by Carla Jacobs, District Office
As teachers in the 21st century, we understand the impact that technology has upon our students and our community. What we may not personally realize is the consequences this has upon us as teachers of this generation and the enormity of responsibility that is placed on us to adequately prepare them for this technological age.
Web 2.0 or Read/Write Web is the idea that the internet is more than a place to check your email, shop or book a trip. For most of the students in your classroom, the internet has gone way beyond the basic informational purpose. It is about sharing and communicating with the larger world and community. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and more require participants to engage, edit, and create rather than simply read. The question then becomes, how do we teach this kind of student? (more on web 2.0 and e-learning 2.0)
Part of the purpose of this webquest is to have beginning teachers experience technology that is part of this web 2.0 revolution. The creation of a wiki has powerful educational implications in the classroom and can be easily differentiated to the different levels and interests of learners. Additionally, teachers gain exposure to strategies and information for differentiation.