with the filters/firewalls schools are required to have installed.
My biggest frustration with students and technology is how to level the playing field between the haves and have nots. Most of my students can access my moodle page from home, but what about the dozen or so who cannot?
September 05, 2009 at 03:50 PM
I agree with the video's sentiments: schools do need to change how they do things. How is it that so many decisions regarding educational content and curriculum are being made by tech services departments and politicians. What could we accomplish if we didn't have to jump through hoops to make ed tech opportunities happen? The teachers in my school aren't tech phobic, but they have been burned by blocked web 2.0 tools, inadequate bandwidth, and locked-down hardware. When are education and curriculum decisions going to be made by education professionals? What steps can we take to get there?
Our kids can't wait.
Shannon Walters |
September 06, 2009 at 01:24 PM
Lady, Crazy |
September 09, 2009 at 10:51 AM
Coming from more teachers who don't wanna teach and want districts to buy them equipment for HOME. Same old mantra. I was NOT happy when my daughter saw the Paris Hilton sex video IN school. AND it was a filtered environment. What will they view without filtering? Not a whole lot of education going on. Just spell out EXACTLY what you want to do "technically" that you can not. Be precise.
A PARENT |
September 17, 2009 at 07:03 PM
All my teachers have the password to get through our school firewall, I just keylogged my own computer, and acted like I could not get a report word doc off a sharing service that was blocked, and casually asked a teacher to put in the password. Then I anonymously handed it out all over school. :)
I like this viedo, but I don't agree with the first scenario. I am a laptop user, and I have made the mistake of only having digital copies of my notes and showing up to a test. But if I was allowed to use my laptop, you can bet your @ss I would look up almost every answer online, which would be unfair to all of the other students in the class who don't have laptops (all 3 of them).
September 20, 2009 at 06:23 PM
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