TechTutor – Education in a Web 2.0 World

Come September 16 and 17, 2009, I will be having my seminar entitled “TechTutor – Technology toolbox for Learners, Educators, Experts and Parents” at the SM Megatrade Hall 3. And as early as I now, I would like to thank those who already bought their tickets for the support and confidence.

In case you’re wondering why have a seminar for education, my answer is simple – I have been an educator all my life. I’ve been with the academe for years. Having been involved in universities, corporate training, public seminars and presently being part of media, I could say that a big part of my life – I have been sharing my God given technology talent to the widest audience possible.

And with the emergence of Web 2.0, the application of technology in education has never been as exciting as now. Today we can truly say that what is available to the “Have”, are now also available to the “Have Not”. The potential is clear but it’s still a long way to go.

Just recently, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released a new study (Leadership for Web 2.0 in Education: Promise and Reality), which found that school district administrators understand the significance of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning, but the actual use of Web 2.0 to improve the learning environment in U.S. schools is quite limited.

“The study’s findings help to put a spotlight on the discrepancy that exists between attitudes toward Web 2.0 and actual implementation and use at the classroom level,” said James Bosco, EdD, Principal Investigator of the MacArthur Foundation grant and Co-Chair of CoSN’s International Advisory Council. “If U.S. students are to be the next inventors, entrepreneurs and leaders in the global economy, we must see to it that our young people have the innovative tools they need to be successful in the 21st century, particularly in the classroom.”

The key findings of the study include the following:

— The nation’s district administrators are overwhelmingly positive about the impact of Web 2.0 on students’ lives and their education.
— Keeping students interested and engaged in school is the top priority for Web 2.0 in American schools.
— The majority of district administrators believe that student use of Web 2.0 should be limited to participation on approved educational Web sites.
— The majority of school districts ban social networking and chat rooms while allowing prescribed educational use for most of the other Web 2.0 tools.
— While curriculum directors report low levels of general use of Web 2.0, they describe significant opportunities in curricula and teaching materials.
— Curriculum directors reported that Web 2.0 will be used most effectively in social studies, writing, science, and reading at all grade levels.
— The use of these tools in American classrooms remains the province of individual pioneering classrooms.
— Web 2.0 is outpacing the capacity of K-12 education to innovate.
— District administrators, the persons responsible for the decision-making on Web 2.0 in schools, are more passive than active users in the Web 2.0 space.

From Facebook and other social networking applications to wikis, blogs and digital media, children are fully engaged in the use of Web 2.0 tools outside of the classroom. The study is encouraging since it shows that school leaders believe that Web 2.0 collaborative applications expand the resources available for classroom learning, but it also reveals that use of these technologies inside the classroom is often constrained by a number of factors.

So if you’re not into Web 2.0, here’s your chance to understand and know the impact of this technology. Please come and join “TechTutor – Technology toolbox for Learners, Educators, Experts and Parents” on September 16 to 17, 2009 at the SM Megatrade Hall 3.

Tickets are available at all SM Ticketnet outlets. For more information, please call 911-555 or visit http://www.infochat.com.ph/powertips

See you at the Techtutor event. God Bless us all!

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