Using dictionary.com one can define web 2.0 as “the internet viewed as a medium in which interactive experience, in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, etc, plays a more important role than simply accessing information.” Basically Web 2.0 is a way for the students and teacher to interact via web to teach a lesson and learn material. In my opinion, this will be the future of education if it isn’t so already.
http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/About is a pretty neat site. This site is about the Flat Classroom Project. In the project classrooms around the world at all levels of education would be joined together. Imagine a classroom with kids from Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand learning about US History together. All the different point of views would be amazing to hear. Also kids would understand different cultures and different beliefs at an early age-so stereotypes and racism would decrease. I can see this in the future being a daily occurrence and I can see my kids and grandkids doing it.
On http://prezi.com/ejxl66y_lumt/cool-fun-web-20-stuff/. It talks about how to engage your classroom using web 2.0. It shows many different sites such as Go animate, kerpoof, and xtranormal. The website also shows the advantages of using web 2.0 in your class. As teachers, like it or not, we have to understand the learning techniques of our audience. The next generation of children will be different then us on how we learn. My mom saw a news story (sorry I couldn’t find the link L) showing a 2 year old using an iPad. She said it was neat to watch how a young toddler could “flip” through the pages in a children’s book to read on the device. When the child was handed a “real” book, she kept pressing it to “flip” the book (like an iPad) instead of really flipping the pages. I thought it was interesting because it is showing how the next generation will be relaying on technology to learn, and we have to be ready to educate them through it.
The last source was on http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/fall-virtcon-2010/. This is again showed the advantages of web 2.0 activities on your classroom. It discusses students using Ipads (which I believe will replace computers), digital media, webcams, videos, digital storytelling, wikis, blogs, flip cameras (Yea Dr. Hicks!), cell phones, and netbooks to learn. As I stated above, the possibly is endless when using tech in your classroom. I am a big believer in the phase “adapt or die”. Harsh, I know, but it’s the truth. For our generation of future teachers, we have to accept the fact the technology will play a big part in our classroom. And even though we didn’t learn like that, we have to teach like that. The better that we understand it and use it the better teachers we will be. This website had articles as well that went into each sub section of tech.
I found this information by goggling- web 2.0 in education and clicked on http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/web2edu/. The site has hundreds of ideas, strategies, and sites to incorporate Web 2.0 in your class room. Take a peak!