My experience with Classroom 2.0 as tool for learning and professional development has been a good one. I have been using it with my classes in conjunction with Blackboard (a LMS) for several weeks. The beauty of Classroom 2.0 thus far, is that it has provided my masters students with a collaborative environment to discuss with peers the pedagogical value of podcasts, MUVES, blogs and a myriad of other topics. It has and remains a good experience.
When arriving at class last night (in a lab in a K-12 setting) we found Classroom 2.0 blocked. No explanation. The problem here is this, in this particular district, the rumor is, if they notice a site is being used frequently, it is blocked without examination, automatically. The teacher is then left to then either plead with the network administrator for access or to move on. There are consequences if you disagree.
On this night it proved to be the perfect time for me to introduce LeAnne Robinson, Abbie Brown and Tim Green’s article in the October issue of Learning and Leading with Technology on "The Threat of Security- hindering technology integration in the classroom". The experiences of the subjects of the article closely followed those of the teachers in my class. The reaction ranged from disgust to anger. The consensus was at best this mismanaged attempt to filter content hindered technology use, some suggested for many, it stopped use. Given the power and potential of Web 2.0 this is a tragedy. With You Tube now playing a role in the presidential debates; these classic opportunities for kids to engage in civic participation; Are Lost! This is, at best it is a pathetic situation.
As we watch the technically skilled and literate children of other nations sail away with the jobs once done in the US, perhaps the fools who devise these mislaid plans, will someday to come to their senses and allow those who actually do the work some input into these decisions.