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Blogs and Twitter now on the Curriculum

Posted by socash on April 25, 2009

Several weeks ago (I have been slow getting round to it), the frontpage of the Guardian carried a story regarding draft proposals for an overhaul of England’s primary schools’ curriculum. The story may be found online here. As we all know, the Guardian is a faultless publication that is above any criticism, and it has been under-represented in my blog.

Moving on. The proposals would stipulate that children would leave national school comfortable with an all round knowledge of media technology – including that required to perform basic citizen journalism.  This includes the ability to use Twitter and wikipedia as sources of information, and also lessons on how to do blogging and podcasts. The Guardian also notes: “They must gain “fluency” in handwriting and keyboard skills, and learn how to use a spellchecker alongside how to spell.”

Guardian Frontpage

 

 This is undoubtedly a very interesting development for modern education, apparently taking focus away from history and putting it instead on the present. The story also says: “Children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war…” A switch to a more modern media based teaching and “web-based skills” has its advantages and disadvantages. While it would equip a generation to perhaps utilise things like online journalism more efficiently, there are dangers. Over-reliance on technology (ie wikipedia) is already becoming a big problem today. It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on how this develops.

There have been many blogs about this subject already, one such entry may be found here

Online version of the same story

Online version of the same story

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