A great thing about blogging is that the best blogs show the blogger struggling to make sense out of something important. As a terrific Social Studies teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Diana Laufenberg certainly meets that definition of an excellent blogger.
In this piece, Laufenberg wrestles with the questions How techie should I be? and What's the goal of my instructional planning?
She starts out linking to 2 thoughtful pieces by Micheal Wesch, an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. Wesch has been quite a prominent advocate for technology in teaching in recent years. However, Wesch has lately started questioning his stance, in light of feedback from colleagues and students. Wesch's self-reflection, in turn, prompted Laufenberg to turn reflective in her post.
While Wesch seems to have selected connection and community as the themes he currently sees as important to emphasize in teacher-student interactions, Laufenberg's area of instructional emphasis has become creation of an Architecture of Participation, a phrase borrowed from Tim O'Reilly.
What do these two points of view represent to you?
To me they suggest:
1. That Wesch and Laufenberg may not be too far apart in their dynamic journeys to develop new and meaningful approaches to classroom practice in today's mixed up environment of 20th and 21st century mindsets.
2. That despite the varying levels of passion we may bring to 21st century tech and skills, we're in a consistently fluid environment that will cause us to need to revise and rethink our strategies and actions on a fairly regular basis. -JL