Posts Tagged 'election blogging'

Web Two Point O(bama)

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I have been so thrilled about the results of the election that I have not been able to settle down to write about (or even read about) my personal new learnings about Web 2.0.  As a teacher educator, I am hopeful that PresidentObama leadership will translate into improvements in all segments of the teaching/learning process and benefit both educators and students alike. I am confident that President Obama’s intelligence, imagination and creativity along with the wise choices he will make in his cabinet and other key posts will usher in a new era for education.  Hopefully, we can halt movement on the road that we are on that focuses more on standarized assessment than on learning for understanding.  The current agenda that centers on  learning for passing tests will never help to restore our country’s productivity nor enhance our common good.  I am looking forward to the days ahead and in participating in educational processes that prepare students with 21st century skills (including Web 2.0 tools) so that they can participate in global communities in thoughtful, intelligent, and caring ways.  Let us begin to imagine such an education.

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Yes We Can and Web Two Oh: Election Day Musings

I have been struggling with myself today to write about my web 2.0 learnings; the topic just seemed so remote from the excitement of the election.  How could I write about technology at a time like this?  It seemed so disconnected from the hype of this historical moment. Then I realized that Web 2.0 is not at all separate from the election but a very integral part of it.  When I stopped to think, I realized that blogs, wikis, social networking, Twitter and YouTubes (among others) have been very much involved in the campaign and continues to be right up to this historic day.  After all, all the candidates are on Facebook and the abundance of political bloggers is staggering.  Actually, I first began to notice that blogging existed during the last presidential election.  So, in reality there is no disjuncture here, but a live and thriving connection.

Here are two items directly related web-based applications and the election.  First, one can track nationwide voters’ experience with their polling environments through the Twitter Vote Report. A press release from Earthtimes.org provides some background on this effort and explains how Pbwiki Inc. is hosting the site that enables the volunteer network to manage and coordinate their findings.  Pbwiki, as I have reported in an earlier post, is one of the major wiki providers for education.

Another linkage relates to Sen. Obama’s educational agenda. Eschool News reported in the October issue (Vol. 11, No. 10) that candidate Sen. Obama (soon to be President-Elect Obama, I hope) advocates the integration of technology in schools as a way to help students acquire 21st century skills. Dennis Pierce, the author of the article, included several excerpts from Obama’s speech in Ohio on September 9, 2008.  One excerpt highlights Sen. Obama’s understanding of the importance of 21st century skills for the present and the future. “And that’s what we’re going to do when I’m president.  We will help schools integrate technology into their curriculum, so we can make sure public school students are fluent in the digital language of the 21st-century economy.  We’ll teach our students not only math and science, but teamwork and critical thinking and communication skills, because that’s how we’ll make sure they’re prepared for today’s workplace.”  It was interesting to me to see the emphasis not only on technology but on teamwork.  This segment connects readily with the notion of “peering” described by the authors of Wikinomics.

As is apparent, then, the connections are many.  So, after finishing my calls to voters in swing states reminding them to vote, planning my election night menu, and, of course, voting myself, I feel not separate from my learnings or my leanings, but quite connected to it all.


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