K-12 as well as post secondary instructors are now setting classrooms ablaze with the use of Web 2.0 technology when it is routinely used in the classroom and included in lesson plans and syllabi. The New 3R’s: Real Time, Right Now, and Relevant teaching and learning is a combination of Differentiated Instruction, the inclusion of Multiple intelligence activities, as well as Blooms Taxonomy all wrapped up into one technological package.
Web 2.0 Tools are allowing users to use social networking in a variety of ways and in a variety of places. It is not going anywhere. It is here to stay.
Educators who teach for the benefit of student learning and not for meager pay check they get every two weeks agrees, that it is time to take a different look at social networking. Web 2.0 tools afford social networking opportunities for obtaining current events digitally because people worldwide report regularly.
It engages the audience, it is a means for learning up to the minute news, and it provides a wealth of new tools for people to interact. Because of the benefits to students it is time to collective rethinking the age of technology for the classroom.
According to the rules for differentiated instruction, a teacher should meet her students where they are. Web 2.0 tools afford teachers to do just that. Meet learners where they then allow teachers to raise expectations then guide students to new, innovative, and unique learning paths. It is the ultimate form of individualized instruction.
What students say....
• When my teacher began using different websites for projects and assignments, we were so excited.
• Class was not boring anymore.
• I liked being able to use bring my laptop to school to do my work.
• There was never one boring moment, not even one.
• Networking sites for personal stuff. We soon learned to use them for class projects and assignments and then all of a sudden we didn’t use them for personal stuff anymore.
• When my teacher lets us use all these funny named websites for our projects, I am always excited and inspired to finish my work.
Teachers can assign students Web 2.0 tools to reflect on what they learned using words, images, video and other tools
“Smart phones provide ample opportunity for educators, which is why the NEA Foundation and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have teamed up to issue a new challenge seeking your ideas on how mobile phone technology can transform teaching and learning. (Edutopia, 2012) “