I attended an a full day seminar organised by ALSANSW looking at the issue of Plagiarism in light of the NSW Board of Studies unit “Working with Others” soon to be compulsory for testing in Year 10. My task was to provide a context for thinking about plagiarism which included an understanding of the Web 2.0 world of students and teachers.
Apart form ‘showcasing’ Web 2.0 my aim was to encourage teachers and teacher-librarians to re-examine what it means to create a community of enquiry for themselves and for their students…by participating in new forms of information organization and sharing…..like social bookmarking, wiki, and blogs. We have to recognize the level of social networking that kids engage in more and more, and the fact that information seeking will sometimes take place via instant messenger, myspace or other social ways.
With Web 2.0 the purpose and function of learning as defined by teachers needs revision. Maybe……..
The purpose of learning should…
- Be informed by connections and communication
- Promote open sharing of knowledge
- Allow for individuals making decisions on their own
The function of learning should be….
- About being a member of the community of practice
- Recognize that all spaces are learning places
Perhaps Web 2.0 learning is defined by three things:
- On identity
- Who we are in society
- Multitasking multi-modal environment
- Virtual learning mode
- Personal integrity and social contribution
- Individuality and creativity
A very interesting day, with some curious interactions and comments afterwards. The one that made me chuckle was “we are never going to use these [Web2.0] technologies”.
Hmm, a bit like the network meeting I organised back in Term 4, 1995. Some ‘system’ representatives came along – because I had organised a chap who brought his own computer, and who could access Ozemail at $5.00 hr and show us ‘THE INTERNET’. Yes, these visitors said to me “Judy, you shouldn’t have organised this – this internet business will never happen in schools!”.
OOPS! How about Web 2.0 then??