One of my most popular posts this week was a video I shared showing “What a classroom looks like in 27 countries around the world”
Today, on World Teachers Day (see THE BEST RESOURCES TO LEARN ABOUT WORLD TEACHERS DAY), Google unveiled a cool show on Google Earth called This Is School:
From London to the Himalayas, explore classrooms around the world in Street View.
Google made announced lots of neat new education projects today, and also unveiled a video.
The projects sound great but, I’ve got to say, I’m not a fan of their video. It shows lots of teachers doing great stuff, but they’re all “performing” (check it out and you’ll see what I mean). Lots of great teachers, including, I’m sure, those in the video, spend the majority of their time not doing any of the extraordinary acts pictures and, instead, doing the day-in-day-out job of engaging students in learning. That might not make for great video snippets. However, just like teachers in the movies, this kinds of clips provide a romanticized version of what teacher looks like, and creates unnecessary expectations for everybody.
Let me know if you think I’m over-reacting, though.