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Steven Hayes

Read/Write Web Learning

  • What do you see as the greatest benefits of the new Web 2.0 technologies? How have you used technology to transform your teaching?
  • Most students enjoy using computers. Computers are such an integral part of our lives, and so I think students recognize the value in learning about them. Web 2.0 creates many options for students to demonstrate their skills, improve them, and build upon their interests. Allowing students to have their own "blogs" or "wiki" pages will develop a sense of ownership. Collaboration with others and the speed with which editing can be done is another benefit of Web 2.0. I use technology every day with my students downloading pictures or reading reference material about all aspects of life. Every time a question comes up I cannot answer we go to the internet to help us find the answer. At times students have done some research to help them write reports.

  • On the flip side, what do see as the greatest pitfalls of the new media? What might educators do to mitigate some of these problems?
  • Personally I will need a lot of work to keep up with this new media or I won't be able to assist students. I'm not sure I have the time I need to do this well. Administrators and/or parents might make it difficult. I would need to feel comfortable enough to demonstrate to administration/parents (if necessary) the benefits and safety of the new media. Time is a huge factor in our learning. We have so much to do already and then to try to add the technology piece without the proper PD. Our building only has a tech person one day a week.(Kim)

  • What do you think educators most need to know to navigate the new digital landscape? What technological skills are necessary? How can teachers build the skills and knowledge they need?
  • Workshops. Practice Practice Practice. Collaboration.
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