Sarah PatersonCollin SutherlandJohn Bunker Dylan Dyer
Web 2.0 Technologies in Education
The situation presented in the cartoon above is, unfortunately, not far from reality. Today, students areconstantly immersed with new technology that has the ability to “enthrall” them in experiences thatthey will never forget. Learners of all ages are using different forms of technology outside of theclassroom that has raised their expectations of how information is presented inside the classroom.However, thousands of teachers across the country are faced with the daunting challenge of effectivelyintegrating new and innovative technologies into the learning environment in order to engage their students.Throughout the last century, the question of whether or not innovative technology contributes positively to the educational experience has been at the center of the educational world. In1922, Thomas Edison declared that, "I believe the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks"(Monke, 2004). In the 21st century, this doesn't appear to be the case. However, what is certain is thatthe 21st century has provided a wide variety of different technologies that possess educational potentialwhich greatly surpasses the power of motion pictures and the television. Presently, one of the greatesttechnologies available for use in the classroom are course management systems (CMS) and Web 2.0tools.
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