I spent quite a bit of time this evening exploring some websites of different schools here in Oklahoma, and I was struck by just how FAR we have to go to realize a dream of engaged, participatory, hands-on, project-based, non-traditional education in our state and in our nation. Of course one shouldn’t judge an entire school district or the educators who teach in a school based solely on “the digital front door” of the district, but there are a lot of insights which can be gleaned from a school’s website and particularly the personal websites created by teachers.
I was exploring these websites not only thinking about my own role in education and where I “fit in” now and want to “fit in” in the future, but also thinking about my own children’s educations and the school environment which I want to provide for them. I want to find and live in a school district where digital literacy is actually valued and emphasized on a daily basis. I want a school district which has high expectations of student learning and performance, but doesn’t enforce a school climate of quiet seatwork and an endless stream of worksheets sent home once per week in a folder for parent inspection.
I’m not feeling depressed, but I am sensing (as I do from time to time) the yawning gap which exists in many schools between educational ideals and educational reality.
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On this day..
- An #etmooc Distributed Digital Storytelling Activity about Beauty - 2013
- Embed a MP3 Audio File in a WordPress.com Blog Post - 2012
- Face the Facebook: Implications and Consequences for Educators Using Social Media by Colin Webb - 2012
- Harnessing the Digital Landscape by David Warlick - 2012
- Look at Me Now! Changing the Face of Professional Development - 2012
- Learning About Notetaking on the iPad at @thedivorg via @ipadwithwes - 2012
- The Story of 1:1 Learning in Tupelo, Mississippi #msmeca11 - 2011
- Podcasting & Mobile Media for Teaching & Learning by Larry Anderson #msmeca11 - 2011
- Cartooning Around in Language Arts by Malia Triggs #msmeca11 - 2011
- Choose teaching - 2010