#Edchat 12-7–2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
This topic is one close to many teacher’s hearts and the participating edchatters were no different. Ideas of good practice , bad practice, hopes and desires all came out in the discussion. To capture the essence of this we are very grateful to Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher). He has done an amazing job in getting to the heart of the discussion and drawing out all the different threads. Thank you Josh. See more about Josh in his bio at the end of the post.
This weeks #edchat topic was about how schools’ policies are often hindering student learning in large part due to their restrictive nature. Many people had strong views about bad policies that were being imposed in their schools. One of the big ones that kept coming back up was the amount of filtering that takes place over the Internet. Most understand the need for filtering due to liability and the need for some form of filtering due to government regulations. However, teachers would like a middle ground and to be trusted to make educationally sound decisions on behalf of their students. Another theme that came out of this conversation is that often times the decisions that are being made about policy are being made by those farthest from the classrooms. To help solve this problem teachers and students need to be more vocal and collaborate with administration at every opportunity. In addition, administration needs to be more aware of the needs of students which is often done by simply being amongst students in the classrooms. At the end of the day, it is easy to point a finger for bad policy, but that won’t change anything. We must all work together, students, parents, teachers, and administrators, to write policies that reflect the need of today’s learners.
Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:
There were many themes that came out in the most recent #edchat conversation on 12/7/10. The central theme was how policies are hindering student learning and how to influence those policies to have a positive impact on student learning.
Here is a selection of some of the comments:
With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.
@ileducprof: Too many school administrators are only concerned with what occurs in their district. Missing out on collaboration opportunities.
I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:
How do we move our classrooms and students to be driven by learning and mastery instead of by testing and grades?
To follow the complete discussion see here
For the stats on #edchat participation see here
As ever, there were some great links shared:
cybraryman1: My Cyber Citizenship page is an important beginning with students: http://bit.ly/5fDZ4f
datruss: My daily-ink: Twitter EDU – Some simple advice to set yourself up for success… http://post.ly/1In03
jamesshelley: Check out the animation from @SirKenRobinson speaking at @thersaorg – http://youtu.be/zDZFcDGpL4U
TheHelpGroup: We had a big drive to join our Facebook pg, then realized everyone had to wait to join until they got home http://on.fb.me/9v6Oe8
shamblesguru: Playing with #Rockmelt : Social Media Browser built on Chrome http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/browsers/ #edchat #edtech #browser
missydow: I love that a student shared this resource with me during a conversation about citing sources /giving credit. http://bit.ly/gzWKRa
datruss: See http://bit.ly/aeVfuv RT @ShellTerrell: Yes it is! RT @stumpteacher: Sometimes it is better to ask forgiveness than permission!
marketeducate: #edchat Natl Ed Tech Plan calls for education transformation through technology. Already happening, isn’t it? http://bit.ly/dhiUEU
imaknight: anyone familiar with Project Share (Texas) http://bit.ly/gaSXIW #edtech #edchat
bhsprincipal: New Post: Why We Use Tech in Our Class http://bit.ly/guItex #edchat #edtech #bhschat
cybraryman1: You have to periodically review your AUP (Acceptable Use Policies): http://bit.ly/9ViT9i
briankotts: Korea and Finland top OECDâ€™s latest PISA survey of education performance http://bit.ly/fvbRE3 /via @OECD_Edu #edchat #eduswe #ukedchat
dcinc66: Constance Steinkuehler examines the role of games and play as an integral part of learning. http://bit.ly/hiKmIB #bif2010 #edchat
jonbergmann @alvintch Check our #revlearn and the flipped classroom. Works well with 1:1 http://bit.ly/bE6TCC
cybraryman1: @ShellTerrell We really need a Twitter Academy to collaboratively show them how to really educate http://bit.ly/as9R0g #twitacad #edchat
michellek107: It’s Time to Trust Teachers with the Internet via @web20classroom http://bit.ly/icCx9D #policies #edchat
stumpteacher: We can’t be like John Mayer and wait on the world to change… http://bit.ly/e0dBbP #edchat
web20education: #edtech20 Web 2.0 #Resources for Educators #edtech20 #edchat http://goo.gl/fb/cneEb #uncategorized #bit #classroom
smitha834: One thing that could help spur policy change is educators blogging both publicly and accurately #edchat http://ow.ly/3lnaV
baldy7: posted last night. http://bit.ly/cbkhEO What Do You Do. #edchat #cpchat
mizztcasa: Giving African girls a chance to learn http://bit.ly/i01XpV #edchat
TEDxUBC video #8 – Jeffrey Piontek -Teaching Jetson Children In Flintstone Schools http://t.co/rW5Hi2z via @youtube #tedxubc #edchat #cpchat
brockgrubb: Chris Rush (School of One) – to improve student outcomes, “assume anything can change” #bif2010 #edchat http://bit.ly/1SmCzT
web20education: Here you can read more about eSafety #edtech20 http://teachlearnplayesafetyeducation.wall.fm/blogs/11 #edchat
eshwaranv: Blogged: Could you tell me something about it? http://bit.ly/e96tWX #edchat #ntchat #elemchat #kinderchat #lrnchat
gret: Great post! “Know the Power of “Hello”” by @4thGrdTeach http://me.lt/4x0aF #edchat
World4Children: Disapp. 2 see only 1 educator @ #TEDWomen http://ow.ly/3lnsI People concerned about #education need 2 join events like this! #edchat #cpchat
cybraryman1: @Online4School My Educational Chats page with times and days: http://bit.ly/c6mAWB
royanlee: New Post: Why We Use Tech in Our Class http://bit.ly/guItex #edchat #edtech
gmbondi: Let’s rename 21st Century Learning – call it Digital Dewey or Progressive Education http://bit.ly/dMEYcs #edchat #cpchat #edtech
fliegs: Share Your Successes for Better Ed Reform http://goo.gl/fb/wJekv -New Blog Entry #edchat #cpchat
Aminhotep: Education reform begins in your classroom http://wp.me/tcfd #edchat #educationreform
internet4classr: Let students own the learning – http://tinyurl.com/28un686 (via @drmmtatom ) #ntchat #elemchat #edchat
MikeGwaltney: An Education Policy Novice takes over the largest education system in the nation. Strange. http://nyti.ms/eEaUXG
MSTA: We absolutely agree! RT @michellek107 It’s Time to Trust Teachers with the Internet via @web20classroom http://bit.ly/icCx9D #edchat
joe_bower: Student learning environment first, teacher’s work environment second. http://bit.ly/eXoN4N #abed #edchat
tomwhitby: My Latest Post: To Be Better Teachers, We Need To Be Better Learners. http://bit.ly/hx697O Pls read & comment. #Edchat
lisalearner: blogpost: how to help your English learners get around Internet obstacles http://bit.ly/i9tYr5 #edchat #ellchat
EdEquality: Check out Michelle Rhee on NBC discussing her new organization: Students First. http://on.msnbc.com/fFwkYz #edreform #edchat #edgap
Josh Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, IL. I have been in this same position for eight years and have not plans on leaving the students! I have a passion for using technology and empowering my students through its use in my classes daily. Twitter has changed my life and I thank each and every member of my PLN and those that participate in #echat for the valuable things you have taught me. You can read my blog at stumpteacher and you can follow me on Twitter @stumpteacher.
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