I really admire Terry’s passion and vision:
I have tried to convince them that weblogs are the most protean tool for learning ever made. Like a furnace and anvil, a weblog can make most of its own learning tools. It is self-contained yet all-connected. It is portable yet it is rooted. It is an imaginative journal with a lock and key yet it is fearlessly open to modification and criticism. It is self-governing yet is subject to social control. I am almost afraid of what it will do to certain of my students. Tools transform us whether we will or no. What will this do to them? And more to the point, will it, on balance, do more for them?
I think most of us have the same feeling about Web logs but I know I couldn’t articulate it as well. Considering the limitations he and Pat and Joe work under, they are doing amazing work and deserve the support of their schools. In some ways, it really puts the onus on teachers in my position to prove the tool so that others can say look at this! Look what we could be doing. Fingers crossed that on Wednesday I can report an even greater capability to do just that…
Terry Elliott says
Thanks for the boost, dude. I know we talked earlier this school year about me “borrowing a cup of digital sugar” from you. I think I can see my way to pursuing that now if the “sugar” is still available. Let me know. See you on blogchat tonight?