Doug Johnson – Policies 2.0

Wow . . . Doug Johnson‘s EdTechConnect webinar wrapped up about a half-hour ago. 

I have to say, as one who has been researching the educational applications of Web 2.0 extensively, Doug was awesome!  As is always the case with the EdTechConnect webinar series, I learned not only from Doug, but, also, from my fellow attendees.  My favorite contribution from the chat was – TeacherTube, a moderated educational version of YouTube.

In case you missed the webinar, you can visit Doug’s blog to access the list of links that accompanied his presentation.

Doug discussed the implications of the participatory nature of the semantic web and how politicians, parents, teachers, and educational systems are processing the immense potential of this engaging environment.  He referenced several excellent research studies that are also included on his list of links.

He quoted a provocative posting from Vicki DavisCool Cat Teacher Blog that I found particularly relevant to the ongoing debate over the efficacy of social networking in American classrooms:

This is proof that it is not the tools that are inherently good or evil but rather the use of the tools.

  • A hammer can kill someone but it can also build a house.
  • A nail can be driven through a hand but it can also hold the roof over your head.
  • A fist can hit but a fist can also be clasped in your hand in love.

We do not outlaw hammers, nails, or fists — we teach people to use them properly.

So should we do with blogs, wikis, podcasts, skype, and any other tool that becomes available for use in the human experience!

I have a Diigo group, Engaging Digital Natives, devoted to Web 2.0 applications, many of which are not currently accessible in most school districts due to restrictive security policies.  On the one hand, it is very frustrating that educational systems seem to be lagging so far behind industry.  On the other hand, it is incumbent upon all educators to create as safe an environment as possible for our students.  Striking that delicate balance between information freedom and our in loco parentis responsibilities is a perpetual challenge.

If you want to learn more about Web 2.0 applications, visit Steve Dembo’s DEN Digital Passports blog.

I think it would be great to get a discussion going here to collaborate on our successes with some of the most engaging technologies available online. 

What Web 2.0 applications have you been using with your students?   Please comment and share your experiences – the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs.

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  1. Jodie said:

    Thanks for sharing TeacherTube on the DENPennsylvania site. As a fellow educator, I too experience the challenge of how to safely integrate web 2.0 apps. With that in mind, we are working to make TeacherTube a safe site truly focused on teaching and learning. We welcome your and other users’ input to create a site that has that balance of info freedom and responsibility.

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