I can’t think of any model other than networks that is capable of
adjusting and reacting at the required pace and manner. But the real
problem is not identifying the solution to our current challenges. The
real problem rests in implementation. When we move to networks, we need to change pretty much everything else. It’s like a software program
that has been written in one language, and we are now trying to write
it in another. We can’t simply add on and tweak. In education, we
basically have to start over…rethinking curriculum, teaching,
learning, the role of technology, and so on. I don’t think we are under
enough pressure yet to make changes of that scale.
What pressure do educators/administrators feel to move away from traditional methods towards blogging as professional practice? It’s the whole horse and water thing here. We have to find something to make our staff not want, but need to buy into this. Right now, there is no tipping point in sight, but I think Siemens, and Stephen Downes, as well as a host of others, are spreading the word about the value of learning networks that include blogging and other forms of informal learning mixed with formal classrooms.