I confess…I’m a junkie, an internet junkie, addicted to a constant flow of information. Information about education. I get my fix from reading newsletters like Education World’s Administrator’s Desk (www.educationworld.com), online journals, such as Electronic School (www.electronic-school.com), and from numerous blogs (presently about 25) on education, the future of education, ICT, etc. I keep track of them with RSS. Some blogs I follow are listed here. Have a look at them.
This week I talked to our ICT staff and a selection of tech-savvy teachers about adoption of emerging technologies at Sekolah Bogor Raya. I don’t think anyone knew what RSS was. RSS is relatively simple syndication, which is why we call it RSS. Actually, if you had asked me a month ago, I wouldn’t have been too sure about it, either. We also talked about school blogs, wikis and educational podcasts. (more about these in coming weeks)
“We want our students to learn the skills needed for the 21st century, but who’s going to get them there? Our teachers, who, like the rest of us, are products of the 20th century.” http://www.asbj.com/specialreports/0906SpecialReports/S3.html
Coming back to blogs, if for instance you wish to follow the four blogs listed above, you have two options. You could check each website occasionally to see if something new had been posted. Or if you’re smart, you use RSS to tell you whenever a blog is updated. I’m using www.bloglines.com, a free online RSS to follow about 25 blogs. I love it. I wish I’d started years ago.
According to an article on the top 100 education blogs http://oedb.org/library/features/top-100-education-blogs
there are more than 5,000 educational blogs.
As we bring Sekolah Bogor Raya into the 21st century, it’s interesting to look at some past examples of new technologies and what was said about them at the time. This set of quotations is taken from a slideshow What If, which can be viewed at http://www.lps.k12.co.us/schools/arapahoe/fisch/fischbowlpresentations.htm
“Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.” (1928)
“Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.” (1950)
“We can’t let them use calculators in middle school. If we do, they’ll forget how to do long division or how to multiply three digit numbers by three digit numbers. What will they do when they don’t have access to a calculator?” (1989)
“Why would you ever want the Internet for student use? It’s just the latest fad – have them use the library.” (1995)
Looking back is a good prelude to looking ahead. It reminds us that todays hot new technology is at best tomorrows old, taken-for-granted technology. Looking to the future, I really like 2020 Vision, a 15 minute video of a school ICT director addressing the graduating high school class of year 2020 (kids entering kindergarten today will graduate in 2020). He reviews the changes in technology that occur during the period, with great foresight. I recommend it highly http://www.lps.k12.co.us/schools/arapahoe/fisch/fischbowlpresentations.htm