Monday, 8 June 2009

Wikipedia and Twitter in School Curricula



‘UK primary schools to include Twitter and Wikipedia in the curricula’


It is, in deed, a commendable move. If we want to make our future generation think out of the box, catch them young. Right from their childhood give them web 2.0 tools and let them toy with them. We do not want our next generation to be merely master-users of virtual world. Unlike today’s younger generation, we want them to be ‘creator’ of virtual wealth. We do not want them to be mere ‘users’, we want them to be ‘contributors’ to the wealth of information, knowledge and growing wisdom. To have our future generation to be such, we have to teach them the tricks at early stage of their edu-career.

Moreover, Wikipedia is free sharing web encyclopedia. By teaching our kids to master such web 2.0 tools, we also teach them moral lesson. We teach them the ethics of sharing FREE. Knowledge is not of sale, information is to be shared with one and all, wisdom is no man’s monopoly, irrespective of class, creed, colour, community or country, it should be shared, contributed and used by one and all. Indian Gurus never patented or copyrighted thier inventions and writings. It was all FREE for the bettermentof human beings. Let us instill Indian traditional ethics in our young generation by giving them reigns of technology.

4 comments:

  1. It is indeed a breaking news.As a learning technologist I feel tools like facebook, twitter have become so popular that teachers and educators are now working on integrating them in their classroom instructions whether online or in face to face mode. It is not just a case in UK but blended learning with the help of such tools are increasingly becoming popular some teachers in Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand as is evident from the growing numbers on workshops and seminars on this issue.
    But what concerns me is we are at present virtually swept away by these tools. One day we may be swept away off our feet as we are not that much focused on the pedagogy that such technology enabled teaching learning should be based upon.

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  2. Hello Dr. Barad,
    that's really amazing news that students at their early stage in education will be using web tools. but here by default duty of teachers becomes more essential to look into the matter that students should be using these tools and not misusing it on the other side. bcoz many a times it has been found that even young (adult) users are simply wasting their time and energy in the misuse of all such web tools. so it would be great if this care is to be taken.

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  3. If anyone needs proof that Twitter can be used as an excellent educational tool, take a look at this outstanding history project from the USA which uses Twitter to make the civil war come alive. It's truly inspiring!http://www.twhistory.com/

    Nicky Hockly
    Director of Pedagogy, The Consultants-E

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  4. its really funny when the plus2 two students in india whose core subject is computer science dont even know how to oprate a computure to log on we are talking about twittering and making it a part of curriculam

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