Saturday, August 23, 2008

[TIPS] National Center for EdTech Research

You know by now that the Learning.Now blog is one of my favorites, and today’s article is another example of just why I like it so much. In this article we learn that the Federal government is going to establish a National Center for EdTech Research. Read this post and follow the link to the Fact sheet ( that tells more about the goals of the Center.

I wonder...

What if the study reports that blogging really IS an EXCELLENT way to improve student writing? THEN, will our schools stop blocking them? Or what if they say that wikis are the PERFECT tools for collaboration? THEN will schools stop blocking them? What if they say that sites like Delicious, Diigo, Flickr, and YouTube are all EXCELLENT resources that schools should be using? THEN can we use them? What if they say that Second Life is a great tool, too? Well, now I’ve gone too far even for my own argument, haven’t I? :-)

Still, I’m looking forward to reading the results of their work. I wonder how many teachers will be hired there.


JohnBr said...

This should be a great resource. I am not sure that it will make much of a difference in the behavior or attitude of schools towards social networking sites, however.

The National School Boards Association published a study in July 2007 that stated, "students report that one of the most common topics of conversation on the social networking scene is education.
Almost 60 percent of students
who use social networking talk
about education topics online and,
surprisingly, more than 50 percent
talk specifically about schoolwork.
Yet the vast majority of school
districts have stringent rules
against nearly all forms of social
networking during the school day...Indeed, both district leaders
and parents believe that social
networking could play a positive
role in students’ lives and they
recognize opportunities for using
it in education."

"In light of the study findings, school districts may want to consider reexamining their policies and practices and explore ways in which they could use social networking for educational purposes."

Even this strong endorsement from the NSBA does not seem to have had a significant effect. The full report is available at:

Jim Gates said...

OH my.. so what do you think it will take to get them to loosen up?