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Friday, February 12, 2010

Help Us Hire Our Next Team Member

The Ink Foundry has asked the public to help them hire their next team member. Ink Foundry was started on a whim in 1999 by a person who knew code and used social networks. The result is a new type of public relations firm that uses the social networks to do the work. They need people who know code as we learned from the three candidates and use social networks. So there it is, our new workers need new skills that are not being taught in our schools. In fact, most of the social networks are blocked in schools and coding is not taught. So where do these candidates learn these skills? The Ink Foundry website is a great example of how we should be designing our own webpages and to show off the work of our scholars. Furthering the concept of transparency the page has a great comment area where Ink Foundry can interact with the public. Ink Foundry is an example of why our scholars need 21st Century skills. Good luck Tyler.

If the Ink Foundry is an end product then consider the Portland Classroom Publishing website that promotes classroom publishing and serves as a clearinghouse of websites where teachers publish their scholars' work. They are celebrating a new book that will offer teachers examples and advise on how to publish their scholars' work. Preview of the book and links can be found on the page as will be a good guide for all teachers who use technology and want to use the technology in their classrooms.

All of this is transparency. Transparency has been a keystone to the Obama Administration and with a new searchable online data base. Technology is expanding our democracy, it is making everything more transparent, and demands that we use it to that end in our schools. Education needs to be more transparent. Ironically, Obama plans to cut money to support technology in education. The Ink Foundry, Classroom Publishing, and the new government database are three examples of what and how we must do.

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