Post #2: From Thing 2: Thoughts About Web 2.0

I am thrilled about Web 2.0 platforms and their myriad possibilities for my teaching and for my students. I actually think that Web 2.0 will transform our classrooms as more and more of us become comfortable with using these platforms  to  interact with colleagues and students – everyone. I especially like the term the “read/write web” as opposed to web 2.0 and the expansiveness that comes with “contributing, creating, and collaborating, rather than just consuming” – as herein lies a great potential to connect people in the first three C’s rather than isolate and minimize them in the last C: “consume” –

I do think that Web 2.o has already changed some of my teaching practice as I take advantage of message posts, podcasts, wikis, and blogs, to expand learning, communication, and synthesis among and with students.

And while my students can be classified as “digital natives” many are not as savvy with 2.0 technologies as adults assume.  From time to time, I ask my students to use to post essays and research papers,  and some cannot get past the directions to actually “turn -it-in” . Still, I look forward to using podcasts in my classroom and students using voice stream to review a good book or respond to a poem or piece of literature.

Thing #1: Lifelong Learners

Chinese Porcelain: Shanghai Museum: March, 2009

Chinese Porcelain: Shanghai Museum: March, 2009

I have always felt myself to be a lifelong learner; in truth, I would say that I have a hunger for learning. My mother would agree and recently saw a bumper sticker that she said must have been designed for me; it reads – “Always bite off more than you can chew – and then, chew!”  However, I am completely normal, and with that in mind, the habit that may prove most challenging for me is to use technology to my own advantage! I seem to use technology constantly but not to the best advantage of my students and classroom. At times I feel overwhelmed and unsupported and that I have so much to learn and so little instructional support.  The habit that is the easiest for me is to accept responsibility for my own learning. If I am not learning, well then, I am probably sleeping, and if I don’t know something or about something  — well, let’s just say that I will find out!

The habit that will be most important for me as I work through this course is to maintain confidence in myself as a competent and effective learner. Just now, I had a “minor freak out” as I decided to upload an image of myself and then lost my entire blog. How I got it back, I cannot tell you, but I did. But…I didn’t think that I could.  Still, by the time that I do Thing 2, I am determined to have uploaded that photo!  Signing off with my first blog entry, Susanne Greenwood

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