Expectations of workers TODAY in the global digital world & the disconnect with how we teach at school
I promote the idea of an open access and bring your own device (BYOD) type of schooling environment. I understand the reasoning behind blocking sites at school; however, I believe the approach to minimize the risks in most Qld schools today is wrong and disadvantages our students. Learning about being a good digital citizen (and the benefits that go along with that) and ensuring that students are aware of the potential risks and dangers that can exist on the Internet is important – this should be continually discussed, role modeled and practiced by all students and teachers.
Why is the current system a disadvantage to students?
This is particularly important with senior secondary students who will be “free” from school in 1-2 years and working or/and studying. It is unbelievable to me that in secondary education that we can NOT access Google docs or Wikispaces (among many other digitally popular tools used in the work place and at tertiary institutions) to allow for online collaboration experience. Work today requires that we are collaborators and creative thinkers while connecting with colleagues, suppliers, consumer groups, unions etc that are separated physically around the world.
There is a major disconnect here between what we teach and what is expected of students in the “real world”. It is increasingly impossible to give authentic experiences if a majority of the Internet is blocked at schools.
I have talked to senior secondary students recently and many have expressed disappointment with the school’s Internet blocks. These senior students, young-adults that are soon to be working/studying in our competitive and digital economy, have full access to the Internet when they are NOT at school. Who is ensuring that these young adults are using the Internet in an ethical manner? If these sites are blocked at school, then there is no reason for teaching moral/ethical use of the Internet. We can only hope that these people are guided well by their parents and peers!