Posted by: Floyd Braid | January 3, 2009

The Decider 2.0 Part 1

Recently I was listening to Dave Weinberger  speaking at the Le Web Paris 08 Conference http://www.lewebparis.com/ about how leaderships is shifting in the Web 2.0 world. One of  2 ideas that stood out for me was a comment he made “leadership is the property of the network”  that this top down “I’m the lewebparisDecider” mentality is quickly eroding with the greater footprint of community based systems fueled by the end of the traditional information age. I must say that I don’t see much of this seeping into how educational systems are operated specifically in the K-12 arena. My sense is that the focus is much more on how the technology can be used to enhance the leadership control and support “the decider” mentality. To borrow on Simon Willis(Cisco) theme of “reputational democracy” what if each class had a social networking site/system which of course included parents and a rating system which fed into a school network and then into the district network. Information could be shared and discussed, teachers would have a direct link to parents, parents could be connected to other parents dealing with similar educational issues and ultimately filtered to the leadership who would then have what I think would be a much richer picture of the issues system-wide. 

The second thing that got me thinking was … see future post on the end of the Information Age and the rise of the Miivatars…


Responses

  1. This is a grand and exciting idea, that of a social networking system for a class or department. But it would require that educators respect and include parents, and in my experience, that is not always true. It is my experience that, in some buildings and in some classrooms (and maybe only with some parents), parents are perceived as being in the way or “the problem”. I am convinced that this is a major contributing factor to our high drop out rate as a nation. And I’m not saying that all parents are perfect and contribute wisely to the education of their children; however, expediently pushing them out of the way creates more problems than it solves, in my opinion.

    If you ever see an idea like this piloted in a classroom, please let me know.


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