Breaking Down the Digital Walls: Learning to Teach in a by R. W. Burniske, Lowell Monke

By R. W. Burniske, Lowell Monke

Burniske and Monke handle basic concerns concerning the position of schooling within the "post modem" international in the course of the literary automobile of a narrative of the way lecturers, part an international aside, struggled to make computing and conversation paintings in the direction of constructing serious pondering, real discussion and international knowing.

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Burniske 33 Steven Spielberg objected to the release of Schindler’s List in censored form, for example, the film was promptly banned from Malaysian movie theaters. Imagine a humanities teacher in this environment merging with traffic on the Infobahn, conducting online research on “censorship” or joining an environmental newsgroup. Now imagine my students, in 1992, being asked to discuss their utopian visions of a more perfect society via telecommunication with students in Des Moines, Iowa. That was like asking the Iban of Borneo to imagine talking with members of a nearby longhouse without taking a canoe ride.

As a result, the faculty seldom dared challenge the status quo, fearful of reprisals from an administration that knew it had the upper hand. Local teachers were afraid of jeopardizing their privileged status while the expatriates, who lacked a teachers’ union, were frequently reminded of the many applicants standing in line at international recruiting fairs looking for job openings. None of this nurtured dialectics; rather, it revealed how much ISKL had become a “product” of both its constituency and environment.

They’re short, accessible stories that stimulate good discussion on the theme. A day or two in the library could fix them up with regard to actual utopias—if you feel it necessary—but I’ll leave that to you. About my students: English 11, regular section. Diverse group. Most of them are ESL kids, so this will be a good challenge for them. They’re well traveled, but English skills need polish. Revised Schedule—I appreciate your need for time. How about if we aim for an exchange in about two weeks?

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