Monthly Archives: February 2008

Web 2.0 Tools and Their Educational Applications – David Brear

More than ever we see people being advocates for the use of Web 2.0 in educational settings. However, not that many people give advice on how to apply these technologies to facilitate learning in a PRACTICAL way.

Every once in a while you can find some valuable documents that give educators tips on the use of Web 2.0.

Here is one of these documents (which I intend to add more as time allows me). This slideshow was put together by David Brear who has other interesting PRACTICAL ideas on his blog.
 

School 2.0 Manifesto

Written by educators, this manifesto is an example of the ideas that flourish in the minds of some avant-garde educators. Even though this manifesto focuses more on school settings (facing different challenges), many of the ideas here are also valid in solely e-learning environments.

http://school20.wikispaces.com/School+2.0+Manifesto

Information R/evolutuion

We DO need to rethink our assumptions about information and how we produce/find it. Rethinking this process and how new technology can help building knowledge is crucial for a change in the learning sytems we now build.

Tim O’Reilly’s (as close as you can get to a) definition of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 – some concepts

The Machine is Us/ing us

I might be repetitive here, but how long is it going to take for all of us to realize we have new and powerful interactive tools that could shape the way we learn?

Shift Happens…

Developers and Educators need to realize the workd is different. Just adopting instructional technology for technology’s sake is not effective anymore (if it has ever been). To reach learners and captivate them we need to understand their world, what they like to do, use things they like to foster learning that is engaging!

Why does Learning have to be boring?

Why don’t developers and educators try to make learning more true to the learners’ world? If we spend so much time on social networks, blogs, wikis, video and image sharing websites, and many others, why can’t we use these tools in the learning process? The world has changed, learners have changed. Let’s create learning experiencecs that reflect the learners’ real lives. Let’s incorporate tools that they already love and use. Let’s motivate them and help them be more productive useing tools they already are used to in their everyday lives! Web 2.0 is a reality. Interaction, collaboration, collective knowledge: they are all part of this dynamic Web. So, let’s use this to our advantage, to engage our learners an create REAL learning that they enjoy. What a better thing for learning: having fun at the same time!

eLearning 2.0 – an ebook

This is a book that covers interesting facts on eLearning ans how we can tweak it by using Web 2.0 principles and tools (please click on “open publication”):

Tweaking eLearning…

There is no doubt that shifts in learning paradigms follow technological advances.

The Education sector always thinks of ways to use technology to enhance learning experiences, learning through experiencing. Instructional Technology has evolved since PLATO (see Instrucional Technology Timeline even though some of the futuristic predictions might be a little “off” they are right “on” on some concepts).

What we need to realize is that adopting technology for technology’s sake is not the solution. We have to identify problems, then figure out how (and what) technology can help solve those problems.

As far as learning is concerned the new phase of the Web (Web 2.0) is promising. Dynamic Web applications that promote collective intelligence can b applied in many ways to promote “social learning”.

eLearning the way we know it now seems to mimic flawed traditional classroom techniques and tool (drilling, repetition, page turners, passive learning and so on). We have to think of the future of eLearning and how new technologies can help us tweak this system that obviously isn’t working as well as it could.

The new phase of the Web brings new hope for eLearning as it it makes it possible for the creation of more modular, social, immersive learning experiences.

While some people like Paul Graham don’t seem to like the term “Web 2.0″, most people recognize the potential of this new breed of applications that use the Web as a platform has for businesses, education, etc.

As we develop eLearning experiences we need to think outside the box. Learn from our mistakes, adopt new EFFECTIVE technology and shift our focus to the learner. Why do eLearning providers keep replicating flawed models and bringing bad experiences to the online environment? More people need to realize the value of this phase of the Web and apply it in eLearning…

Tony Karrer has been raising some very interesting questions about eLearning 2.0 on hos blog. His perception of the potential of Web 2.0 in Education is one that I wish more people shared.

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