Friday, May 8, 2009

Web 2.0 Tools Great but limited use.

So many tools, so few users in my school. When I talk about picnik, voicethreads and diigo students and staff seem to think that I'm speaking another language.

Dave Nagel in his online jounal found at states, "While K-12 district administrators are "overwhelmingly positive" about the value of Web 2.0 in schools, the use of Web 2.0 tools in actual learning environments is "quite limited," and I agree.

Like any other tool there is a learning curve. We must first get the news out. Yesterday I placed a blog on my students .ning learning network, notice the term "learning network" over "social network" about the use of the online photo editing tool called picnik, which is found at Ten minutes later as I walked around the classroom, I noticed a student editing a photo. Yes, he was using picnik. Asking were he found the site he said the learning network. Wow. Bingo. Fireworks. These tools do work.

Once people are aware of the tools, the use comes natural. They are great tools. So start talking the web 2.0 language. Would you say this, "It's time to open moodle. Today's projects is to create a RSS feed. You will use this RSS feed to write your own blog in NING." Confused yet? After this statement, My 7th grade student, got to work, creating, sharing, editing and in general learning. "HOW COOL IS THAT?"

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