Anyone else out there done with Classroom 2.0? I am and I'm sad to say so. Other than twitter, it's been the most powerful network I've been a part of. There's a great number of people that I would have never met and connected with if it weren't for Classroom 2.0. EduBloggerCon wouldn't have happened for me without it. I'm not losing sleep over my decision, but I want to talk about the process of how I got out of the ning that introduced me to ning and shaped a lot of my thinking on how social networking can work with teachers and students.
A few months back I got into a bit of an argument about how twitter could be used in the classroom
. It was at that point I decided to step out for a little while. There were, what seemed to me, several people who had joined Classroom 2.0 that have little or no desire to
- use technology in the classroom as a transformative tool
- put technology in the hands of students and most importantly
- change the structure of the traditional classroom
After my August hiatus I decided to drop back in, today, and based on the forum topics not much has changed.
Twitter's still being discussed (in two separate discussions
) but I think that more people are starting to get it (not that my points in argumentative forum discussion mentioned above were ever really about twitter
). There's a conversation going on about classroom management (which is a problem, specifically, because of the structure of classroom 1.0,
). Most disheartening, though, is that there is an ongoing discussion of actively excluding students from the network
. The level of discourse going on about including (or not including) students in our conversations and grand schemes to change their classrooms from 1.0 to 2.0 pains me. If there are students who are willing to give their input, I can't imagine a more important, relevant, or crucial voice to listen to. Excluding students from the conversations about their future is the cornerstone of Classroom 1.0.
So, I'm stepping out again.
I want to be realistic here it's not as if my presence is going to be missed. There are a great number of people here far more insightful, educated, creative, and useful (not to mention having the ability to spell and having a basic command of grammar and syntax
) than I am to this network. There are over 4,000 members, and growing. From what I know about networks that's a good thing.
Farewell, Classroom 2.0. Thanks for helping me grow and may you spark the same in a great many others.