Web 2.0 in schools and Paxton House

A new report from Becta in the UK about Web 2.0 and schools. This report is the 3rd in a series and deals with Impacts, Barriers and Issuesin relation to Web  2.0 and schools. For teacher librarians and school librarians reading this, the findings will be anecdotally familiar but this report is based on research and should have a greater impact. The report highlights the range of possibilities, particularly the creative opportunities for students, of Web 2.0 in schools. It highlights how publication on the web can be a stimulation to student learning and that “publication enhanced a learner’s sense of ownership, engagement and awareness of audience“. The barriers? The usual suspects – a clash between school assessment and creative learning, filtering (see previous post), time and support. Well worth a read.

On Sunday, armed with my new Canon EOS100D SLR digital camera (there’s whole new language I need to learn to make the most of it and when you switch it on, the back of the camera looks like a pilot cockpit’s range of icons, text and lights) I ventured down to Paxton House  , a stately home about a 40 minute drive from Dunbar. Built in 1758 by John Adam and it has wonderful interiors by Robert Adam. There was snow on the ground at the house when we got there but none on the river Tweed walk which is next to the house. It’s a fascinating visit in terms of architecture and furnishings from the 18th century onwards and the Home (pr. Hume) family owned all the land that you can see from the house. This meant that for most people living in the area, there was a huge and unbridgeable gap between rich and poor. The last owner of the house, John Home Robertson,  a former Labour MP, donated the house and grounds to a charitable trust. The picture below shows the back of the house.

Paxton House

Paxton House

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