For Sale: TV

Prior to Web2.0, we were talking about being ‘student centric’ by abandoning the idea of pouring content into cognitive apprentices. That didn’t happen en-mass and today it is almost impossible not to challenge people’s teaching philosophy as soon as technology becomes a two-way interaction. It is a spikey topic — communication. The C used to be the study of; now it is the use of Communication.

Is your school allowing facebook and IM in class or giving detentions for it. Is the mobile on or off.?

There is no ICT unless there is communication. More importantly community is not built without communication between members – the first tenant needed online. Asking that question will usually lead to folded arms and grim faces in many professional development situations. If you do use IM, Twitter etc then the old classroom environment seems ugly. Both situations cause friction with people and policy.

The barriers to change: fear; uncertainty; denial are fed by old media tales nightly on TV. Few go home to learn, play and explore – almost all watch TV.  We can’t treat educational reform the way modernists tried to reform society though brutal architecture. It has to be pretty – and that is what attracts kids to online. TV is pretty boring – but IM, Social Games and Virtual Worlds bring edgeless opportunity. TV cannot ever provide the most important reason we use social media – to strengthen friendships and model social behavior. School as to stop acting like TV.



4 thoughts on “For Sale: TV

  1. Wow! Great post. Maybe I’m being hyper productive on the web because I haven’t gotten around to getting a digital TV. Around June 17th, the cable installers were backed up, and by the time they got around to me, I had lost interest. I work in two schools: one has great hardware, but filters on everything, and the other has dinosaur equipment, but no filters. I’ll take the latter any day. Your description of “crossed arms” and ‘grim faces’ sent chills up my spine. Even administrators who claim to want to explore new technology revert to “crossed arms and grim faces” with lightning speed.

  2. thanks for reminding how boring TV is Dean. I don’t get to watch a lot of it anyway, but I understand that far too many people waste a lot of time ‘doing nothing’ letting the box ‘entertain’ them. There is some good stuff on the telly and you need to look hard to find it amongst a lot of mediocre material.

    Your point about ‘IM, Social Games and Virtual Worlds bring(ing) edgeless opportunity’ highlight a few things for me. Firstly the idea of ‘edgeless’ (I like it!), so there are no boundaries, and the idea of ‘opportunity’ which means it’s possible to play & explore. Secondly it leads me to suggest that these tools or medi/a/um provide an interactivity which adds a whole new dimension to the learning & participatory experience. TV communicates one-way while interactivity means real two-way communication, it won’t work otherwise.

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