Hot on the heels of demonstrating it at the Peer Education briefing (see my last post), the Institute for the Future of the Book has some interesting thoughts about using Commentpress in classrooms.
It's interesting to see how the digital divide is still noticeable, even in a relatively affluent New York school. It's also interesting to see how Sol Gaitan, the teacher, weighs up the pros and cons of continuing her face-to-face teaching in virtual space.
"CommentPress has added work to my daily life because I must check student work more often, I must send them grammatical tidbits, and I must add my own comments when things need clarification. However, I can feel the pulse of the class more closely and accurately, and I don't have a ton of papers or exams to grade all at once."
Obviously it's not enough just to network everything; there are no magical solutions to teaching or learning something. But wherever it becomes more or less widespread, technology is irrevocably changing what we think learning is, and how it's done.