another, or in some cases, no homes; low income students include migrant workers children, or students with incarcerated parents since there is a prison in our community. So often the only consistent access to computers and Internet is through community resources, like libraries. Google docs, or other web 2.0 tools certainly have the POTENTIAL to give them access to their documents, creation, "stuff" so long as the community resources also support this type of population. But I also find that in these communities, places like libraries don't have the resources to provide these resources to their community. I was awakened to this reality earlier this year and blogged about it at: http://www.infinitethinking.org/2009/01/pondering-new-years-resolutions-digital.html
When I provided Google docs to my students I was working on the faulty premise that my low income students were in walking distance to Internet access in the local library (I was wrong).
Proving our low income students older working computers with open source software is more affordable and feasible in some cases. So at our school I try to promote a two prong approach (a combination of web 2.0 tools and open source tools).
f the world around us (both socially and scientifically) is still crucial. It does not matter whether the virtual forum, traditional classroom, or other forums are used, we still need the basics.
I don't care how a child is educated. What is important to me is that he has access to education. I would like to see some sort of global curriculum accessible on the internet. For example, this would allow people in a little village with no teacher, but access to the internet, to have the opportunity to become educated. It gives them a chance. In some places, they may choose to combine the classroom approach with virtual education, yet in others, choose a strictly teacher oriented approach. A classroom in one area of the world may look totally different to another location, but the children could still be acquiring an education. That is the important part.
Literacy and numeracy are crucial. A child who has been taught to read, and perform basic numeracy skills could begin working with a carpenter around the age of sixteen (give or take) and learn all the skills and knowledge required to do that job. He will have been educated for carpentry by the carpenter and may have the opportunity for more job specific learning through upgrading and training with colleges and universities.
I guess in this case, the destination is more important than the journey.…
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While developing effective teamwork and collaboration skills are considered important to the learning process, many students find group work challenging and difficult. In this episode we explore how Internet technologies can improve the collaborative process within online teamwork, and offer some useful strategies for facilitation and assessment.…