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Facilitate… Stop Teaching the Uses of Web 2.0 Tools

Is very easy to get caught up in the jargon and hype of the current technologies. We are very enthusiastic about tech and still are in the learning stages of exploring the educational possibilities of the Web 2.0 tools. Imagine how would you feel when you realised you have unsuspectingly crossed into the realm of those who use the technowordy and from there they exclude others out of the conversation.

It's good to show new tools to other teachers and giving them ideas of how they can use them to enhance their teaching. We can get there, educating people of the range and limitations of the Web 2.0 tools, the safety procedures that can be put into place and being able to show them some working example that others have set up.

Don’t assume that teachers you know are tech savvy (most are, but not all) that they actually know how to use a tool. Set up rules for the pool, and enforce them diligently. Soon enough, teachers themselves will police themselves. Your education should include password use, proper conduct, reporting procedures, participation expectations, definition of inappropriate conduct, consequences, what information is OK and what is not (i.e. names, addresses, personal references, pictures, school info, etc.), how to log in, and so on.

Facilitate… Stop teaching, is noted in The Teacher Teacher's blog. Bob Martin, editor of the cited blog continues, "This may be the hardest part of using Web 2.0 tools. They don’t allow for front of the room teaching. You have to PARTICIPATE with your [teachers]students in the form of commenting, reading and encouraging. Once the project gains momentum, let it go."

Since an administrator’s job is to ask the tough questions about the ROE (Return On Education) and a tech’s job is to protect the networks. One of the most natural ways to teach administrators and techs about Web 2.0 is keeping it simple. Don't just assume administrators and tech people know everything.

Experience in the field of Web 2.0 can be related to blogging. Martin cites Konrad Glogowski, “If you are reading everything your students are writing then they are not writing enough.” We have to stop to “judge every word” on their writings and look more at the intent and effort. Same procedure is to be followed when we intent to facilitate the uses of Web 2.0 tools. Aren't they
participating? Aren't they engaged? Aren't they active?

Back in September of 2008, Liz Davis wrote an interesting post in answer to Angela Maiers call, what it'll be her suggestions for people starting their Web 2.0 journeys.

Are you up-to-date on all Web 2.0 tools that can be used in the classroom? How are you facilitating the handle and uses of such a popular instruments?

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  1. This is how my students used reddit: