Or is it?
Yesterday a student let it slip that the epigraph in The Great Gatsby was made up.
I had remembered learning that once and asked him where he heard it.
He mumbled, "The internet... might have been Crash Course." I had never heard of Crash Course or John Green but after watching a couple Crash Courses in class, I woke up this morning and started googling Crash Course which led to John Green's TED Talk.
Now our internet policy prohibits the use of Sparknotes and other virtual Cliff Notes - and the wicked Wikipedia.
We want students to read and focus on the primary text without the help of study aids.
Here's the rub: intellectual curiosity...
We Google everything. Have a question - Google it!
Can I blame a student for being curious and then sharing what he's learned on the internets?
(Yes, the internets is intentional - it's a joke - an allusion...)
The point is that there are no walls to the classroom - no end to education.
And no longer is the teacher the master... of all knowledge - the gatekeeper, the authority.
In learning, the more we learn, the more we learn the less we know (or something like that - who said that?)
Borrowing from John Green, we are curious cartographers - and like explorers, we traverse the world wide web.
John Green, thank you. I am free from delivering the same lecturing three times to my three sections - I can grade their writing and have more time to meet to discuss their writing. Your lectures trump mine: they are visual, they are funny, they are passionate, they are engaging - and they are accessible 24/7 if a student misses a class... like many did today with sports physicals.
If you missed class, watch the following:
Learn more about John Green in this enlightening and provocative TED talk.
Emily Dickinson's "There's a Certain Slant of Light"
Ze Frank The Show was funded on Kickstart
John Green's Crash Course Playlist on Youtube
For More Knowledge and Learning Communities:
Vi Hart - fun with math, seriously.
Think about your role in our community at WRA. What do you share with our community?
Who do you follow? How do you spend your free-time?
Are you intellectually curious - and not afraid to share that passion for learning?