One of the most pressing issues of Latin America's education system is the teacher's poor training in the use of new technology, particularly those related to computers and the Internet. It's not uncommon to find cases in which the students know more about PCs than their teachers. So, the creation of Redes Escolares (scholar networks) is quite good news. The site gathers blogs maintained by teachers from Buenos Aires schools, and they're managed with Feevy. In the blog of Buenos Aires’ High Schools, they present the project like this:
Redes Escolares is a multi-thematic site co-produced by teachers and schools around Buenos Aires. Managed by the Red de Escuelas Medias (High School Network), it's a difussion tool of the experiences in innovation that tries to show the threads of the city's education network. It works by hosting the schools’ blogs, classes and teachers participating in the project and updates permanently, when the different nodes distributed by Buenos Aires generate new content. Today it has over thirty blogs and we encourage the educational community to send those they consider shouldn't be left out of an experience of these characteristics.”
The interesting thing about Feevy, a blog aggregator, is that you can quickly see who has published new entries, and select those we're interested in. The site is divided in three sections: School blogs, teachers blogs, and recommended blogs. We hope this kind of initiatives are more common in other places of Latin America.
If you're a teacher from a Buenos Aires high school and wish to add your blog (or your school's) to Redes Escolares, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com