Imagine, if you will, our Department of Education proposing that Twitter be taught in elementary schools as part of a larger plan to make online communication and social media a permanent part of our educational system. Dare we add new courses in blogging, podcasting, and using social media sites to our traditional math, science, and literature curriculum?
While one might scoff at introducing such courses, the Guardian — a U.K. staple since 1821– reports today that a major overhaul to U.K.’s primary school system will indeed require students “to master Twitter and Wikopedia.” While the draft plan emphasizes traditional areas of learning (e.g. phonics, history, arithmetic), it also does modern media, web-based skills, and a focus on environmental education. Assuming this plan gets passed, any guesses when we will follow suit?
[This post also appears on my blog, DCSpring21. On twitter? Follow me at: www.twitter.com/aldominick]
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