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In many ways this chapter of Watkins' book was like reading a personal history of the past couple years. Being one of those teachers who jumped into the social networking world with my students before it became viewed as dangerous by the powers that be I was on the forefront of a lot of these issues and I have battle scars to prove it. This chapter reads like a history book but it is all stuff that is still new enough that the history is still being written.
What I did find enlightening in this chapter was the point he makes about the gap in resources for informal learning between rich and poor schools and how schools in more privileged areas benefit from a social capital not available to poor schools. This is critical and it is also a difficult challenge. We can wire our schools, provide equipment, and give children in our poor schools everything available to those in wealthy schools and more and there will still be a gap.