As I have mentioned in previous posts, my father has been in education for 35 years (and about to retire!). When I talk to him about using technology in the classroom, he usually doesn't want to be bothered more than PowerPoint presentations. I always talk to him about the new widgets and things that are out...but I never make any ground. Finally, last night I got him to see use out of Online Photo Sharing. Now, at first I wanted him to use it to send his students on a field trip through outter space! This didn't fly with Mr. Traditional. We're talking about a man that never changes his bulletin boards! He has three and he rotates them every year for the last 35 years. BORING. I started teasing him about this...and an idea came to mind! Dad doesn't change his bulletin boards because he doesn't like to think of ideas and then go all over trying to find the right photos and material.
Well, in the last 35 years, things have changed! Now he can go online to find ideas about science bulletin boards and also use Photo Sharing to print out pictures for his board. One site that gives bulletin board ideas is The Teachers Corner. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks!? This is a great way to get my dad used to Online Photo Sharing so he gets over the initial fear of the new technology. Of course, I warned my dad about copyright laws, and explained what creative commons were.
Now he's on his way to using Web 2.0 tools in his classroom...but shhh don't tell him that. He just thinks he's printing pictures :-)
What are some other ways to use Web 2.0 technologies to get teachers started down the road for those people who are a little afraid of new technologies?