Prior to working as Manager of Information and Computer Resources here at the Faculty of Social Work, Univ. of Toronto, I established a community computer centre as a cooperative venture of three schools and the community centre I directed. It was operating three hours when I realized that this technology had changed the rules for both teaching and learning. Elementary school students were working cooperatively and helping each other through various educational and game programs.
Supervision for the facility consisted of five high school drop outs who were beginning hackers. Over time, as various classes used the facility two divergent approaches emerged. One group of traditional teachers tried to control the learning while knowing little of the capabilities. The other group were the teachers who just stood back and let the mix of eager
students, willing hackers, and shared enthusiasm take over.
You can imagine which approach produced the best results. When these kids reach grad school (the centre opened 6 years ago) their teachers better understand and use electronic information systems in relation to the specialty.
[posted to Humanist discussion list by ASM]