Hi Howard, I'm teaching a grad class for future college profs called "21st Century Literacies: Digital Knowledge, Digital Humanities," where students build their own website to represent themselves while reading Benkler, Rheingold, etc. It's all public here: http://sites.duke.edu/english890s_01_s2013/ Last week we finalized the Community Manifesto, posted it on a Google Doc, and began tweeting. We started with the Mozilla Manifest as the ur-Document and then the customized it for the class and have invited comment. Most haven't even been on Twitter before but, because I did a Tweet to @Firefox, which retweeted, the reach of the Tweet was something over 2 million altogether. Here's the link of the #Duke21C Manifesto. We'd love your comments, feedback, and feel free to mod and repurpose. That's Connected Learning! And having that kind of reach made the students see the possibilities of their "commons," as they call the class, reaching far beyond the walls of the classroom to a larger world also rethinking education for the next generation of teachers. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OrH9LMnAUjwMg0_WuKJSGrbAaJpaCyTVqxnL5jqusrE/edit Best, Cathy
Thank you,, for your valuable article. And thanks for raising the issue of high schools being driven by higher ed admissions. As a teacher librarian in 9-12 in a top selective boys' school, my efforts to collaborate with teachers in innovative or connected learning are largely thwarted by the looming ATAR (final placement which will 'get them' into universities) which is the sole focus throughout students' final 4 years at school.
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