October 23 2008

So what is the role of web 2.0 in the future of education?

This week there has been a flurry of discussion on Britannica blog about the role of web 2.0 tools in the future of education.

Extremely relevant to the thoughts being articulated by our panel at Education Unbound, here are some posts that are well worth reading:

Steve Hargadon: Moving Toward Web 2.0 in K-12 Education

Steve argues that using web 2.0 tools in the classroom encourages engagement, participation, collaboration, creativity, discussion, personal expression, critical thinking and proactivity. Steve identifies 5 serious hurdles to the adoption of web 2.0 tools in the classroom but remains positive that technology will transform formal education for the better.

Dan Willingham: Why Web 2.0 Will Not be an Integral Part of K-12 Education

In response, Dan cites project based learning as the real root cause of benefits often attributed to web 2.0 tools and argues that whilst project based learning should be encouraged, teachers should continue to select appropriate pedagogical practices based on their own strengths and the material they teach.

Fascinating stuff…

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