Web 2.0 and education Dr Ken Price Best friends or worst enemies? "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man." George Bernard Shaw
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Dr Ken Price
Best friends or worst enemies?
George Bernard Shaw
How students and teachers are using Web 2.0 tools, and some cautionary tales…
Web 2.0 is inherently a disruptive technology… this has two faces.
“I'm not surprised to read …that most of the activities involving broadband are teacher-led (or what I call the Dick Turpin style of teaching - stand and deliver) because we're not encouraging this symmetry, with pupils creating content and using broadband to share it with others.
There needs to be this peer-to-peer type of learning and this why broadband hasn't yet delivered the properly personalised curriculum. Sadly, today, broadband is about delivery and not about what it truly should be: participation.”
(Stephen Heppell, 2006)
eg blogs and podcasts initially just used as a way of disseminating class tasks and notes, del.icio.us collections used only to convey websites, Wikipedia just as a “reference” tool
Some online tool becomes available freely
Studentsuse it at home and school
Some educators may (validly or otherwise) see this tool as a threat. They respond by restricting, renouncing or simply banning it.
Tool becomes widespread in wider community (Gladwell’s Tipping Point reached?). Student use or expectation reaches critical mass, education sees its potential and the need to provide it securely
Education responds with a secure and manageable replacement
And everyone breathes a sigh of relief….
www.googlelittrips.com/ - track the journey described in a book or story, and annotate the places on the way.
Example of YouTube in classroom
<<link to teacher rage video>>
Secret filming teacher defended
Mrs Mason denies professional misconduct and failing to promote the education and welfare of students.
It would be a "travesty of justice" to discipline a supply teacher who secretly filmed her pupils for a documentary, a tribunal has heard.
Channel Five's controller Chris Shaw told a General Teaching Council hearing that Angela Mason had contributed to an important public debate.
Mrs Mason, of north London, is accused of professional misconduct for filming staff and students without consent.
She denies misconduct, saying she wanted to expose "classroom chaos".
Google docs and spreadsheetsdocs.google.com
Online diagramming tool (similar to Visio but more elementary)
Free online curriculum, built in a wiki-style model.
Can be used as a resource, or as a place to collaboratively build curriculum
And for a small fee, if you want it…
The teacher has no copy of their materials because “it’s all stored on that network thing isn’t it??”
They decide instead to do all their work using ThinkFree, a totally online application and data storage tool.