Tear Down This Wall - Twitter in the Classroom
Image: Tear down this wall! Watch the Video (via YouTube)
In Berlin, President Reagan said, "Tear down this wall!" Isn't it ironic that a political group from which a leader like President Ronald Reagan arose to say these words is exactly the kind of group that wants to block off the classroom?
"A vast system of barriers...technological backwardness"...is this our future in U.S. schools? Does freedom still lead to prosperity? Freedom is the victor.
Image Source: YouTube video linked above
Fascinating read of how 8th graders are using Twitter in the Classroom. After reading the blog entry, I'm not convinced that Twitter is ready for use in grade 3-12 classrooms. There are too many holes in privacy and security. It might be better to set up a walled garden app that is focused on microblogging (use Laconica). This would address the privacy/security issues, not to mention the twitter student account management that seems problematic. Could you set up a microblogging walled garden app on a district intranet server, and this would make it work only within the District. You could set it up on an internet server and content would be accessible from anywhere but still under District control.
Of course, many don't think that walled garden apps are the way to go. They block students off from the real Internet from where they can learn, where teachers can take advantage of teachable moments. I'm not convinced that full, unrestricted access to the Web tools available is the way to go. The other day, I had a discussion with one of my colleagues. I found myself straddling the fence, preaching a continuum of learning. On one side of the continuum, we had Lakoff's strict father frame, Dick Westley's Adam I seek to dominate and control, to protect children from an evil world. At the other end of the continuum, we encounter Lakoff's Nurturing Parent frame, Dick Westley's Adam II whose focus is to engage children in dialogue, seizing our encounters with the world as opportunities to model appropriate responses and actions...it is a desire for embracing community, of achieving revelations from a community frame, not just individual revelation.
I may be mixing politics (George Lakoff's "Don't Think of an Elephant") and religion (Dick Westley's "Redemptive Intimacy") together, but I find the dichotomy's, the two extremes shared by these worldviews as a perfect frame for the "Do you allow unrestricted access to the Web or not?" debate. Of course, those educators who are using Read/Write Web tools now are encouraging communal collaboration on learning projects, while those who are not view these efforts with some degree of skepticism, if not hostility. After all, why should the latter group decide to embrace technologies that will breach the barriers they have erected?
Here are my Diigo'd notes from the Classroom Teacher blog....
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