Now that I am a public school administrator, I wonder if I’m still doing the same; making decisions that are expected under the unwritten rules of what school should look and sound like? Our schools are slowly attempting to bring the student’s out of school experiences into the classroom and system, but very slowly. Unfortunately, it is not just the lack of resources that drive the timeline. It is lack of knowledge, understanding, and experience that also contribute. We should not be waiting for kids to rebel we should be collaboratively identifying how to make this happen. How do we start?
I would say that Mike has already made a pretty good start by writing a blog as the superintendent for his district.
But being a good example is only the beginning. The next steps are where it begins to get complicated – and interesting.
Encourage teachers to experiment. Some are probably already using blogs, wikis, podcasts, or other pieces of the read/write web. It’s those early adopters who will provide some great examples for their colleagues.
Get students involved. Many of them are already using the tools and can help the adults better understand what’s going on. Also involve them in crafting rules that are balanced between total security and wide open.
Provide the necessary training and support. And let your teachers and students decide what that is, not your IT staff.
All of that is easy to write, of course. Keep in mind that all of us are still trying to figure out exactly how to use the read/write web to improve teaching and learning.
So, the last piece of advice – actually a request – is to please share with the rest of us what works and what doesn’t.