Ruminate- Web 2.0 Tools for Education

Chris Lott is blogging about his approach to running a pre conference� session on Web 2.0 tools. He’s distilled his points down to a really good list I think. He’s put his materials online too, which is becoming the norm now. I get quiet grumpy when people don’t these days! His last point is very strong and put a bit more directly than you usually see but I really couldn’t agree more.

Ruminate Blog Archive Web 2.0 Tools for Education
If only one point sticks, I hope it was/is the last one.

1. Learning emerges from community, which is based on conversation.
2. Online community demands from its participants skills that come from the triad of information fluency: content, critical thinking, and participation/presentation.
3. Blogs are the place to start because they are the most portable, can fill-in for more specialized apps in a pinch, and help put in place valuable general practices� but you can�t approach them half-heartedly. You have to get all connected to all, make use of syndication and aggregation of content and comments, and push practice.
4. Teach your students how to contribute� passivity leads to failure because there will be no positive network effects.
5. Wikis work in particular ways that most educators don’t understand because they mistake presentation-based activities for collaborative ones, and they’ve learned how wikis work by outliers like Wikipedia.
6. Synchronous chat and backchannel activities can, as counterintuitive as it seems, lead to higher comprehension and enhanced participation.
7. Twitter is not just a useful tool for participating in a fun conversation of peers, but a direct test of whether one has really made the transition to information like water.
8. Student resistance to technology is mostly a mask that obscures the real reason for resistance: students aren’t used to being challenged. Participating and being a social learner is a rich experience that demands activity something a lot of students are unused to.
9. If you don’t walk the walk and use these tools yourself to create and participate in your own personal learning network, then don’t bother trying to use them in your classroom.

Interestingly enough, Chris is someone else I discovered via Twitter. Good stuff 🙂

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