Web 2.0 - share the adventure with students

Cross posted from the Generation YES Blog It’s a daunting task to figure out all the options with Web 2.0
tools and choose the “best” one to introduce to students. But this pain can be turned into a gain - by including students in the adventure.

Students can:

  • Research solutions and present options with pros and cons
  • Test hardware - even young students can scrounge up old microphones, tape recorders and cables and test them
  • Try out applications and report on results
  • Maintain lists of add-ons, plug-ins and new options for old tools
  • Debate how these tools can be used within the boundaries of school or district policy and technology use plans
  • Figure out how to use available technology in new ways
Why is this important?

Authentic problems inspire creative thinking and empower students to exceed expectations and think outside the box. These are true 21st century skills.

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Comment by Steve Hargadon on April 3, 2007 at 9:56pm
I loved this post, and the whole concept of involving the students in much of the heavy lifting. I've seen this done really well with Open Source software, especially by Jeff Elkner at Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA (http://www.elkner.net/).

I can image some really good contributions to a wiki (how about Classroom20.net?) from students. I've also wondered how we could get some students signed up here to participate in the discussion.

BTW, I'm also a proponent of students caring for the physical facilities of a school as well! :)

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