Web 2.0 Tools are the quickest and easiest way to get teachers excited about using new forms of technology in their classrooms. Lots of times teachers think oh.. technology.. That means I have to use my computer, or my interactive white board. Its not! The purpose of using technology in the classroom is for you the teacher to have one or more extra tools in your tool belt to help reach your message across to students. Some students just do not react to a lecture or the same style of teaching day in and day out. It is our responsibility as educators to find ways to make these connections so that our students are successful. We often ask our students, have you given me everything that you have in this report or test, or even assignment. It’s time that we ask ourselves have we given everything we got to make our students successful? Have we searched out there for the best possible tools and new concepts on how to teach our subject area?
Web 2.0 may be the answer it may not be. All I can say is that from personal experience it has been nothing short of a home run in each and every classroom that I have taught or observed. Look over some of these great Web 2.0 tools and add more ideas and tools to your tool belt.
I met Eric Sheninger not to long ago in a COSN conference and instantly realized he had exceptional ideas. Talk about a leader that gets it, one that any teacher would want to work for. One of his favorite sayings that I use so much in my presentations, is that we educators, administrators and leaders need to model this technological use behavior. If we ask our students to use technology we must model the use ourselves.
I came across one of his pins from Pinterest and thought I would share it with you. You can find the actual link to the pin at http://ow.ly/d4LjV.
If you haven’t already heard of Eric, I strongly recommend you to follow him on twitter: @NMHS_Principal