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Reflections on Instructional Technology and Media

Assessment in School 2.0 February 7, 2007

In an effort to clarify or even find a definition for School 2.0, David Warlick notes:

Standards-based education requires predictability.  It’s why we try to rely so heavily on research, because we strive for predictability.  Conversation, even when directed well, is unpredictable, and what to many teachers will feel like chaos.  But doesn’t this describe the future we are preparing our children for.  We are no longer preparing them for a future of security, predictability, a job for 35 years.  Instead, we’re preparing them for a future of opportunity, constantly refreshed tools, knowledge, and skills to accomplish things that have never been possible before. 

I agree. However, what I see happening in education right now is a clash between NCLB, which is very standards driven/assessment heavy,  and this notion of School 2.o. As long as teachers are held accountable and driven by high stakes testing, I fear that they will not let go of the predictability of monologue and embrace the chaos of conversation.

So the new puzzle to try to solve is: how do we ensure that every child is learning, which is the underlying premise of NCLB, and still prepare them for the 21st century workplace which is a world of conversation and collaboration? Are these two goals mutually exclusive?

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