Using Diigo to Engage the Ideas in Doug Johnson‘s Who Is They? article

Over the last week or so, I’ve been experimenting with a different approach to blogging…using Diigo to highlight and, if I feel so inclined, comment on stuff I read via the Web. This has been a LOT more fun than the traditional “Crank up blogger and type something, copying-n-pasting from multiple blogs out on the Web.” I’ve really enjoyed using the Diigo blog interface and it’s pretty darn easy.

The only thing I’d change in Diigo’s interface would be the ability to submit labels/tags that show up in Blogger rather than at the top of a Diigo post. I’m sure it’s something the Diigo folks could figure out and would eliminate the need to edit the blog entry I post from within Diigo.

Aside from that, it’s been a lot of fun…here’s another example where my comments are embedded in the quotes from Doug’s article:

    • Who Is They?
    • Can you actually name “them?” Or are “they” just a convenient scapegoat for poor policy-making procedures? Can you as a single teacher influence “them”? And are you personally working to change such decisions from being made by a faceless “they” to being made by a known “we”?
      • Who is THEY? Why, it’s people in central office administration that would rather ignore a situation than deal with it for fear of liability. Is it really fair to expect a classroom teacher to set aside teaching/learning, the myriad duties of managing a classroom, being a part of a campus community, to ALSO fight the battle of ensuring equitable access to 21st Century learning technologies IN the 21st Century, rather than continue in the 20th? Pundits are cavalier about putting this responsibility, this need to revolt in the hands of teachers, but the responsibility in any top-down hierarchy like school systems today ultimately lies with the top leadership and their failure to embrace learning opportunities…and to make them a real possibility for children today. – post by mguhlin
    • Taken to the extreme, that results in an “if they can’t touch it, it won’t break” mentality. Limited access, over-blocking, and long-passwords are the byproduct of prioritizing security, reliability and adequacy.
    • the best rules and guidelines are those developed collaboratively.
      • While few would argue with the need for collaboration, what about those environments in which collaboration DOES OCCUR but access is still blocked? The pseudo-conflict for control between teachers and network techs masks a greater challenge. Peel the onion, and the tears will flow. What lies at the core of the problem is a failed system, an institution that cherishes the status-quo and whose leaders again, and again, decide to “play it safe.” Is it really up to the teacher to make the policy or that of superintendents and central office admin to do so? Who should take the lead? Let’s be clear…it’s not the teacher. It’s the Superintendent of Schools, the person who should be the Chief Learner in Charge. – post by mguhlin

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