414 Web 2.0 in schools leadership and policiesPresentation Transcript
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.
Promise: Teaching & Learning
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.)
Internet safety . Educators struggling to balance keeping students safe while realizing the potential of Web 2.0
Over 53% agreed that Web 2.0 has caused district policy makers to become nervous about allowing student access.
Only 3% school districts have formal policies adopted specifically to address Web 2.0
Reality: Not experienced users Percentage of Superintendents indicating the highest level of use he/she makes of specific Web 2.0 applications n=777 Superintendents
The use of these tools in American classrooms remains the province of individual pioneering classrooms .
56% reported that Web 2.0 applications have not yet been integrated within the curriculum.
Reality: Practice Web 2.0 is outpacing the capacity of K-12 education to innovate.
Reality: Barriers to Use
School district are more focused on the challenges of Web 2.0 than on restructuring to leverage Web 2.0 for learning.
Many district administrators said that educators in their districts were not sufficiently familiar with Web 2.0 to understand it fully, much less ready to redesign schooling.
District administrators see the educational significance of Web 2.0 of
They see the promise of Web 2.0 to energize learning and equip students with the skills they will need in life.
Yet, the reality is that schools are struggling with the how to make effective use of Web 2.0 as a vital element of the learning environment.
Other US Perspectives
Craig Wacker, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Fred Morton, Director, Maggie Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies
Sheryl Abshire, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, LA
In times of change, learners inherit the Earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists .