I was part of a great discussion last week, tossing around ideas concerning the variety of Web 2.0 tools that could be used by students to research and publish their work.
Being an evil central office type, occasionally I was obliged to point out that many of these applications would be frowned upon by people higher up the food chain and could go against regulations.
Of course, anyone who knows me will tell you that, when it comes to pushing enforcement of these rules, I’m a really lousy cop.
Aside from that, during the dialogue, one of our school-based trainers made an excellent point.
He noted that we’re in a marketplace. If we don’t provide the kids with what they want/need, they’ll go somewhere else.
Basically, he very accurately landed on the fact that we, as educators, have lost our monopoly on both information and the tools used to manage it.
Ok. Arriving at that conclusion was the easy part.
Now what do we do about it? And we better figure it out quickly.