Negotiation Instead of Conversation

I just read an interesting post on David Warlick’s blog (2 Cents Worth). He talked about how teachers are quickly adopting new technology communications tools, but maybe not understanding the full change that they represent. Here’s the gist of my reply:

Maybe there are reasons to feel cranky. I believe we were both at NECC last year when the point about Wikipedia “being a conversation about knowledge” was made. I agree with this, as far as “adults” are concerned in their contributions to and use of Wikipedia.

Next: The Future Just HappenedFor our students, of course, different standards have always applied. With our students, the current status is more “negotiation” instead of conversation. Michael Lewis made an interesting point about this in his book Next: The Future Just Happened. Basically, all the tools for individual empowerment and new levels of achievement are here already. However, they aren’t necessarily embraced by those in authority, who in many cases would prefer to believe that they don’t exist.

So, when I go to a conference session about blogging, and see a big room of teachers seemingly sway to the information like a revival meeting, I’m reminded of all of the previous tools that were never fully utilized or allowed to enable students, and I wonder if blogs aren’t simply the next “thing” that are added and then dropped once the “new thing” appears.

As you suggest, the constant change can be used as a way to ignore underlying issues, even if briefly adopted or debated. Culmulatively, however, I’d like to believe that some forms of lasting change are gradually occuring.

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