Thursday, October 26, 2006

Gearing Up For TRETC

We're looking forward to having you join us at our session called "The Read/Write Web in the Classroom during the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference. TRETC is by far the best ed-tech conference in the Pittsburgh region, and I really hope we get a great turnout.
I'm writing this entry as an example of one of the Web 2.0 tools teachers and students can use to accelerate and expand learning.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Are They Ready?

1014061649.jpgAs these two young men pose for a cameraphone photo before going to the Homecoming Dance with their friends, I wonder: are they ready? Has their experience in school so far, 11 years and counting, prepared them for a future that will be unique in the same way mine was from my parents?
My son is on the right - he has done well, but I wonder if his learning experinces have taken advantage of all of his talents, stretched him in new directions, offered several ways to produce a product acceptable to his teachers.
Why didn't his education stay on the same path as in elementary school? He is/was in the gifted program. I've always felt all children should have exposure to inquiry-based, project-based learning and assessment. Why does learning shift so dramatically in junior and senior high? Aren't those skills ones that should be nurtured continually? Couldn't he take much better advantage of learning when it is done in collaboration with the teacher and his peers?
So, again, I ask: are they ready? And I wonder; who is "they?"