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Web 2.0 New Tools, New Schools by: Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum
Book Study
Reader's Response
Chapter 1: New World, New Web, News Skills
Chapter 2: Students and Learning
Chapter 3: New Tools
Wordle: Web 2.0 Chapters 1-3
  • Students setting trends with their use of technology in & out of school
  • If students can't customize technology it doesn't interest them
  • PreK fasted digital learners to go online
  • Technology affects how students live & communicate: when-where-how they learn
  • Digital technology at fingertips of students impacts how they work/think/play
  • Proper Use Imperative-if captivates often students accept what is on a page at face value
  • How often do teachers use technology verses student use?
  • Stand/Lecture No Student Engagement
  • Today's advice always available
  • Project-based learning: paradigm shift in learning-student's gather & analyze own information
  • Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts: contribute to global conversation
  • Audience may choose to modify or not, re-create or collaborate or not
  • Ultimate peer-learning experience
Chapter 4: New Tools in Schools
Chapter 5: Professional Development
Chapter 6: Leadership and New Tools
Wordle: Web 2.0 Chapters 4-6
Concrete examples of ways the new tools are being used or could be used in various subjects and with learners to impact school, the teachers with whom we work and beyond.
To date not a lot of examples in which an entire school system has incorporated technology to promote an environment…funding issues, caution, leadership, time
§Projects for collaborative teams to write, revise, update, and contribute on a regular basis. Teachers can monitor progress
§ Instead of teaching a tool jump in and demonstrate
Digital Diplomacy

Current methods of professional development are inadequate and produce few changes in integration of technology into instruction.
· Learning is a social and cultural activity; it occurs naturally through activities, contexts, and cultures, therefore, teachers need to be a part of a “Community of Practice” that includes three essential dimensions:
· To best accomplish better tech. literacy, teachers should be encouraged to use social networks (Blogs, podcasts, and wikis) for teaching and learning. These promote genuinely collaborative environments.
Leading in the 21st century
School districts must have these 6 qualities in order to have success in the 21st century:

· Individual excellence-Organizational skills-Courage-Results (goal oriented)-Strategic logicOperating skills
Web 2.0 tools can be as effective in schools as they are for businesses. Schools are using wikis and blogs to disseminate information to parents quickly.
Some of the 12 reasons for an administrator to blog:

o Quickly get lots of information out to the parents
o Give info about school improvements, legislations…
o Quick alert of problem or change in schedule
o Makes parents feel involved because they get personal updates
Adminstrators must model technology use if they want their teachers to use it. Measuring the Value of Investment

· Estimate costs-Assess risk-Calculate anticipated savings and revenues-Measure qualitative benefits-valuate results.
Chapter 8: Online Safety Security
Chapter 9: Systemic Issues
Chapter 10: New Schools
Wordle: Web 2.0 Chapters 8-10
Chapter 8: System Issues
§ Assumption: technology is widely accessible to learners
§ Agree: Web 2.0 tools impact comprehension, communication, literacy, cross content skills for LEP/ELL students. Technology may have a positive a positive effect on learning.
§ Argue: With all of the Web 2.0 tools and even basic technology tools just how accessible is the equipment for our learners if indeed accessible.
§ Aspire: Ways to provide purposeful hands-on engaged technology opportunities for all learners-that means up-to-date equipment need to be provided
Chapter 9: New Schools
§ Assumption: Evidence technology may have a positive effect on learning
§ Agree: Web 2.0 tools might expand students learning of English with authentic activities and chances for students to practice English
§ Argue: Lack of adequate technology equipment
§ Aspire: Create a learner centric environment where students can be assessed in their performance in a variety of technology activities.
Chapter 10: Tutorials
§ Assumption: students have equal access to technology tools at rate evolving
§ Agree: provide collaborative projects tailored to student’s learning styles that provide immediate feedback and assessment along the way
§ Argue: More teacher decisions on choices of content & curriculum-online (Bound by federal/state/district/access rights
§ Aspire: learn Web 2.0 world so will know technologies and what do they mean for the future of teaching and learning