First, let me be crystal clear: I'm a huge fan of Students 2.0. As I've said before, the students that contribute to the Students 2.0 blog are smart, connected, and excellent writers in their own right.
Second, a quick review might be in order. As of this writing:
- Students 2.0: A blog written entirely by students
- Students 2.0: Located at http://students2oh.org/
- Since December 10, 2007: 29 posts and 3 asides
- Ranked: #10 in the edublogger world
- RSS subscribers: 1,091
- Comments: 871
- Comments per post (average): 30
- Nothing's Important - Arthus has an amazing way of speaking my mind. I absolutely love doing nothing.
- Edupunk? - That Lindsea has some real attitude. I love it! Here's a quote that was instantly classic:
- Should an 18 Year Old Really Know What They're Going to Do For the Rest Of Their Life? - Sheesh, I don't even know what I'm going to do next year.
- Average Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore - I think a lot of students feel this way and know that I once did, as well. My attitude changed when I proved to myself that I actually could do it. (After squeaking by throughout my entire academic career, I finished my Master's degree with a 3.98.) Now, I'm happy if I pass at all.
- Global Villages - I wonder how networked our students' students will one day be.
- The World Won't Wait for Rome - When I was in high school, I honestly didn't care about student voice. Dillon makes a pretty strong case for why we, as teachers, should be paying more attention.
This far into the game, however, I'm still plagued with a number of questions about Students 2.0, its vision, and its overall effectiveness. Don't get me wrong:
- I love their posts, I love their thinking, I love their sharing.
- They've made many teachers think (some perhaps for the first time) and have garnered a community of readers interested in changing education for the better.
- They've sparked an amazing number of intriguing conversations that wouldn't pack as much punch if they hadn't been started by students.
- Have the students of Students 2.0 effectively accomplished their purpose, and to their full potential?
- If so, how have they reached their full potential?
- If not, at what point will success be achieved?
- Do students now have a voice in determining education's future?
- If so, is that voice actually heard?
- If so, is it making a difference?
- If so, can you tell me how?
- If not, what can I do to help?
Or was/am I wrong?
- If I'm wrong, please correct me.
- If not, what can we do to help?