Clarence Fisher blogging at Remote Access is thinking about the changes we need to make in the way we run our classrooms and what we do there to take full advantage of the new tools at our disposal. My comment to him was:-
I too am thinking about the changes which need to take place in the classroom. Here in Scotland, there is a lot of forward thinking about the new technologies and tools, but often it's using them to do the same old thing. For example, podcasting is thought of as a new way of teaching literacy. This is true and it does get results but it is so much more!
This was something of a cop out. What do I mean when I say more? If enough young people write enough heartfelt blogs and record enough heartfelt podcasts will they change the world? Maybe….. I am not certain. However, if we prescribe what should be written in school blogs, I know nothing will change.
Will Richardson in his keynote at the eLive in Edinburgh talked about imagination and making connections. Teachers perhaps need to fire up imaginations and then provide connections to knowledge, to experts, to other young people, to whatever takes your fancy. So how do we do we stimulate imagination? Can we or should we even try to focus it? And to do this, how do teachers behave and what do they actually do when facing a class?
At the moment, I find myself very short of answers…..