It's happening in small, geographically dispersed schools in rural Alaska. Three people are responsible for doing it
for over a million public school students in New York City. An
independent school in Milwaukee uses the same software that is being
used in NYC to do it. In Colorado, an outspoken opponent of it
was recently hired for a district level job, and now he is on a small
committee that gives the thumbs up or down. In North Dakota, a secret
password is emailed each week to a group of thirty teachers who can
then undo it in their schools,
when needed. In rural Virginia, a teacher carefully measures her
arguments for the educational benefit against the possible risks each
time she requests for it to be undone. Because so many schools do it
in so many different ways, the developers of VoiceThread have to work
overtime to keep their Web 2.0 tool available in public schools.
Really? Do the descriptions in the first paragraph accurately represent
the tyranny of filtering in U.S. schools today? Or do teachers have
more power than we often exercise? It's become too easy for educators
to represent filtering as if it's something that oppresses us. What if
we find that the enemy is us?
From the discussion captured on this podcast, we can sketch a much more
complicated picture of how filtering really seems to work in U.S. schools. See what we mean by clicking Read more, below.
In today's multi-literate world, music plays an important role. It is one that is often over-looked or neglected in the classroom. With the advent of Web 2.0, Music has taken an even more significant position. Whereas it was once only the subject matter of those who were music majors, it now expands into many relavant areas of expertise. The ability to either select the proper music for a piece or to create music to stand alone, has become a common driver for most students. We beleive that the instructor, though not a music theorist, can offer a variety of resources and information to help students pursue this drive. It is our intent to explore ways that music can be made available in a classroom situation.
One of the prizes they found during their class was Joseph M. Pisano, a music professor whose enthusasiam and knowledge bubbles out in this podcast!
Listen to Dr. Pisano, then pass this one on to the music educator in your school. Also check out his blog: MusTech.net
That's not all! Hook your favorite music educator up with Dr. Pisano's campaign, Me Blogger. His goal is to inspire
100 Music Education Bloggers (ME Too!) before 2009. He would like to invite any music educator to become a ME Blogger today. "Join Our “Global Conversation” about
music, education, and technology!"
20:47:30 Dr. Pisano: Hi Lee! :)
20:47:37 lee baber: hi
20:47:46 lee baber: I am sending susan the skype ids now for you
20:47:48 lee baber: and elderbob
20:47:54 Dr. Pisano: Great.
20:50:02 lee baber: Welcome Linda
20:50:29 lee baber: Dr. Pisano.. we are getting ready to call you in now
20:50:54 Dr. Pisano: Try again...
20:51:39 lee baber: OK
20:51:54 paulallison: hello
20:51:57 lee baber: Welcome bmuench
20:51:59 Dr. Pisano: Hello
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