So I’m thinking the March issue of Educational Leadership (due on their website soon) represents a not so insignificant marker in the continued deepening and broadening of the change conversation around these shifts and technologies. It’s not just the theme, “Literacy 2.0″ but the quality of the articles and authors that are included. And, most importantly, it’s the level of understanding that most of the pieces display around the idea of living and learning in networks and communities online.
I feel privileged to have a piece in the collection, “Becoming Network-Wise,” (which is why I got the advance copies) especially so when the other authors include Jason Ohler (“Orchestrating the Media Collage”), John Palfrey (“Mastering Multitasking”), Michele Knobel (“Let’s Talk 2.0″), Howard Gardner (“The Best of Both Literacies”), James Paul Gee (“Welcome to Our Virtual Worlds”) and others. And there are articles on “The Importance of Deep Reading,” “Stepping Beyond Wikipedia,” and “Plagiarism in the Internet Age” as well. And I’m most happy with a piece titled “The Joy of Blogging” by my old friend and compatriot Ann Davis, with whom I did my first classroom collaboration almost six years ago now. It’s great to see her research in classroom blogging finally begin to see the light of a larger audience.
The small little problem, however, is that most of these articles will be inaccessible to a general audience. While Educational Leadership usually publishes full text of one of the pieces from each issue to it’s website, the full slate of articles will only be available in print. As far as I can tell, they never become fully available even in the archive (which appears to be down at the moment.) That, of course, is an ironic problem in a world where most of what we learn is a direct result of the transparency and accessibility of ideas.
Still, if educational leaders take the time to read this issue, if they really think about the ideas and experiences captured within it and consider deeply about the changes that are underfoot, the boulder will move a few more inches (if not feet) up the mountain. Make sure the leaders at your school are on the lookout for it.
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