Posted on 13-07-2007
Filed Under (Blogging) by gashed

I’ve been looking around at various educational blogs trying to find some inspiration.  2 I find very interesting are those of David Warlick and Will Richardson; these guys seem to have their finger on the pulse.  These blogs do illustrate how far behind Irish second level education is in adopting and using the tools of Web 2.0.  I have found some signs of life out there – I’ll post links to these later, but I can only find 3 schools with Moodle sites for example.  I thought this was the tiger economy where high tech industry and software companies flock to setup their European headquarters.  More and more students’ learning outside the classroom is done using technology.  Web technologies of the read/write web are now consistent with the pedagogies of the classroom and utilising them in school is the best way to ensure that students gain competencies such as the ability to collaborate, cooperate and to be creative.

Will Richardson in a post today talked about what school 2.0 is about? Is it about generating content in a new way? Is it about more effective commuication? Is it about allowing students to develop the capacity to learn through engaging and interacting with others?

David Warlick discussed how we may need to refocus away from the product of learning, what is created nowadays is never finished, it is constantly evolving through personal and social reflection.  What is important is not what is learned nor the technology that is used to achieve this.  What is important is to focus on the learning, helping the learner to improve their capacity to develop their learning in an environment that allows for unprecedented access to information and communication among learners.

 I think these are currently my most favoured blogs.  I’m still searching for some relevant Irish blogs? Anyone know of any?

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