Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tagging the usefulness of Web2.0 to teaching


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Originally uploaded by Steven Parker.












I’m interested to know why should teachers invest a large chunk of time in getting to grips with Web2.0 technologies, which include new concepts such as networking and blogging?

I invite anyone reading this blog to comment from your perspective or point me to your posts.

For many teachers new to learning how to utilize these new technologies; the meaning of Web2.0 and it’s application to teaching needs to be understood first. ‘Why should I learn this? How will it be useful for me as a teacher?’

I want to use delicious tags (verbs) mixed and matched to communicate the usefulness of a tool and attributes in a teaching and learning context.

To start with I have chosen verbs to associate with the application of Web2.0 technologies as part of a networked learning pedagogy :
  • Sharing information/ sharing aspects of self
  • Discovering information/ discovering people
  • Engaging with information/engaging with people and what they have to say
  • Participating in tasks/ participation with group or individual in conversation
  • Reflecting on learning/learning from others
  • Inspiring.
As I collect new Web2.0 tools, sites and teaching and learning case studies in delicious as part of the ‘teacherconnect’ project I will associate the verbs as tags .

Tags:
teacherconnectShare
teacherconnectDiscover
teacherconnectEngage
teacherconnectParticipate
teacherconnectReflect
teacherconnectInspire

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delicious- also includes tags teacherconnectInfo, teacherconnectTools, teacherconnectBlogs, Jo has them RSS feeding into teacherconnect.wikispaces :-)

The tagging data is searchable and I can then use this in training as another tool to communicate the meaning of Web2.0 and it’s application in a teaching and learning context.

What I want is teachers be able to search on what I want they want do to teach, be presented with the tools, information to do the job (with a peer rating system on how effective they are) with links to their colleagues friends and peers profiles to tell them what to do if they have problem.

2 comments:

Leigh Blackall said...

push this post into the TALO eGroup Steven

alexanderhayes said...

Hi Steven.

I like this blog post because it spells out what teachers might be questioning themselves with respect to Web 2.0 technologys.

I'm going to cast a small post today at www.alexanderhayes.com on this topic and try and tease out the main points that challenge my learners at this present point in time.

You have a great blog and a nice way of getting your point across. I particularly like ( being an artistic soul) the images that you include with your blog post.

Regards,

Alex Hayes