This morning’s Guardian hosts an article : Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up .
The article seems like a leak of the ‘meat’ of the Rose Review … but I can’t find the leak anywhere. I just wonder if this is a real rush forward of the Review so that it gets out there quickly and gets accepted into schools before the election jugganaut begins to roll into town.
I just love this bit from the article: Children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication. They must gain “fluency” in handwriting and keyboard skills, and learn how to use a spellchecker alongside how to spell.
In my wildest dreams or nightmares I can’t imagine that Jim Rose actually said any such things … again another example of the media jumping on a band wagon that they don’t understand.
… and, of course, we get the BBC quoting the Guardian … the juggernaut moves on …
Meanwhile the Yorkshire Evening Post has a cautious Twitter may join primary curriculum and The Independent adds in the idea that children should study Twitter (as if it were to be a curriculum subject) … thanks to Gareth Davies for pointing me towards the later two ‘spots’.
Talk about a blend on the ‘new’ with the ‘old’ .
My good friend Terry Freedman comments: Still, it’s all good: think of how many things you could cram into the curriculum if each lesson had to be no more than 140 characters long!
The training implications of this one simple piece of leaked mis-information are enormous … and just as an aside – I was with a group of teachers last week who knew of Twitter (because of Stephen Fry) ; they had heard of blogs but only one person had read one and no-one had thought of writing one; they liked the idea of podcasting but they confused podcasts with simple MP3 files on a web site; and they told me that Wikipedia wasn’t a ‘real’ encyclopedia because ‘anyone can write any rubbish that they want in it … can’t they?’
It could be an interesting uphill climb towards a 21C education fit for purpose. We will need to get teachers to live it before they teach it.
PS 21.14 on Wednesday 25th March … There are now 182 comments on the original Guardian article
PPS 06.35 Thursday 26th March 2009 … You might want to read what the ‘tech world’ thinks … Techcrunch
Original image: ‘The cup that can only be half-full.‘
by: Michael Vroegop