North Carolina Internet Town Hall

My local readers may be interested in knowing that InternetforEveryone.org will be sponsoring a town hall forum in Durham, North Carolina, on expanding access to a fast, affordable, and open Internet.  The town hall is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, at the Durham Marriott Convention Center.  The FreePress blog has more information about speakers and agendas, but this looks like a valuable way to press for ensuring more equal access to the Internet.

In my own experience, I’ve found myself thinking about these issues a lot lately, especially given that I’ve been teaching a graduate-level course to local high school teachers about technology in the classroom.  While I’ve been conducting the course in a computer classroom and while they have been relatively enthusiastic about blogs, wikis, Twitter, and other social media tools, it’s often difficult to make the stretch to classroom practice when so many of their students have little to no internet access at home.  Long story short, I think these conversations are well worth having, especially with the economic stimulus potentially providing fertile ground for rethinking eductaion spending and pedagogical practices.

Worth noting: The town hall also has a discussion guide (PDF) that introduces some of the issues that will be addressed on March 7.

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