Web 2.0 and School Administrators – finally agreeing?

Posted in Education,Technology by millerlibrarian on March 24, 2009

There is so much talk about the “Net Generation” – about how kids today are so much more technologically savvy.  I have mixed feelings about this.  Do they use the tech tools and gadgets – yes;  they have and use cell phones, mp3s, ipods, etc., but more for pleasure/social purposes.  Maybe the medium is the message – they are adept in moving from one gadget to another, one network to another. Now transfer this to Web 2.0.  tools and the recession, which had school administrators and chief technology officers at the Consortium for School Networking’s annual conference acknowledging the changing times–and what they must do not only to keep up, but to help give students the 21st-century education they deserve.

Author of Grown Up Digital and keynote speaker, Don Tapscott says that “today’s educators need to catch up with the tools students are familiar with, without disregarding all of the teaching principles that make for a good education.”  He adds,If you’re a young person today, you don’t just watch television, you authenticate the information you’re receiving.”  Think of the implications that this has for sharing and teaching – let’s focus closely on the information that they receive, along with the technology used to receive it!


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