D6.2.3 italian article_spring school what was it like in crete_erasmo
What was it like in Crete…Nice place, nice cuisine, and very nice company, that’s how I would sum up ourexperience in Crete.I say “our” because, thanks to the Politics project, two teachers from the “Erasmo daRotterdam” could join the Workshop on Collaborative Learning which took place inChania from the 10th to the 16th of April. So, together with Dino Galante, on the 9thof April I caught a flight to Crete.Now, what was it about?At the end of the very first day of the workshop I felt dazed and floating into a soapbubble for the amount of information I received and the strange feeling that allthose notions were too abstract for me.That was probably why in the Italian school system we are not used to applytechnological tools and internet to didactics.The purpose of the workshop was, in fact, that of introducing and spreading the useof Web 2.0 tools in learning processes. If you dont know what a web 2.0 tool is, thisopportunity will not attract your attention that much, but, once you get in touch withthem, you suddenly realize that they entail such an incredible transformation in ourway of exchanging information that you just cant believe it.Anyway, before going on to explain what we did, it is important to clarify what is aWeb 2.0; below I quote the definition given by wikipedia: “The term Web 2.0 is associated with web applications that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user- centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators (prosumers) of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users (consumers) are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0)Examples of web 2.0 tool are wikipedia, facebook, twitter, flickr or slideshare, so, inplain words, a platform which allows you to share information and knowledge and towork in a collaborative virtual environment, without having to pay for anything, noteven copyrights. These tools, in fact, enable us to carry out projects with peoplefrom other countries, to communicate in real time with everybody from all over theworld and share information, all FOR FREE (this is amazing if we take intoconsideration the steady lack of funds for cultural activities).
Anyway, going back to Chania, what we did was "playing” with these tools for a week:each day an expert lectured us about a new tool, afterwards we had time to try themand ask for further explanations. Furthermore, in order to exploit them, we createdand developed simple projects, scenarios and digital stories so that throughout themwe had the chance to explore all the resources of the Web 2.0. Everything wascarried out together, in couples or small groups, as to reproduce the virtualenvironment in which every user is allowed to give his/her personal contribution to aproject.It follows that the leitmotiv of the entire workshop was that of "sharing": our pointof view, our ideas, our work in order to create something useful, bigger and free foreverybody to use. Such a “free” approach to this amount of information available onthe web turns out to be a kind of revolution for our world based on the concept ofcopyright and we should exploit it as much as we can.Finally, I could say that, first, Chania offered us a great opportunity to get in touchwith new tools and, secondly, gave us the time and the chance to get to know them,which is something almost impossible to be done in our normal daily routine.