Waraku Education

Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Australian IT - Copyright makes web a turn-off (Simon Hayes, FEBRUARY 28, 2006)

Australian IT - Copyright makes web a turn-off (Simon Hayes, FEBRUARY 28, 2006)

SCHOOLS have warned they will have to turn off the internet if a move by the nation's copyright collection society forces them to pay a fee every time a teacher instructs students to browse a website.
What a joke. This could be the best thing to happen to Australian schools for a while. The days of prescribing specific references whether they be books or websites should be dead anyway. If we are to be treating the pipe as having any importance we must have a focus on developing students ability to beat a path to the information and tune their crap filters. We can direct students to a series of bookmarks to help them get started on a research theme if their research skills are needing some crutches.

Bring it on - you are probably doing Australian education a huge favour and the people that are arguing that it will be the end of the internet in schools obviously haven't heard of constructivism let alone connectivism.

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