A recent article in School CIO magazine discusses the use of social networking in schools, highlights one school that is trying to find the middle ground with the blog and wiki abilities of Blackboard, and quotes another school as not going down the Read/Write Web road because none of the teachers have asked to. (Oy.)
â€œTogether, these two tools could give the student the ability to experiment with blogs and wikis in a safe, secure environment where they would receive feedback from their teacher and classmates that was monitored and attributable,â€ says Paul Regnier, community relations coordinator for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Um, yeah but…are they also being taught to navigate these environments outside of school so they have the tools to stay safe in the no so secure real world? Aside from the inherent problems with using Blackboard, the bigger problem is using it to avoid the difficult responsibilities we have to our students these days. Anyone know if Fairfax is not only banning MySpace but teaching it as well???