Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ten Ways to Use Web 2.0 to Change the World

For our last "official" class post I decided to wrap it up with ten great ways to use web 2.0 to change the world. This article is similar to the Web 2.0 article I blogged about last week. However, I found this one to be more specific on ways to integrate technology. I also used this website to give me more ideas on training colleagues in using the tools that are available. I included several of these ideas into my mashup paper as ideas to spread the wealth of technology around to other teachers, schools, states, etc.
I like how the article pointed out that "there are a lot of things that you can do to refine what you are already doing, using Web 2.0 tools to push you closer to achieving your mission.The list provides ten ways you can use Web 2.0 to further your goals. I think of it as a progression" (Webb, 2008.)
The article is basically a summary of all the tools we used in our class EDU 595. It puts out easy ways to obtain information from others who share the same interests as you do.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Growing 21st Century Teachers for 21st Century Classrooms

This article talks about ways administrators effectively promote the knowledge and skills for 21st Century teaching and learning. One interesting thing they mentioned was very similar to our conversation on Monday night; how most teachers have very limited time to be going off of the standards to promote the Web 2.0 technology. One educational leader decided to "reorganize their schedule to create an extra planning period in every school day. And after some experimentation, the faculty agreed to use the collaborative time for grade-level and subject area planning tied to the district’s new curriculum maps. Technology integration is a planning priority, supported by the expertise of a district specialist and the middle school’s most 21st Century-minded teachers." I thought allowing that time for professional development to be implemented within the school day is a great way to promote 21st Century tools. The article ended with great ideas for high technology expectations but with a lot of support from their educational leaders and administrators.