Frances Bradburn and the instructional technology staff of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction presented a Web 2.0 brief at the recent North Carolina Association of Education and Communication Technology conference. It succinctly covers The Opportunities Social Networks Provide, Managing Web 2.0 in Schools, Start with Teachers, Examine Your AUP, Reconsider the Traditional “No’s”, Educate Your Parents, and Filter Flexibly While Teaching.
Here are the conclusions:
Four levels of challenges exist for successful use of Web 2.0 tools:
1. Technical: The network must be flexible enough to allow students to use collaborative online tools and yet provide a safety net to block harmful content from reaching students or the network.
2. Teaching and learning: To be effective, Web 2.0 tools must be used to accomplish instructional goals. This provides an opportunity for technology facilitators and media coordinators to support instruction through collaborative planning as well as professional development on Web 2.0 tools and teaching.
3. Students: Use of Web 2.0 tools provides students the opportunity to construct meaning from assignments and share that meaning with others rather than simply submitting a paper or project to the teacher.
4. Parents: Web 2.0 provides opportunities for schools to partner with parents in new ways. Parents should be offered training on how students can be safe online, what to do if they discover inappropriate content, and how Web 2.0 can be used productively.