Thursday, September 06, 2007

The conversation continues

Jeff Utecht has continued the discussion he and David Warlick started a few days ago. I was pleased to see that he also appreciates the same quote from Stephen Downes that I cited here the other day. He went on to include this terrific observation that I also would like to cite here for me to remember:
It’s not about Web 2.0 it’s about learning! It’s about changing the way we all learn and then as good teachers do take those skills and teach others. If our teachers are still learning in traditional ways they will continue to teach in traditional ways. However if you’ve ever been with a teacher that has learned these new literacy skills, who has embraced them and seen their power like all of us, then they teach them to their students.

Haven't you heard or even said "Teachers teach the way they were taught." ??? So unless we somehow move forward and try something new, we'll be stuck in the 20th century. Not that there's anything wrong with that, unless you consider that we will continue to reach fewer and fewer students.

It's not about blogging, it's about writing or conversing. It's not about creating podcasts or digital videos, it's about telling a story. It's not about RSS, it's about listening to voices around the world. It's a new way to engage students that didn't exist just a few years ago.

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