Creating More Dreamers

Over the last two weeks, I have been meeting with my AFG Committee reviewing our 7-year action plan for implementing student digital work across the curriculum. During our meetings (about 11 people are on it – all teachers) I have thus far gotten them to all join me in revising the plan using GoogleDocs, encouraged three teachers to begin blogging using the blog software through Google, and I had Audacity downloaded onto some Macs in our media center. We did not ask for help or permission, I have urged people to just do what we need to do — we will seek forgiveness later rather than permission now.

So far, everything is moving in the direction I wish it to. However, the great digital divide has been exposed; many teachers see no value in blogging, using wikis, podcasting, or even emailing. The differences between the generations is staggering. Dumont High School is composed of very young and very veteran teachers. I suppose most of the shunning of technology stems from the district’s ability to squash any teacher innovation using technology. Believe it or not, we can not access Yahoo, Google, or Altavista images. Apparently, someone saw breasts once. Does anyone else experience this level of “protection” or generational differences?

IT people be damned! A gang of dissidents is coming. We’re not sorry for our rule breaking, subversive acts, or our desires.

Author: Michael Parent, Ed.D

Father, husband, school administrator in NJ. "Education cures poverty".

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