US professors who reach for technology in the classroom are choosing PeopleSoft and Powerpoint over blogs and wikis, as revealed by a study discussed in NMDnet:
Classroom technology to the rescue, proposes a new government report entitled "Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology." Not so fast, counters a recent national study. This assessment, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, found that most professors who turn to technology gravitate to tech that helps them administer classes, like Blackboard and PeopleSoft, rather than technology that empowers student expression and feedback.
I imagine these profs would have an aneurysm if their students ever got ahold of The Pool.
As empowering as blogs and wikis can be, Blackboard and PeopleSoft are simply modern-day equivalents of the Panopticon, designed to enable authorities to monitor and instruct rather than listen and enable. Is it fair to say our classrooms use 21st-century technologies, if those technologies are based on 18th-century politics?