I had a conversation with an Oklahoma educator today who confirmed something I’d suspected and guessed for quite awhile: In one of our large metro-area school districts, ANY website which has ANY interactivity of ANY kind (blog, wiki, social networking site, etc) is blocked because that type of interactivity is viewed by district leaders as dangerous and inappropriate.
Web 2.0 is poisonous, don’t ya know?!
I’m so glad our children are being protected from the digital communications landscape. After all, none of them will be expected to make independent, ethical choices when they set foot outside a school building or their homes. Recent studies indicate all digital technologies will self-destruct soon, and we’ll happily go back to the stone age. It’s wonderful to live in an environment where our learning needs are so well tended.
I’d suggest someone around here start unmasking the digital truth, but it turns out no one really cares about the truth or the real world.
Is my attitude OK here? Probably not. Situations like this really upset me.
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On this day..
- Why Our Family Ditched AT&T and Joined T-Mobile: Huge Monthly Savings - 2014
- A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom - 2013
- Where to Start with Technology Integration in Oklahoma? - 2012
- We've Only Just Begun (to share our voices with media in Yukon Schools) - 2012
- Piano Scales? There's an App For That! - 2011
- Creative Commons and Flickr - 2010
- Emotion and text-based communication - 2010
- Poll Results: How much would you / your school pay for PollEverywhere? - 2010
- The Night Before Valentine's Day - 2010
- New WordPress design thanks to Lightword - 2010