Getting the News — danah boyd |

The public has access to information in unprecedented ways. Unfortunately, it has access to good information and access to shitty information. For me, the challenge is: How do you create media literacy? How do you get people to critically engage the news that’s available? These are issues we need to address, but the availability of information is still amazing. And I think that’s part of what’s so terrifying to people, that there’s so much information out there.

Great Q & A with danah boyd. Worth a read.


Technology is not Enough

Technology requires serious, thoughtful reflection about how it can promote real learning.  And that, to me, is the first ethical responsibility we need to address: Rarely are teachers given the time, the training, the support, or even the opportunity for peer-support and peer-collaborations that allow them to conceive of the best way to use those shiny new iPads or the latest software that promises “results.”

To paraphrase Steve Jobs, “technology alone is not enough” in our schools today.  We need a massive paradigm shift if we are going to save our schools, our kids, and our teachers.  My own verdict is that we are at an incredible moment of opportunity, a transitional time, but that right now, in 2012, we are courting an Epic Fail.  We are expecting too much of the wrong thing.  We are judging classroom success by antiquated, arbitrary, and confusing standards that, in themselves, fail our kids and their teachers—

Excerpt from: The Ethics and Responsibilities of the 21st Century Classroom: Part One | DMLcentral by Cathy Davidson (link above). Intersting post, and well stated: we wonder why tech does not increase ‘achievement’ – but how do we measure it? A test? What is adding tech expected to do? I agree that we are at a time when we need to change the way we ‘do’ education. Tech can help – but by itself is not enough.