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Student Access - Safeguarding or Censoring?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kev Mar 3, 2009. 13 Replies

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Shannon
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http://shannonprincipal.edublogs.org/
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http://www.birdville.k12.tx.us/schools/003/teachers/Farr/farr.htm
About Me
30 years experience...trying to stay young and caught up with the technology and the possibilities of the future. I believe we are all students.
Take My Belief Statement. My Educational Philosophy. My Mission Statement. Put them all together and you will hear:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Learning Has Left the Building"

Classroom 2.0 cannot be defined with traditional educational terminology.

As many are discovering, technology has allowed Learning to get up and walk out of the classroom. In fact, Learning kept walking right out of the school building...and is now on a Universal Walkabout. Attempts to harness Learning and force it back into the schoolhouse are doomed to failure.

Learning has discovered that it no longer needs to contain itself within the covers of a textbook, or behind the walls of a building. Perhaps most revolutionary is that Learning is beginning to understand that it is not confined by any artificial boundaries or borders...be they geographic, political, economic, religious, or social.

I am an active parent watching and walking along as Learning discovers its new legs, new potential, and new horizons. I am a laborer rapidly trying to clear obstacles that might impede Learning's new path. I am the blended combination of teacher/student - trying to stay one step ahead and discover the new potentials one minute and teaching them the next. I am a zealous disciple preaching the coming of the New Learning. But ultimately, once Learning realizes and embraces its ever-expanding, unlimited potential, I will be left behind...nothing more than its proud progeny...I will hopefully have become a learner.

I am not alone. A small, but growing community is aware and spreading the word that Learning is on the loose and can no longer be confined with previous definitions.

From the smallest most remote classrooms on earth, to the largest most sophisticated universities in the world, be on notice. Things have changed. The proverbial paradigm has not just shifted, it's been eradicated altogether. It has sailed right off the edge of our Flat Earth!

Yes, Learning has gone on a Universal Walkabout. Learning is now Global. Learning is now personal. Learning is now a Collaborative Community. Learning is now purely individualized.

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Loose Cannon on the Deck of the Good Ship Politically Incorrect

Posted on October 9, 2007 at 2:22pm 0 Comments

I started a new blog. It is totally independent of any ties to my school or school district. I can say things there without concern for self-censoring material inappropriate for a "public servant" to say.

It's just a place where anyone can come to express what they REALLY think.

Come check it out at

www.Farbucks.typepad.com

Shannon 2.0 - A Progress Report »

Posted on September 17, 2007 at 2:21pm 0 Comments

Our move toward Everything 2.0 is on-track. Actually, I believe we are actually ahead of schedule. Last year I outlined where I wanted us to be when it came to making progress in implementing Web 2.0 awareness and practices.

Staff volunteered for late Friday afternoon inservice - THAT’s dedication!

Below are two slides I prepared last year which listed all the objectives I could think of…

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You Can’t Cuddle Up with a Computer »

Posted on August 22, 2007 at 3:02pm 0 Comments

[an addendum to the Paperless Chronicles] [don't miss Part III posted below]

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Learner Permits - Let’s Go for Our First Flashdrive »

Posted on August 22, 2007 at 2:50pm 1 Comment

[The Paperless Chronicles Part III]

We spent today getting flashdrives ready for the staff. When the staff reports to work for the first time on Monday they will receive one piece of paper with instructions for the week. One of the instructions is about…

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The Check is in the Mail

Posted on August 8, 2007 at 8:21am 1 Comment

[The Paperless Chronicles Part II]

Since the beginning of man’s earliest attempts at communication, there have been MISSED-communications. Throughout the ages we have become excellent at making up excuses for our missed and mis-communications. Some have become so common, they have actually become clichés - such as “the check is in the mail.”

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At 12:55pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Greg. I was wondering if any of your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some other educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:01am on October 30, 2007, samccoy said…
Where did you get those USB flash drives that I saw in the pictures of your school's professional development program? I have looked around and can't find them....they are soo cool, but practical.
At 1:16am on October 8, 2007, samccoy said…
Very nice website Greg. I especially like the picture of the blue signs, and your list of books. I will check back, and I invite you to check out my CR2.0 page also.
At 8:29pm on September 17, 2007, Lynne Wolters said…
Greg, you found the words and strung them together for us. Well said. I read this aloud to the M.Ed.s in class with me on my first reading. 'Learning Has Left the Building' is exactly where our discussions have been as we begin our class this semester. My students thank you. Lots of light bulbs going off in here. :-)
At 12:24pm on June 21, 2007, wallowamichael said…
It's been busy, the end of the year always is. I want to wish you luck in South Africa. Learning how to encourage the kids to learn and appreciate what we're trying to do for them is a huge hurdle. I hope you can leave something for them, too.
My thought is not so much that learning has left the building as learning should never have gotten into the building in the first place. Our entire lives are about learning and experience. If we try to learn only in certain environments, we are limiting what we can learn as individuals and as a society.
Keep up the good work!
At 1:03pm on June 4, 2007, Carla said…
Greg, GOOD FOR YOU!! I am so happy for you!
Thank you so much for sharing with me! I wish you well with your project! Are you going POD or a regular publisher?
Be Well,
Carla
At 12:15pm on June 4, 2007, Carla said…
Greg, thank you so much for the wonderful compliments. The funny thing is, there is a heart of gold at the back of my book for children to look into. Thank you for being so aware :- )
Have a wonderful rest of the day!
Carla
At 3:27pm on June 2, 2007, Adelyn said…
No, my dad taught at Punahou School, so that is where I went. Kindergarten through 10th grade. Then my family moved to Kansas to take care of ailing parents.
At 1:52pm on June 1, 2007, Cerese Godfrey said…
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Learning Has Left the Building"


I think this is a terrific statement!!! I would love to use it if you don’t mind!!!
At 5:42pm on May 31, 2007, Adelyn said…
I too grew up in Kailua. Ulumalu St. Rode the city bus everyday across the Pali to go to school. Small world!
 
 
 

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