Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Myths and Opportunities of Technology in the Classroom

Alan November on technology and learning.

"...and when we discover that schools are blocking almost every powerful social tool we've got..."

I agree with Alan's basic philosophy.  The best filter is the one between our ears.  Students need to develop the skills to effectively navigate the web safely.   How can they learn these skills if we block access to the powerful tools they need to use?  Just this week I visited a school that blocked Flickr for both the teachers and the students. It mad me sad to hear how the staff had to fight just to get YouTube access for the teacher accounts.

This is not my first time addressing this issue.  As in my previous post, I think we are doing a disservice to children if we attempt to childproof the internet.  There is no possible way to remove all of the sharp corners and wrap the rest in bubble wrap.

Where is the balance between safety and creative freedom?  Do you think your school has found thd balance?  I'd love to hear your story.

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