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Web 2.0 Technology Made Students Smarter?

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Chelsea Schjodt

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"Hello, world. I am better now!" Carter said.
Has Web 2.0 technology made this generation of students smarter than past generations?
Chelsea Schjodt
Period 1

Web 2.0 technologies have positively affected education because they have taught students first amendment rights, communication and collaboration,
and social media safety.
First amendment rights
First amendment rights
First amendment rights
Communication and collaboration
Communication and collaboration
Communication and collaboration
Social media safety
Social media safety
Social media safety
"Today, college students are majoring in fields that didn't exist 10 years ago. If Facebook were a country, it would be the 3rd largest in the world. There are over 5 billion Internet devices worldwide as of 2011. There are 17 billion webpages in the Google Index as of March 2011. 95% of American teenagers use the Internet on a daily basis."
- Scott Mcleod via Did You Know?
First Amendment, the lead item of the Bill of Rights, etched into our national history in 1791:
This year’s First Amendment survey also shows
students’ use of digital media for news and information is growing
Since 2006, it has doubled
75% of the students in the survey said they get news from social media several times a week.
As researcher Ken Dautrich puts it: “There is a clear, positive relationship between student usage of social media to get news and information and greater support for free expression rights.”
Arab Spring Uprising fueled by social media

"Our evidence suggests that social media carried a cascade of messages about freedom and democracy across North Africa and the Middle East, and helped raise expectations for the success of political uprising,” says Philip Howard, an associate professor in communication at the University of Washington.
And videos featuring protest and political commentary went viral, with the top 23 receiving nearly five and a half million views.
He and his teachers use Facebook to communicate with students and parents
Students use Facebook to plan events
Teachers require students to use cellphones; Sheninger calls them "mobile learning devices."
Replaced the school's "static, boring" website with what has become a heavily used Facebook page
Teachers encourage students to research, write, edit, perform and publish their work online.
Sheninger is one of a growing number of educators who don't just tolerate social networking in school--he encourages it, often for educational purposes. He says sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube--long banned and roundly derided by many peers--actually push kids to do better work and pay attention to important issues such as audience, quality research and copyright laws.
He and others say working online also pushes education beyond the confines of school, allowing kids to broaden discussion of their work. And it forces them to do "authentic" work that gets tested out in the real world, as outside viewers see it and respond to it.
Eric Sheninger, Principal of New Milford (N.J.) High School
his handle: @NMHS_Principal

Learning Objective: Students should demonstrate the ability to identify and type geological samples in the field acurately.

Tools: Camera Cell Phones/ digital cameras, Laptop (Wireless optional), Flikr, Twitter, Wiki software or Blogger.

Plan: Send a group of students out with either camera phones or digital cams to a specified location. Have them gather the images of local samples. Using Twitter send (via cell or from a laptop later if you used the cameras) the images to Flikr with tags. A searchable image database has been created. Now you can create a wiki with more detail and links to the images. You can also blog about the event and talk about what you learned!

Real World: Geologists really do this! It is easier to beam an image back to the office and have someone identify something than it is to dig it out and carry it home. If it is not worth having then you do not want to waste your time.
Subject: Geology
21st Century Products

digital music compositions
webcasts from live sites
online journals
online courses
video podcasts
video conferences
21st Century Tools & Resources

electronic field trips
web design tools
video conferencing
web 2.0 sites
flip cameras
digital cameras
"The new literacies are here to stay, and it is the responsibility of all teachers to orchestrate learning opportunities in which students can collaborate and communicate within a technology-rich environment."
--Lotta Larson
When movies first appeared, he notes, there were efforts to prevent children from going into theaters because of fears that they'd be harmed by both the content and the lack of fresh air.
"The goal should be to educate our students on what it means to participate in the world in which they live rather than simply banning certain sites."

"While social networking is the current focus, we don't know what's the next tool. Do we want policy constantly chasing to catch up with the new tool? The focus of policy should be behavior, not the technology."

"I don't want to make light of the issues that have come up, because they're real issues, but we need to make these moments teachable moments. These are lessons our students are going to have to learn, and if not [from] us, then who?"
William Stites, technology director at Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey and blogger in chief at edSocialMedia
Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project
"We measure intelligence in a certain way now, and maybe the whole nature of intelligence will be changing 10 years from now," he said. "It won’t necessarily be how much you can retain, how much your hard drive can hold in your head, but it’ll be the way you can assess information, that you can think critically, that you can synthesize information."
Web 2.0 technologies have positively affected education because they have taught students first amendment rights, communication and collaboration,
and social media safety.
Units and lessons on internet safety
redesigning curriculums
Ex. digital citizenship--the ease of online disclosure places teens’ reputations at risk.
Something that happens in the spur of the moment – a funny picture, a
certain post – can resurface years later as part of a teen’s digital footprint.
Think about how different sites work before deciding to join a site.

Think about keeping some control over the information you post.

Keep your information to yourself. Don’t post your full name.

Make sure your screen name doesn’t say too much about you.

Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing.

Remember that once you post information online, you can’t take it back.

Be wary if a new online friend wants to meet you in person.

Trust your gut if you have suspicions.
FTC's tips for socializing online
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