Inspirational reflection from Marie Coleman (on Twitter @colemama) on being a virtual participant at the Flat Classroom Workshop in Mumbai recently. Maries says, "A week later..........and this Flat Classroom Conference is still on my mind! What an impressive process in which to observe and virtually participate. My thoughts are still spinning around a bit and not quite congealed, but I have a number of 'take aways' to record.
* Distance does not need be a barrier to those who are motivated and willing to work beyond the norm. * Communicating asynchronously in different time zones for an intense and time-driven project is challenging. * Grassroots efforts have a magical power that can never be duplicated by any directives from the top-down. * Student initiated projects and activities in such a synergistic environment will not disappoint - these were awesome! * There is hope for positive change - even if only on a small scale for now."
"Two Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a modest rise among adults 30 and older. In 2006, 28% of teens ages 12-17 and young adults ages 18-29 were bloggers, but by 2009 the numbers had dropped to 14% of teens and 15% of young adults. During the same period, the percentage of online adults over thirty who were bloggers rose from 7% blogging in 2006 to 11% in 2009. "
"AUSTRALIA'S national school curriculum will return history, grammar, literature and phonetics to the classroom, in what Prime Minister Kevin Rudd describes as a ''back to basics'' approach to education.
However, it will also place Aboriginal and Asian ways of seeing the world into almost every subject."