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Blown away by Students 2.0

We make the mistake of thinking that the people that do well in school are the ‘smart’ ones, but that isn’t always the case. These people may just be good at retaining information and reciting it back under pressure, or may just be good at problem solving. Our schools teach these kinds of people well, because they know how to deal with them. All you need to do with these people is throw facts and figures at them and tell them they need to know them to pass, and get become qualified to get a good job... which is not even proper learning. There is no regard there for our creative ones, or even the ‘smart’ ones who can probably do so much more given the opportunity. There is no other option, no fork in the road, not even a way to have the best of both worlds. Just one path for everyone to follow, with the same goal in mind—to fit in, and become another round peg in a round hole.

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Should be mandatory viewing for high school teachers.

Thanks for the heads up....

August 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Doyle

I too am tremendously impressed by this site. We should listen to the students. For more on how students learn in a 2.0 world - check out this group of videos. A good way to gear up for the beginning of a new school year.

August 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJacquie Henry

I was looking forward to heading to Students 2.0 but am dismayed that our district's filtering blocks that site and categorizes it as "adult lifestyles."
What are your thoughts on internet filtering? I feel extremely limited in what I can do as a building administrator and what I can encourage my teachers to do... not because they are unwilling, but because our terrible bandwidth and restrictive internet capabilities would only frustrate them. What suggestions do you have for someone in my position? I want to open their eyes to the marvelous 2.0 tools and more, but I feel like my hands are tied!

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

Hi Lyn,

You didn't leave an email address. You can read my thoughts on Internet filtering here:

Now aren't you sorry you asked!

All the best,


August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

Thanks, Doug!

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

Hi Jacquie,

Thanks for this link. A number of these videos are familiar, but some were new. Nice to have a single link to all of them!


August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

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