This past year, I tried to incorporate many web 2.0 opportunities in my lessons. I have the challenge of my district blocking and/or preventing student work to be published online. I, however, volunteered to pilot several web 2.0 tool activities with my students. Each experience required that I provide feedback on possible concerns or explain how the tool benefited my students' learning. I was thrilled recently when my district's technology director said he was going to propose changes to our district policy - opening up these student publication opportunities. I look forward to changes happening - but am still holding my breath.
One of last year's students dropped by my classroom yesterday. She said she came back to say how much fun she had in my classroom. She said it was not just what she learned, but the ways she was able to do her work that made class so much fun for her. I know she enjoyed using Wordle
, blogs, podcasts (listening and creating), as well as google docs. She is disappointed that her current teachers do not provide these same online opportunities. I reminded her that even last year, not all of her teachers used the Internet in the same way that I did. I encouraged her to select a web 2.0 tool when appropriate and ask her teacher's permission before
using them. She left with a smile and thanked me for taking time to talk with her.
I'm interested in opinions on how web 2.0 tools may diminish student motivation in other classes. Should I be worried about students losing interest in another subject if technology is not used or encouraged in that classroom? Are students learning experiences weakened when I allow them to use web 2.0 tools, and causing them to think deeper in my class? Please share your thoughts on the concept.