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My K-12 Blind Spot
December 2, 2009 - 8:52pm

We are a mixed LMS household. My 7th grader uses Moodle, I use Blackboard. Watching her use of Moodle to hand in her assignments, watch linked videos, download readings, participate in discussions and check her grades is a nightly reminder that utilization of educational technology is not restricted to the post-secondary world. Some of my daughter's teachers make the sort of use of Moodle that would be a great model faculty members wanting to leverage their campus LMS.

Embarrassingly, my knowledge of K-12 utilization of learning technology basically starts and ends from whatever my daughter does while at home. The primary/secondary and post-secondary educational technology communities don't seem to overlap very much. I get my news from Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. EDUCAUSE, my professional organization, defines its mission in part "to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology". The blogs I read tend to be written by people working in higher ed.

But in looking at how my daughter's teachers use Moodle I can't help to wonder what I'm missing. Is there a great deal of innovation around pedagogy and technology occurring in the K-12 world? What is the penetration of the Learning Management System (LMS) at the secondary level of education? What is the adoption curve? Are there practices in teacher training and support in learning technology that we can learn from and adopt at the college/university level? Does anyone know any good publications that cross the secondary / post-secondary divide? Are there a whole bunch of innovative and disruptive thinkers, writers, and bloggers in middle and high-schools that I don't know about?

 

 

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