[Jacky Fisher] never reread or edited his letters before putting them in the mail. As an 18 year old midshipman, he explained this practice, which he followed for the rest of his life: “I can’t bear to read them over twice. I like putting things down as I think of them, and if I was to read them over twice, I should get disgusted… and tear the letter up and consequently never write a letter at all.” Robert K. Massive (1991) Dreadnought page 403
John Arbuthnot Fisher was born January 25, 1841, in Ceylon, Sri Lanka. Promoted to the Admiralty board in 1892, he became first sea lord in 1904. He reorganized and strengthened the British navy to counter the rapid expansion of the German navy, and his reforms and innovations—including the conception of the battleship Dreadnought—ensured the Royal Navy’s dominance in World War I. Bio.truestory
My fourth graders blog and email partners around North America. My colleagues often stress unedited posts and hint I should only allow clean copies to be published. I do incorporate editing and revision in the steps for publication, but I have not been pressing it. At this point, their authentic expression is more important to me. The editing and revising should come. Many of my students are careful about this. The weaker writers might feel much like Jacky Fisher at this point.
1. Positive digital footprints, 2. Communicating with digital tools, 3. Transparency for parents and family, 4. New ways of thinking about Web tools, and 5. Effective digital citizenship” (Posted by Jenny Luca on Aug 26, 2011 in Creating Global Classrooms)
I sent a note home this week introducing my parents to blogging and eportfolios in my grade four classroom. A few families have put restrictions on internet publishing. I will have to exclude them from our Posterous site and the wikispace eportfolio project. I will have to adapt their learning to private digital formats like a Word Document or PowerPoint.
Why not simply do Word and PowerPoint with all of them? I briefly asked myself. I think Jenny Luca explains why very well. My students need to learn how to create positive digital footprints as they practice digital citizenship. I don’t think Word or PowerPoint represent authentic learning experiences for that. Transparency for parents and family is also critical in public education at this point. We need to effectively publish student learning and we need to empower students as publishers. When teachers publish student work, teachers reflect on student learning. When students publish their own work, students reflect on their own learning.
My students are young, and the Saskatchewan is remiss in addressing Jenny Luca’s outcomes in its curriculum, but they need to be addressed. I’ll try and meet with those parents in my classroom who are reluctant to allow their children to publish on the internet. Perhaps I can talk them around.