Faced a tough decision today when the session scheduling gurus put three of my favorite presenters against each other at the 2:00-3:00 time slot. David Warlick was "Telling the New Story," Will Richardson was "Learning with Blogs," and Tim Wilson was talking about "Introducing the Read/Write Web: Challenges, Opportunities, and and Implications."
I chose Tim's session (not because he's from Minnesota) since I've more recently seen both David and Will make presentations. Also, I had to duck out at the beginning of Tim's podcasting presentation at the Minnesota e-Learning Summit in May, so this was a chance to fill that void although this was on a different topic.
After several good examples of how the read/write web is totally different from the read-only web, he went through a few bullet lists that I found interesting.
How do we keep kids safe?
- Keep student work on your network and servers. (legally, you need to be able to pull the plug.)
- Monitor what they are doing
- Implement a curriculum to teach students about appropriate online behavior.
- Recognize that young people will encounter wierdos online. Get over it.
Professional Development Needed
- Consider a shift from “just in case” training to “just in time” training.
- Feed the rabbits and starve the snails. (Identify and support the champions)
- Easier to run with 20, than drag 100.
- Leaders have to lead. Administrators, you need to step up to the plate.
How do you assess student work in this environment?
- Develop or adopt curriculum standards for information literacy.
- Develop rubrics that cut across units and classrooms.
- De-emphasize individual assessments.
- Embrace self-assessment.
How will you ensure equitable access to technology for all learners?
- Establish a baseline for hardware and software for all classrooms.
- Consider extending the hours of your school’s media center and computer labs to better serve your community.
- Have a serious equity conversation in your school.
Implications if we don’t get it right?
- Change in next 10 years will dwarf the change of last 10 years.
- Schools are at-risk of falling more and more behind
- We are in a relevance race with our students.
- Their real life becomes more and more different than life at school.
- Our digital accents keep us from being understood.
- What are you doing right now to prepare your students to collaborate seamlessly across cultures in jobs that probably don’t yet exist?
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