Here are some initial thoughts that I have about Web 2.0:
Wow! I can tell this is going to be a powerful course and change the way I do things in the classroom.
A question I have from the first article: “A Tidal Wave of Info – and helping our students sift through it.” How do we, as educators, do this? We must, as educators, do this. We cannot just give our students a research project and a computer, and say to them, “Off you go. You’ll find everything you need.” We need to guide them. My students completed this project this past fall where they were researching a given figure of importance from the American Revolution. We grouped the figures into an easy, medium, and hard category, thinking that the ones that were most well known, like George Washington, would be one of the easiest. Well, in actuality, he was one of the most difficult figures to research because there was SO much information about him. It really required a strong student to be able to sift through it all, and determine what was important and relevant to the project.
Not quite sure I understand: “The answer to information overload is to produce more information.”
One of the important ideas and I am pulling away from the second article is that through wikis, blogs, and podcasting, we can connect and support each other. I think that this can be a very powerful tool for both teachers and students.