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.