Web 2.0 in Schools: Leadership & Policy Keith R. Krueger, CEO, CoSN
CoSN Mission MISSION Empowering K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning The primary challenge we face in using technology effectively in education is human, not technical. For that reason, CoSN focuses on Leadership and Policy .
Help district level administrators successfully deal with the policy and leadership challenges, as well as the opportunities presented by Web 2.0 and the emergence of “participatory culture”.
Web 2.0 Definition Online application that uses the World Wide Web (www) as a platform and allows for participatory involvement, collaboration, and interactions among users. Web 2.0 is also characterized by the creation and sharing of intellectual and social resources by end users.
Promise 73 % of the nation’s district administrators see the educational significance of Web 2.0 tools in the American classroom. Significant opportunities for improving curricula and teaching materials in social studies, writing, science and reading at all grade levels.
Promise: Students’ Lives District administrators rate the effect of Web 2.0 applications on student’s life and education.
Top three priorities for improving student learning through the use of Web 2.0
Keeping students interested and engaged
Meeting the needs of different kinds of learners
Developing critical thinking skills
Reality: Access 70% school districts ban social networking 72% school districts ban chat rooms Most other Web 2.0 tools are allowed (e.g., blogging, wikis, sound files, visual media, posting messages, virtual worlds, interactive games, polls/surveys, etc.)