Although I feel I have somewhat of a handle on wikis and blogs, I do feel that I’ve somehow fallen behind in the rest of this Web 2.0 business. I am as enthusiastic as it comes in regards to cool gadgets and great Internet resources that make your life--maybe not easier--but at least more interesting. But somehow, I haven't kept up with the explosion of Web 2.0 resources that can potentially help make our personal, academic, and professional lives more connected, organized, informed, and maybe even more fun. Even the terminology has gotten away from me. Do you tweet with your colleagues and students to share your favorite mashups? I do have a Twitter account, but actually doing something with it...well, no.
That's not to say that others aren't--or that educators are not increasingly finding new tools to connect with their digital native students. Classroom 2.0's Introduction to Web 2.0 gives a glimpse as to why:
Early adopters of blogs, wikis, and podcasting have talked about the value of these tools in education for a few years, but now there is a growing swell of regular educators beginning to discover their power. As Web 2.0 tools in education gain wider adoption, they look less and less like a passing fad. Why are they becoming popular? Perhaps because the inherent ways in which these programs encourage collaboration and engagement resonates so highly with the pedagogical aspirations of teachers who are trying to meaningfully involve every student in something that is personally engaging...
So over the next few weeks, I'd like to try and jump back in the pool and see what's currently going on with Web 2.0 and education, what people are doing in their classrooms, what's working--and try things out myself. About as fast as the pace of the video below (it’s still my all-time favorite), the Internet is changing. I'll try to see if I can catch up--at least to where we were yesterday...
As I map out a self-guided tour of the Web 2.0 world for myself and whoever else wants to join, I hope some of these side trips will be interesting for you to try out, too. Where/what are you interested in exploring? Maybe we can take a few of these trips together and compare our experiences.
In the next article, I'll look at ways we can "keep up with the Jones"--or at least keep up with their blogs.
If you have not read the previous article/blogs that introduce Web 2.0, you may want to start at the beginning of this series.