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Edutopia’s Digital Youth Project: Answers to Sara Bernard

Sara Bernard is looking for student input in terms of advising teachers on how they might use technology in the classroom. Will Richardson and Kevin Garret had posted about Sara's request. We have seen some comments left at their blogs and we want to share them here at Education & Tech:

Gary Stager:
    Why is Edutopia seeking pedagogical advice from children?

    This is by no means a question of student potential, talent, creativity or intellect. However, they are not experts in learning theory or curriculum design. Kids can certainly be natural teachers of what they know. Is their preparation equivalent or better than yours as a professional educator?

    Why does Edutopia think that lessons prepared by students will be just the ticket to motivate teachers to use computers effectively after 25-30 years of inaction?

    I was on a panel with Dr. Mitra back in 2004. He’s the real deal and his work should be taken very seriously.

    I wrote about him here.

And then it follows a thread you all will be delighted to read:

    You’ve probably seen this TED video, but I love it and felt it was appropriate to share here.

    It absolutely amazes and inspires me. It is well worth the 20 minutes of sitting and viewing.

Ann S. Michaelsen:
    I did a similar activity in my class. (Seniors at high school in Norway.) I had them listen to Michael Wesch "from knowledgeable to knowledge able" and then write about it on their blog. You can see their responses in their blogs here.

    We were also so fortunate to have Professor Wesch write comments on several of the students’ blogs. My experience is that students tend to be old fashioned when it comes to learning and that this is a process we have to work on both with the teachers and the students. Just as teachers differ in their approach to the new technologies so do the students.

Milton Ramirez thinks the curriculum is built not only on a paper or in a computer, it has to consider all components of education process: students, teachers, parents, administrators and society. So, what students have to say is as important as what a teacher or curriculum designer has to propose, and ultimately, we are encouraging all students who want to participate and let their teachers hear their opinions, writing to Sara Bernard's e-mail.

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