I think I need to re-write my “Macintosh evangelist” page linked at the bottom of all my blog entries and most of my other personal webpages, and change it to “21st Century Educational Banner Evangelism” on the following issues. This is not because I am dumping the Mac OS in lieu of Linux or because my enthusiasm for the Mac OS has wavered (although it has certainly been informed by my recent experiences Linux,) but rather because those educational technology issues about which I am most passionate today extend far beyond operating systems. My current thinking is that these “educational banner” issues should include:
- Digital curriculum and robust bandwidth for schools.
- Web standards adherence so web 2.0 technologies are as cross-platform as possible on multiple OS’s and browsers.
- Technologies that empower users to constructively and creatively use disruptive technologies in the classroom to provide the 4 C’s (Context, Communication, Collaboration, Construction).
- Free culture intellectual property rights like those EFF and CC are fighting for and promoting.
- MORE autonomy rather than less (educational deregulation) for classroom teachers, campus principals, and school districts to determine the curriculum and learning methods employed to prepare students for vocational and lifelong success in the 21st Century. (More trust as well as empowerment for educators at all levels.)
I think those are banners worth waving, torches worth carrying into the darkness, and issues worth fighting for in 2006 and beyond.
This Creative Commons licensed image of a bright lamppost in the approaching twilight embodies the sort of metaphor I am thinking of here. You’ll note there is not just one lamp here, there are several. That’s because we’ve got to stick together on these issues. There’s a whole lot of darkness out there, so we have to “combine our light” to make sure our positions on these issues shine brightly to get the attention they deserve and the action they demand!
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On this day..
- Dave Ramsey on Strengths, Jobs, Entrepreneurship, Lifelong Learning & Persistence - 2011
- Lessons Learned Videoconferencing on the BlueJeans Network (Dec 2011) - 2011
- Fuel for Educational Change Agents: A new, lightly-edited podcast channel - 2010
- Watching Live Bowl Games on MobiTV - 2010
- Praise for MobileRSS on the iPhone - 2009
- Toodledo: My quest for a web-based and iPhone friendly GTD organizer is over - 2008
- Upgrading multiple WordPress installations - 2007
- Empowering citizen journalists - 2006
- YouTube and Technological Anarchy - 2005
- Open Source Tipping Point? - 2005