Sunday, February 22, 2009

Let's do away with Web 2.0 in education.

So, there's lots of discussion about Web 2.0 and the use of Web 2.0 tools in education. I recently joined the eLearning Guild and was struck by a presentation about Learning 2.0.

I like the term Learning 2.0. It puts the emphasis where it should be for education -- on the learning rather than on the tools. Yes, Web 2.0 tools can be cool. (blogging is in that Web 2.0 tool box) But the general development of Web 2.0 tools has more often than not, been about the social networking and making a buck, than about education and learning. But educators should be looking at Web 2.0 tools for the application and benefits to learning. Hence, Learning 2.0.

It may seem like a small thing, but I think words, and how we use them, can be big things, and Learning 2.0 focuses on how the tools are used, rather than just on the tools.

4 comments:

Bhanwar said...

Agree!

In-fact, you must have heard about the rapid evolution of the context learning 2.0 since the people have started understanding the importance of in-formal learning.

And some of the social learning enabled solutions have been successfully cross used in pre and post course launch; i mean the developers and the learners, both are getting benefited now with such innovative solutions.

Cheers!

Bhanwar

Gloria said...

Hello,

I recently read "Access and Equity in Online Classes and Virtual Schools" and was struck by many of the myths you discussed. I would like to research this topic further. Can you recommend other authors, journals, research, etc. in this area?

Thanks!
Gloria

Ray Rose said...

Gloria:

send me a message at info at rose-smith dot com and I'll send you an article. Don't know of too many more articles on the topic.

Judy said...

This is a nice blog for teachers,i have been using some web 2.0 tools in the classroom like flashcards,videos and photos,which makes the classroom interactive and students also are keen to learn more and i have also noticed that they find e-learning more interesting.