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What School Administrators Need to Know About Web 2.0 & Social Media

Some things to consider
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Carl Anderson

on 17 June 2010

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Transcript of What School Administrators Need to Know About Web 2.0 & Social Media

What is Web 2.0? Web 2.0 is a term coined by Tim O'Riley
to describe the read/write or two-way
nature of interactive online tools that
emerged in the wake of the dot.com
crash in 2000. Among other things, it includes: Blogs
Wikis
Social Networking
Social Bookmarking
Podcasting
Vodcasting
Microblogging Another term often used to describe these
types of tools is social media. What these tools allow is for everyone
to be a prosumer (producer & consumer)
of content.

It also means that content is no longer scarce. Our model of schooling was designed
to help disseminate information to
the public in an environment where
information was scarce. The problem: For many schools this poses an identity crisis. If schools and teachers are no longer the
primary guardians and disseminators of
information, what is their purpose? What is the purpose of school? How do people learn? http://www.c-spanarchives.org/program/ID/52461&start=6835&end=7123 Web 2.0 tools epitomize the spirit of creation and knowledge construction. Their use supports powerful research-based methods of teaching and learning. Web 2.0 tools are:

1. Virtual Learning Environments
- Supports Alan Kay's statements
2. Constructivist
- Supports Seymour Papert's statements
3. Social
- Supports Chris Dede's statements Web 2.0 & Social Media is
a natural step in the evolution
of human communication: Social Media and Web 2.0 are
quickly becoming socially, economically,
and politically important. If we do not use them in school, or at least
modify what we do in school to acknowledge
their existence, are we living up to our charge to:

1. Prepare students to function in a democracy?
2. Prepare students for the workplace?
3. Prepare students to be world citizens? Isn't this an equity issue? What do you, as school leaders,
do with this information? What in this presentation do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Do you see contending with social media
and web 2.0 as a real problem or have I
just created a strawman argument? What other questions does this raise? Talk amongst yourselves. http://community.tncc.edu/faculty/dollieslager/rcte/ESCCAcademy.html
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