Nothing like the nuclear family, huddled around the hearth on a February eve just prior to dinner. Except, my 12-year-old is on her laptop finishing a science project, my 13-year-old is on another computer working on her on-line class. My 15-year-old is on another computer filling out an application for a college study trip. I, Gutenberg, am blogging. No TVs are on.
No, the future certainly isn’t what it used to be.
David Warlick writes of School 2.0; I’m thinking it’s Kid 2.0—maybe Family 2.0. Will Richardson notes that Kids 2.0 (my term) are amid a revolution of putting a lot of their information on line for all to see; sometimes it’s TMI. Doug Johnson overviews the characteristics of Generation Next; today’s K-12 students are even younger than that. And Miguel Guhlin has been treating the The Way It Is v. The Way It Will Be.
The convergence point for these conversations is the Read/Write Web.
When Gutenberg invented the printing press, information flowed from those (church, state) who had access to the press. Today, everybody has the press and therefore ownership of self-expression broadly disseminated. This an exciting time and a time of great responsibility.
Schools have a responsibility to teach Kids 2.o how to use the Read/Write Web for far-reaching academic, professional, even business purposes—not just as an entertainment and communication portal.
So, my hat is off to the trailblazing Gutenbergs of Carteret County Schools who have experimented with the new media and / or have channeled positive blogging experiences to their students of today.
- Jim Butler’s Biology Blog (Croatan High School)
- Pam Lewis’ Honors English II Blog (West Carteret High School)
- Colin Mayo’s AP Calculus Blog (Croatan High School)
- Dega Lancaster’s Late Edition (Morehead Middle School)
- Croatan Chronicle News Blog (Croatan High School)
- Click o’ the Mouse (Morehead Middle School)
- Principal’s Blog (Morehead Middle School)
- Life is Good (Croatan High School)
- Croatan High Biology
- Little Bit (Bogue Sound Elementary)
- MCPS Positive Behavior Support (Morehead Primary)
- Honors English III (Croatan High School)
- Patriot Plot (West Carteret High School)
Writing, perhaps even publishing, on a daily or routine basis can help make one a more proficient, confident writer. That is one of our charges in public education.