What other resources or initiatives in documenting edtech history exist that can inform our project here? Why not use the network to inform our efforts here? These days, it's rare that we need to do something entirely from ground up :).
Here is another favourite Progressive Education 1940's
As for the technology point, I thought I was pretty radical because I was using movies in my classes as examples of concepts in the 70's. Then I discover this was being done in the 1940's.
In 12 years of schooling in Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan in the 50's and 60's, I had one English teacher who brought in recordings of Shakespeare plays and a cutting edge French lab where we listened to tapes of people speaking French and tried to repeat what was said. My daughter recently graduated from high school in Saskatchewan and except for the computer classroom, her experience wasn't all that different except now they use computers to write papers instead of typewriters and research is done online instead of in the library. Which says more about students and very little about teaching.
And you mentioned Deirdre -- your daughter getting the same kind of education. Hmmm.... Some teachers, at my son's innovative school -- get the internet -- and how to use it in the classroom -- most of the high school students have labtops -- but others are teaching like they have for years -- with working with the academic students who are keen and want to learn -- except in ways that don't match them. For example -- I'm here at noon or after school if someone wants help. Most if not all of these gifted students are extremely busy (many extra classes, part-time jobs, volunteer work and extra school activities within the school) and would not respond to these offeres from someone who does not work with them -- and even just puts them down. My 2 cents as I was resonating with your post. I see so many great ways to reach these students -- and I am so grateful for the teachers who are able to change and reach out more to use the technology wisely, especially web sourcing. Jo Ann