Blogging In The Classroom
As much as we’d like to think we’re on the cutting edge of tech, it’s the next generation that will have the greatest impact on technology. To the teenage crowd, we’re old school now.
Educators already know how far behind they are, and they’re trying to change that.
From the Chicago Tribune;
As increasingly tech-savvy teachers enter the workplace, observers believe it’s only a matter of time before educators routinely post grades online or turn to blogs and podcasting as teaching tools.
Unfortunately, and from the same article, the writer felt it necessary to explain what a ‘blog’ was.
but many teachers and administrators only recently began experimenting with their own blogs, a term derived from “Web logs.”
Teenagers don’t need any explanation, and from what I’ve seen, they have a much better grasp on the technology than the majority of the people teaching them.
What we consider cutting edge, or part of the Web 2.0 boom, they consider passé, and that includes sites like Myspace and Digg. We might be the wired generation, but they are the wireless generation, and sitting in front of a PC just doesn’t appeal to them much. Nor does voting on blog articles, news items or tagging someone else’s content. It was just today that I heard one of my daughter’s friends say, “Web 2.0, dude, who cares, where’s Phone 2.0? The web is for old people and losers”.