Web 2.0 for the K-12 Classroom


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This workshop was given at the 11th Annual MegaResource Conference for K-12 Librarians at Mississippi State University on February 11, 2011.

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Web 2.0 for the K-12 Classroom

  1. 1. Web 2.0 for the K-12 Librarian<br />
  2. 2. Web 2.0 = Change<br />Everything has changed<br />Nothing has changed<br />
  3. 3. Web 2.0 Defined<br />Web 1.0 was a print newspaper with no subscribers<br />Web 2.0 brings Subscribers<br />Commenters<br />Content creators <br />Fans<br />Community<br />
  4. 4. Web 2.0 = Living Online<br />The Social Web<br />No More Middlemen<br />Create It Yourself<br />
  5. 5. What Does It Mean To You?<br />What does this mean for you as school librarians? <br />What does it mean to educators? <br />What does it mean for the classroom? <br />
  6. 6. Let’s Start With You<br />How many of you are on a social network? A study of 40k educators including 10k teacher librarians indicates that if you are on a social network, you will be more positive about the use of these new technologies in the classroom. It also indicates that the concerns you have about these new technologies are directly related to the skills I propose our students must learn: managing personal and public worlds online and managing information overload. Again and again these two issues come up in this survey of principals, classroom teachers and librarians. And not just there—these issues come up everywhere—for our students these are essential skills to master—or even just address.<br />
  7. 7. But how do we help them do this if we are still struggling ourselves? I think the answer lies in this other fact—that if we are part of social networks, we are more likely to see the possibilities in the classroom? <br />
  8. 8. But what if you don’t have time or energy or interest in joining facebook or starting a blog? What if you don’t even have access to most social networks from work? How do you integrate these new skills in your life as an educator? How can you possibly meet these needs and learn to negotiate these worlds so you can pass on these essential new skills to your students, teachers and parents?<br />
  9. 9. There may be no answer—it may be a bottomless pit of despair…but I propose to those of you sitting here—who clearly have an interest in this topic and in professional development—that the answer lies in the other part of the study [put up the graph of librarian interest, and greater involvement in social networks]. Those that are part of a social network are more likely to see the benefit of one. That educators value professional connections. That you want training and mentoring in new skills. That you want to learn from your colleagues.<br />
  10. 10. To me, this all points to one place—social networks designed for educators. I have a group of them here I’d like to show you, and I’m going to strongly suggest you investigate them after this workshop. I’m not going to tell you to adopt one new technology or another. I’m going to tell you to adopt a community of learning about them. Every single one of these may not be perfect for you. I suggest you try them and look for people like yourself. These are professional networks, not personal networks. This is not a place to share your moment by moment life or the lives of your pets or children. This is, however, a way to participate in social networks and learn what the benefits of them are for you as a professional. To learn what other people like you are finding works. To hear how others are surmounting obstacles like reluctant systems administrators or misperceptions within communities. To find which tools are best for teaching which skills. With this, I believe you can gain the skills to address the competencies you yourself lack so that you can address the competencies that your students need desperately. You need to join a culture of learning…a community that will distill down what you need to know so that you don’t have to wander all over the internet looking for a needle in a haystack. <br />
  11. 11. So, what are the competencies our students need to know? I think they can be found in most part in the 21st Century Learner<br />
  12. 12. But what you need to know to address those skills is the reason you need community. And you need a larger community. And you can become comfortable with the mechanisms of social networks and learn all of this at the same time. <br />