Conversations from the Edge is a series of raw, honest and candid dialogues about educationâ€™s shifting learning landscape. Hosted by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Will Richardson and our Advisory Board.
Is it possible for primary and secondary students in two very different countries like Lesotho and Norway to collaborate using technology? What can we learn from each other and how would we even attempt to start such a project? Based on written applications, four high school students from Norway were chosen to accompany me to Lesotho and stay for 4 days. Our goal was to help a primary school with technology and teach the students how to use laptops to make presentations for a joint project with our school. It was an amazing experience!
If we’re going to help our students develop the focus they need to think deeply about things — to acquire Howard Rheingold’s “Infotention” — then I think most schools will need some ground rules, made in collaboration with students after lots of conversations around these important topics.
Ann Michaelsen offers evidence from her own Norwegian classroom about the learning effects of student blogging and tweeting. You’ll find quotes from the kids, exciting news about the EduBlog Awards, and some excellent tips on using WebNotes and Twitter to quickly review and comment on student blog content.
Recently a local news reporter called me and wanted information for an article she was writing. The proposition underlying her planned article was that â€œstudents teach teachersâ€ these days, because they know more about technology and social media than the adults tasked to instruct them. Are we really so sure about that?