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Doing It For Themselves…

December 6, 2007

It’s time to let the kids speak for themselves…

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As some of you may know, I had the privilege of teaching Sean (The Bass Player) last year. Although not the most prolific blogger 😉 in the world, he has written some insightful and influential posts. I’m delighted to let on something I’ve known about for a wee while, and that is that Sean has been asked to become involved in the Students2.0 blogizine being set up with guidance and help from Clay Burell.

There is an inevitability about the ideas behind the site… after all, if we are encouraging tech literate students who can grasp the possibilities offered by the online world, then it was always only going to be a matter of time before they started to turn the tools on the teachers! With Clay’s help and prodding and direction, they’ve managed to gather together a wide spectrum of student bloggers from across the globe, and I have the feeling they’re going to be worth listening to. In particular, I’m excited by the bold statement of intent they give… it is a warning shot across the bows of those who want us to continue teaching as if nothing has changed. As they say:

…we are now entering a new age: an age where thinking is more important than knowing, where the thought trumps the fact. Borders are melting away; project teams collaborate across the globe and intelligence is being continually redefined. The world’s information is at our fingertips…

…we see changes everywhere besides the closed bars of education. The system continues to “stay the course” upon a falling ship. Yet… Students are continually redefining their own lives and how they want to learn and interact.

Adults and teachers talk about education and students, but rarely invite students into these discussions. Fortunately, this blog plans to change that by offering an authentic student voice upon education. This is not a gimmick, there’s no puppet master: we’re intent upon confronting the issues of modern education, never backing down from a challenge. Students 2.0 is challenge for leaders and teachers alike: are you willing to listen to students?

These are challenging and loftily ambitious claims and aims… and I for one am waiting with great anticipation for the official launch on December 10th… but until then, you’ll just need to be content with the launch video which you can (of course!) find on YouTube!

Picture Credit: Fear Itself by DarkmatterCreative Commons Licence

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2007 11:04 pm

    Thanks for the great post Mr W.

    Yes, I will agree, not the most prolific blogger… it will change.

  2. December 7, 2007 7:44 am

    A belated hello after hearing much about you from Sean 🙂

    What an excellent post. I’m going to steal/quote your selection from the blog to post on my own.

    It was, as you say, inevitable, and again as you say, only needed minimal prodding and guiding.

    That done, I plan, like you, to sit back and watch, read, comment, and hope the promise is kept.

    You’ve got to love Sean’s homemade global video, don’t you? Umm-ummm good.

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