Does web 2.0 change teaching and learning? If so, how? (If not, why not?)

Yes it does.  Previously when you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library or ask someone and hope they know the answer.  Now, all the information in the world is just a google search away.  The need for students to memorize facts are gone.  The teacher and textbook are no longer the only source for information.  Information is freely exchanged on the internet, there are free schools online such as Khan Academy and iTunes U. However, even though all this information is available, students will just go to wikipedia and blindly copy down whatever they see.  Sorting through all the content available on the web is a daunting task and students now just dont know how to do it.  Just as in the past when the teacher would teach students how to use the library and find the correct books, we also need to teach students how to properly use the internet and find the correct websites.  It may be just a matter of time before we get a “google” for education that will be the standard for learning.

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5 thoughts on “Does web 2.0 change teaching and learning? If so, how? (If not, why not?)

  1. Do teachers talk about the need to work with students on the proper use of the internet? I’m facintated about this as it is so logical yet Im not sure it is discussed at each grade level…it would be great to have a standard/ shared understanding for teachers when it comes to best practice for the internet!

  2. I’m with you on sorting through the bull on the web to find that one diamond in the rough. Khan Academy is definitely one of those diamonds. I have used Khan Academy to “flip” my classroom and also as a resource for students to review for assessments or for students to catch up if they have been absent for a class. Did you have any other diamonds that might be useful to a mathematics teacher?

  3. “It may be just a matter of time before we get a “google” for education that will be the standard for learning.” This would be fantastic because I think it could help find materials that are more grade appropriate when necessary. If you are looking for a place to store all of these ‘diamonds’, Netvibes is good. I have a lot of my sites posted on a sqworl page. I find that layout and organization of these pages are helpful for my elementary students to select appropriate sites. Here are my links:

    Reading Links: http://sqworl.com/bhntmh

    Writing Links: http://sqworl.com/ziec06

    Keyboarding Links: http://sqworl.com/k18gox

    Math Links: http://sqworl.com/6f44tt

    Spelling Links http://sqworl.com/2b2bba

    Brain Games (memory, auditory skills, processing, attention, etc.) http://sqworl.com/vlkpjg

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