The US Dept. of Education site that explains it’s vision for “School 2.0” is now officially up and running. As the site says, the vision is “a sketch and a work in progress” and “is designed to facilitate community discussions and preparations for short and long term educational and management goals.”
I had the pleasure of getting a chance to to talk with Tim Magner, the Director of the Office of Educational Technology, out at NECC last summer, and he’s very interested in moving the conversation about schools to another level. What I especially like about this is that it is a part of a process, that those in charge sincerely want to educate about some of the changes that are occurring and want the feedback of educators, parents, and anyone else with a stake in schooling. And I think it sets the right tone for the discussion:
Technology is not the focus of School 2.0, but it can enable educational institutions to connect across traditional boundaries, bringing the world into the classroom and engaging parents and community members as critical partners in the learning experience of all students.
Just my opinion, but I think we who have been talking about this type of vision more than most might have some really interesting feedback to offer up. What do you think?