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.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

It's just like learning how to cross the road

Plakboek has alterted me to an interesting story

It seems that a female relief teacher has been convicted of 'of four counts of risk of injury to a minor, or impairing the morals of a child'. There are a series of popups that she did not know how to stop and did not appear to have considered pulling the plug on the computer.

This case will be used as an arguement for rigid internet filtering in schools with out thinking about what is best for the students and our society.

I would like to use my anaology of learning to cross the road.

Roads are a very dangerous place. You can get killed crossing the road if you are not experienced at it and that is why lower primary teachers have very rigid structures when taking students out of the school. They bring along more adults, train the students to walk around holding hands and so on.

As students get older, they have more experience with using the road and so by the end of secondary school students can be trusted to negotiate roads on their own.

We need to educate about the internet in a similiar way.

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