My interest is in the communication possibilities of the "Web 2.0" tools. I am fascinated by the possibilities of networking and global ties.
Unfortunately, I live and work in a 1.0 world where the static page is king and students are passive miners of information. The fear in the school system is that any kind of dynamic, interactive contact will..... Well, I don't know what the fear is. I DO know, however, that the mere mention of contact - email, chat, blog, wiki - strikes fear into the hearts of administrators.
The irony, of course, is that the current 'tune' to which we (in the Instructional Technology realm) dance is "21st Century Skills", "21st Century Learning", "21st Century Workplace". What are these 21st Century Skills if not collaborative, interactive, and communicative?
My goal is to research the tools, play with the toys, and look for the ways in which Web 2.0 tools can enhance teaching and learning, and thus convince policy makers that not every contact is a stalker or predator and not every blog is written to incite violence and bullying.