Tell the teachers they have to ‘get it’!

Now that our online newspapers also include social networking tools, it is clearly too late for any teachers to hide in the classroom and pretend that Web 2.0 isn’t here to stay.

I was thrilled to see a while back that the Australian Herald Sun (widest circulation in Australia) added some tag tools.

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Now our own Sydney Morning Herald also shows it’s style!

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BUT you’ve got to love The Australian!

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So teachers – add some new tricks to your toolkit and get the kids involved with networked media services. Teacher Librarians – it’s also time for you  to make sure that you harness the power of these tools to aggregate useful topical information too :-)


3 thoughts on “Tell the teachers they have to ‘get it’!

  1. very relevant post Judy.

    Web 2.0 websites, especially digg, are quickly becoming a common resource for accessing news content… controlled by the users.

    There are teachers out there that are trying to integrate web 2.0 into their teaching.

    As a student involved in ICT development at a VCE campus I have experienced the frustration of trying to have the support from school administration.

    Before we start incorporating these technologies into our learning, schools need to remove the majority of the filtering of internet.

  2. Hi Judy,

    I agree – it’s fantastic to see so many brilliant online papers emerge that embed so many web 2.0 features to enable all kinds of access to the information. What a change to the old fashioned casting of eyes over the daily paper!

    On a personal note, I’ve been excited since I found out that I (hopefully) have a year 7 English class this year. The main reason that I’m so excited is that it finally gives me a chance to really seriously delve into online literacy in a big way – and RSS newsfeeding along with many of these web 2.0 tools will be my starting place. I can asure you there’ll be no hiding behind anything in my classroom this year!

    M

  3. Hi Judy,
    Thanks for a couple of things in this article. My husband and I miss our Aussie news after returning to the US (we were in Melbourne for 2006), so I’d been looking for an RSS feed for one of the Melbourne or Sydney papers.

    Secondly, you’re right teachers need to get it. The English department at my school wants to run from the building when they hear the term wiki! I’m just the Computer Science teacher, but I help out with staff development. I’m to be teaching a 75 minute class on February 15, the topic I was given was Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts.

    I’ve thought about this, and in that amount of time, I think what I’m going to do is have them set up their own aggregater. I found once I set one up, in many ways it just made my online life a lot easier!

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