Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach points to the interesting case of an Australian educator whose classroom blog has been disabled by a government agency—for seemingly vague reasons having to do with “risk and management issues.” Nussbaum-Beach believes the incident—as well as others like it—is a challenge to all educators trying to harness the educational potential of new technologies in the schools. In short:
We all need to know how to advocate for our students- and how to explain how principled changes in education need to occur if we are going to remain relevant in our student's lives. ... How would you respond if faced with a similar challenge. Can you articulate what you believe well enough to defend why you are using these tools? Do you know the foundational research that undergirds why students using social networking tools is important to their future and success?
Hat tip: John Norton.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.