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15 October 2003 @ 10:00 am
google: teacher portal

=> http://marksesl.com/?source=bwft


so it seems that there are many different websites which serve as portals to other internet sites, but I havent found anything that integrates that with teacher<=>connectivity, or a kind of virtual desktop. also, there is very little sorting mechanisms, so you still have the time consuming task of searching through the resources, which is the main problem that teachers ae having. there is so much information, but it's not consolidated, and there is nothing to direct the application of information. it's basically no different than wondering around in a giant library; you still have to read and sort and find everything, and you don't talk with anyone. I think that the human interaction is key to the solution. I mean, think about how people stay in touch via livejournal, and not through e-mail. It's because livejournal is so easy to type into, and then it's so easy to have a diolouge on it. and you can just vent, and people pick out the parts that relevent to them. that's what teachers need. they need to vent about teaching, and then have someone from norway be like "I see it like this. don't cry." also, teachers who are able to be connected have much more political power, and can maybe effect a change in the educato-political world.
so that means there may still be a market for my idea after all.
now all I have to do is learn how to program. yay!
MegaManmegaman on October 15th, 2003 11:21 am (UTC)
something like http://teachers.net/mentors/ has the right idea, but it dosent have the ease and connectivity of livejournal, where you are almost assulted by the new comments and posts of specific, chosen people. you could set up a livejournal-esq thing that would have just the teachers in your district on it, and then see exactly what everyone's day was like at the end of the day. huzzah!
Genegdw on October 16th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
One of the problems you'd run into with that kind of messageboard is that unless the users and discussions were kept totally general and anonymous, i.e. no specific schools, names etc., then the teachers would still have to censor themselves, as the administration of their schools might/would get a hold of this, and be able hold them liable for what they said on the board.

General difficulties with teaching, i.e. "how do I help kids become more interested in math," or "where are some good resources for teaching children about government" would be okay, but things like "how am I supposed to teach anything but how to study for the standardized testing given the incredibly stupid and broken curriculum forced on us this year" could be seen as grounds for insubordination.
natebunnyfield on October 15th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)
my biggest complaint with most technological services is that they seem to think people have all this free time and want to be using their site.

stuff like splash screens are just a waste of time.

and i can't imagine anyone who has less time than teachers.