Our 20 tax funded state groups , erroneously called Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs), are attacking Texas education from another direction.
While everyone is busy debating CSCOPE Lessons, the ESCs are busy as bees putting another program into your public schools—SOCIAL NETWORKING.
Tweeting was the description of bird sounds in the past. But “tweeting” has a new meaning in what is being called “21st Century Technology.” Tweeting and facebooking are both forms of social media. Are they bad? No! Are they educational? UMMM! Let me say that the bad certainly can out weight the good. There are so many fantastic ways to use technology in schools to benefit education. Unfortunately, our Texas Education Service Centers have not wisely used the grant money provided to develop educational technology for students. CSCOPE is an online instruction program, but it has ZERO innovative student technology activities. Assigning students projects they have to find information to solve online is not what I consider innovative nor is tweeting.
Schools that have class wikis introduce social interaction between class members. Interaction between other schools is also possible but it is all under the watchful eye of instructors. In the past one could depend on instructors to provide examples for students, but in this 21st Century parents cannot depend on anything. But, with wikis, parents have access to the class site and have more knowledge of what is being taught and the interaction between the students as well as the interaction between students and instructors. This goes against the “freedom” being promoted by progressive education.
Our 21st Century progressive technology condemns traditional educator where the instructor is in charge of the class. Instead, student led instruction with teachers as the mentors-pals? Following are tweets from a Texas Public School Teacher. After her tweets were posted on a website, she edited them. Unfortunately, students follow and read this teacher’s tweets. Yes, they have a class “Twitter” which is open to the public. This means anyone from any place in the world can correspond with the students.
I vote NO to the ESCs installing the technology for tweeting. Even kinder kids will be tweeting. Will the teacher in the tweets on this link or someone with comparable social ethics be teaching your children?
Cathy Moak is the Education Technical Director at ESC, Region 6. Following is an example of the social networking called “Tweeting.” But as the name implies, Tweeting and Facebooking are SOCIAL activities. Everything posted on Twitter and Facebook are for the world to read. There will be no control over what students say.
Like the comment Ms. Moak made about someone she does not agree with. Is this type of social development you want taught to your children.
Too often negative remarks between teens escalate. Safety in schools is already a problem, why add an element that is known to be problematic?
The ESCs do not promote quality education. The ESCs promote technology. Implementing CSCOPE set the framework for online curriculum, which now, via ESC technology directors, such as Cathy Moak, St
How will social media in our schools improve education? Following is an example of a “Tweet,” which is a comment on social media that can read around the world. An ESC directors of social media is universally calling someone an idiot. Plus, this director is negatively attacking a product, PREZI, not sold by the ESCs. If this is social networking, I vote no to having it in our public schools. The ESCs have promoted textbooks as not being 21st Century education and social networking is.
Something is wrong with this picture.
Ms. Moak’s comments pale in comparison to the “tweets” made by a Texas Public School teacher. examples tweets you can expect your children to be reading can be found on the following link.
Kids will have wireless online capabilities in our public schools at the expense of tax payers. No textbooks, but they will be able to tweet. How will this affect education? It could positively affect grades if students are allowed to social network they would be able to share information. How will social networking affect student education?
Why do the ESCs want students being part of the social network? Why is Microsoft paying lobbyists, such as Thomas Ratliff to support online curriculum, such as CSCOPE? Have you noticed that there is more emphases on educational technology than education? Even CSCOPE is advertised as being an innovative technology product? What does CSCOPE teach about innovative technology? NOTHING.
Note: The content of the following link contain vulgar statements made by a Texas Public School Teacher.