More on Web 2.0
In my summer school class this year my students worked in learning teams, with one learning team for each of AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Each team needed to create a matrix to show how their standard aligned with the ISTE NETS and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning MILE Guide.
Each team’s main responsibility was to create a resource guide that identified a wide range of Web 2.0 tools that can be used to help students learn these 21st century skills. Resources are provided in many different formats, from articles to blog posts to videos. Each learning team was challenged to use the assignment to extend their own use of different Web 2.0 tools so you’ll see lots of different tools in action.
Our program at Georgia Southern is 100% online so the learning teams had to find ways to use technology to work collaboratively. As long as I’ve been a school library educator (which is a pretty long time) I’ve heard the same issue about collaboration with teachers–nobody has time to meet. Today we have some easy-to-use tools right at our fingertips that can make collaboration easy and fun. But as media specialists, we have to do our homework and make sure that we know how to use the tools ourselves. In my July blog post I shared that we were going to experiment with using Twitter to discuss an article collaboratively. It might have been just bad luck that this coincided with the World Cup, which seems to have been a big twitter event, but this didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped. That doesn’t mean I won’t try it again but I know some more work/research is needed on my end.
In his book Better, Atul Gawande talks about how we should never settle for good enough and makes the point that in medicine we could make huge differences in people’s lives using technology we already have on hand. Larry Arvan takes that book and applies the same experience, experiment, reflection, experiment cycle to education. That’s a powerful idea from a book that might change the way you think about lots of things!
We all hope you find this work useful!
Georgia Southern University