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Web 2.0 to be Taught in Schools

A UK newspaper today reports that a proposal to change the primary school curriculum could see children learn about social media, how to use Twitter and become more familiar with blogging, podcasts and Wikipedia.

According to the Guardian, Sir Jim Rose, the former Ofsted chief who was appointed by ministers to overhaul the primary school curriculum, put forward the proposals which will still emphasize traditional areas of education (you know, the real stuff like counting and spelling) but includes more modern media and web-based skills.

Basically, the general idea is that kids would leave school with a better understanding of the blogosphere, podcasts and Wikipedia as sources of information as well as having gained "fluency" in handwriting and keyboard skills. They’ll also introduce them to the beauty of a spellchecker alongside actually teaching them how to spell. New trends aside, it would see children learn how to place historical events within a chronology, less of an emphasis on calculators, and a better understanding of physical health and well being.

The new curriculum is based around six core areas, combining old and new subjects: understanding English, communication and languages, mathematical understanding, scientific and technological understanding, human, social and environmental understanding, understanding physical health and well-being, and understanding arts and design.

We love the idea of teaching kids about new media and the power of Web 2.0 but we’re not sure there’s much room for it on the curriculum. Sir Rose’s drafts are due to be published next month but you can check out the Guardian report in the mean time if you’re interested in learning more. What do you think of updating school curriculum to include subjects that are more relevant to current times? From previous comments and stories we know not a lot of you are fond of Twitter but do you think learning about blogging, podcasts and Wikipedia is beneficial to children?