Steve gives some alternative views of the first UK Edublogger Conference.

his final post calls for Revolution

It’s the only way to change the education system as it is

From the bottom up. Getting a massive installed base of blogging schools. Aggregate, aggregate organise. Work around the slow system.

… john’s snip…

Revolution is fast and furious. And comes suddenly, before anyone is truly aware. Blogs are the answer.

I’d prefer something gentler, I don’t think of blogging as a revolution, it is a natural extension of normal classroom practice. We try to give children purpose for tasks, we display their work. The world wide wall display is a new way of doing that, providing purpose and a bigger audience.

Talking to Glenise today about a possible article for Teaching Scotland the magazine of the GTC, and trying to think of how all the web 2.0 stuff relates to the real world of teaching.

A lot of the Edu Tech gurus talk about a revolution in teaching that they see as necessary to equip children for the coming century.

I am coming round to seeing blogging and podcasting as just an extension of normal primary school practice.

Blogging is just a Classroom Display with a bigger audience. We are always talking about making things real for children, giving a purpose, blogging and podcasting do that.

Primary children frequently present knowledge to their peers often in a school Assembly, podcasting is a extension of this. More and more I am seeing blogging and podcasting as a small extension to normal good practice rather than a revolution. Blogging a discussion as way of consolidating knowledge is not too far removed from the same activity with a big bit of paper. Publishing a bit of writing on the web is just using an open classroom wall.

Web 2.0 seems a lot more accessible and teacher friendly now and we still might help equip our pupils for the coming century.

Poll shows a third of 14- to 21-year-olds now have their own online content.,16559,1586891,00.html

I was talking to Ewan about the Digital Divide

This Technology Guardian article makes intersting reading even if it dosen’t break down the 14 – 21 group.

six in 10 young people have internet access at home, with a quarter of those having their own computer in their bedroom.

I’d really like to see that one broken down socially and geographically.

But among those with a web connection at home, 31% said that they had launched their own personal site or blog. Those aged 16 to 17 have taken most avidly to personal online publishing, with a female bias.

Interesting in that it seems easier to involve girls at age 10 to 11 in blogging and podcasting in my limited experence.

Only one in 10 said they used the internet to read the news, with most preferring to use it as a means of expression and communication.

I guess thats a good thing as long as the communication is not just one way. I think I saw a nice graph when I read the article in the paper, but I might be wrong.