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July 31, 2007




Why don't you try a "themed" magazine with "the World Without Us" as your jumping off point. Let the students express their vision of "paradise": can Eden exist without humans?
Bring in the Utopian literature and contrast it with "Lord of the Flies". Ask if man can exist on this planet without destroying it. How will animals and plants evolve? Or will the Earth lose its soul when the last human dies?

Neil Winton

I think if the tools were to go, I'd still have changed my practice. If I've learned anything since starting this whole jaunt online, it's that we need to open more lines of communication. Talking to people is cool and ultimately is what matters. It's a good thought... and I actually wonder if there might be something in it. If we went back to 'snailmail', would the communications have more 'value' because they were not as frequent? Is the 'instant' 'always on' world we inhabit teaching us to give less importance to our communications? Maybe these are extension lessons/discussions youcould have with your class? (And excuse me if I steal... I mean mash-up... some of your ideas!)

Returning to your initial premise, I reckon I'm a better teacher because the tools have encouraged me to be much more reflective and analytical, and that's not something you give up easily... but I don't know if I'd want to lose the tools myself.

This is an interesting time to be an educator. Those who already use the tools have grasped their importance and relevance... as indeed have the millions of pupils with Bebo/MySpace/Facebook accounts... but we haven't yet reached the tipping point. Edubloggers are still the 'geeky' minority at the moment... but we're growing in number and (hopefully) influence. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Baby Beckett and in my own case Baby Paul...


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