Networked Schools 1: What do K-12 classes look like?

I think Insulat-Ed, posted on by Will Farren on ed4web (Education for Well-Being), is an excellent description of the structural changes web 2.0 suggests for education.

Starting with ed4web’s diagrams, I started adding some details I think we need to talk about. The first is to recognize that developmental differences between primary, middle and high school students call for differently structured classes or groups–to use ed4web’s term.

In my sketch, I’ve tried to show the what I believe is the relative degree of control or influence the teacher has–or should have–over the students’ networks by varying the size of the teacher graphic and by varying the distance between the teacher graphics and student graphics.

I made this diagram in Webspiration , a beta online version of the desktop program, Inspiration. It’s fast and free and seems more flexible than Gliffy, Mindomo or LucidChart, based on my limited experience with these mind-mapping programs. If you’d like to help revise the diagram, send me an email at SITS and I’ll add you to the list of editors.


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    Peter Rawsthorne December 31, 2008

    I really like the diagram! I’d like to bring experts into the inner circle of highschool ed…

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    Bill Farren January 1, 2009

    Yeah, I like this idea a lot. I agree that the amounts of influence should probably be different depending on developmental levels. I think that probably somewhere around high school (depending on student) kids can start creating their own learning networks, to learn about what interests them. (Referring to school-related learning. Kids are already doing this on their own, regarding hobbies, etc. (aka geeking out)) This is not to say that they shouldn’t also be working with teachers (guides) who can be guiding their learning, suggesting, helping assess…Maybe the sign of a good education is having students who can learn once weaned of the system.Cheers.

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