Teaching Twitter and blogs in Schools…..

Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary shake-up | Education | The Guardian.

What were they thinking!

What were they thinking!

This is in the UK at a primary school where they are changing their curriculum to include Twitter and Wikipedia. They will be cutting Victorian History and the second World War. You can read the article from The Guardian below or follow the link above for more information. What were they thinking!…


excerpt from The Guardian dated 3/25/09, written by: Polly Curtis

Children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war under proposals to overhaul the primary school curriculum, the Guardian has learned.

However, the draft plans will require children to master Twitter and Wikipedia and give teachers far more freedom to decide what youngsters should be concentrating on in classes.

The proposed curriculum, which would mark the biggest change to primary schooling in a decade, strips away hundreds of specifications about the scientific, geographical and historical knowledge pupils must accumulate before they are 11 to allow schools greater flexibility in what they teach.

It emphasises traditional areas of learning – including phonics, the chronology of history and mental arithmetic – but includes more modern media and web-based skills as well as a greater focus on environmental education.

The plans have been drawn up by Sir Jim Rose, the former Ofsted chief who was appointed by ministers to overhaul the primary school curriculum, and are due to be published next month.

The papers seen by the Guardian are draft plans for the detailed content of each of six core “learning areas” that Rose is proposing should replace the current 13 standalone subject areas.

The proposals would require:

• Children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication. They must gain “fluency” in handwriting and keyboard skills, and learn how to use a spellchecker alongside how to spell.

• Less emphasis on the use of calculators than in the current curriculum.

For the full article follow the link at the top of the page.

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