Re: [WWWEDU] Re:Feedback to U.S. Secretary of Education Spellings through a Forum Di
- Hi Steve
I really love your initiative , though I'm not answering the questions
at Classroom 2.0 because I'm not in the US.
Here we are in 2007 and the US Secretary of Education makes a one-way
survey about the use of tech in education - rather paradoxically old
hat (or rather old-hattedly paradoxical), isn't it?
In 2001 the much smaller equivalent in the much smaller Ticino Canton
(Switzerland) did something similar, except it went through printed
versions into the bargain. Average Swiss teachers were not quite ripe
for online forums yet, so I asked to take the minutes in the first
school where I taught that organised a discussion about the survey.
Then I submitted the minutes to the teachers of the 2nd school before
the meeting there, so it took us only 20 minutes to add other things
to the previous answers. Then I did the same with the 3rd school, and
everyone was happy.
Then I did the same with the minutes of the 2nd school at the 3rd
school, but there the headmaster balked indignantly at first: "That's
CHEATING!", he yelled. But we managed to explain to him the difference
between taking a test and answering a survey. And everyone was happy,
especially the survey organizers when they got a single file instead
of 3 bunches of sheets to be scanned before being entered in their
But yep, your Secretary of Educatiion reminds me of that headmaster of
the 3rd school back in 2001.
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