Tech Forum SouthWest Panel Discussion

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These are the questions that will posed to the panelists at TechForum Southwest in Austin Texas on November 6, 2009. Title of the Panel is: Beyond the Hype: Focusing on What Really Matters.

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Tech Forum SouthWest Panel Discussion

  1. 1. Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype: Focusing on What Really Matters Clarence Fisher Miguel Guhlin Ryan Bretag David Jakes TechForum Southwest
  2. 2. Are there new literacies that connective technologies create?  ..or do these tools afford the attainment of a literacy in a different way?  
  3. 3. Discuss this comment via a David Warlick tweet:  Paul Houston:  "People want schools to be better, but not different."  Do you believe this to be true?  How exactly does Web 2.0 make schools better?    
  4. 4. Rapid Fire: Name one Web 2.0 resource no one in this room has seen.    
  5. 5. Identify the two most significant barriers to using connective technologies in schools, and suggest a strategy/strategies for overcoming them.  
  6. 6. Rapid Fire: What is the best approaches for schools: walled or open gardens?    
  7. 7. Rapid Fire: TV sports anchors may have never played the sports they talk about.  Should teachers use the tools     themselves before bringing it into the classroom?    
  8. 8. What excites you the most about connective technologies?  
  9. 9. Rapid Fire: How should we approach the concept of "free" technology?  Free or open-source tools?    
  10. 10. In your opinion, what is the best strategy for systemically applying connective technologies to the learning landscape?  For an organization to be ready to take advantage of connective technologies, what characteristics must it exhibit?  What must an organization do to sustain their application of these technologies?  
  11. 11. Rapid Fire: How do you use Web 2.0 tools with younger children?    
  12. 12. Many educators focus on Web 2.0 tools.  Interpret this quote from Marshall McLuhan "We shape our tools, and afterwards our tools shape us."  
  13. 13. Rapid Fire: What are some examples of great teaching and learning using web 2.0 tools?    

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