Wednesday, December 8, 2010
A grain of sand
So how can we challenge a policy that is not working. This takes courage as it's difficult to challenge the status quo, or something that many don't seem to care about one way or another. Sometimes you need to show examples of positives (but perhaps you have to break the rules to get these examples in the first place?). Sometimes you need to have many conversations with all the stakeholders involved - in particular parents (I was actually surprised at how many educators said that getting parents involved was a good step to changing a bad policy - @Mamacita said parents will eventually demand that all their child's teachers utilize tech, if one good, brave teacher uses it well).
Using social media is so controversial, it seems, in many schools. Using Web 2.0 tools are controversial in some schools too because of worries about privacy and security. But the benefits of using these tools properly far outweigh the problems. We have to be advocates for positive change - even though it is hard. A grain of sand in the right place, produces a pearl.
Photo by Katie Storey