The article really left me

wondering about how we should teach our students about technology in the

future. Web 2.0 as stated in the article is the use of the web in a multiple

form where he says that it is consumed and created, a "dramatic change in our relationship

to information." Many students are only using the web in a 1.0 form, most

people do. Not until this class did I start using the web as a 2.0 tool. I

think this article opened my eyes that the web can be used for so many things.

So then when do we start teaching our students these tools? I started learning

my third year in college, but now kids are born with laptops by their side! So

now as teachers when do we start teaching these students about learning the web

as a different way, what approach do we take? Is there a right and wrong way to

teach this information? I think it is great to learn to use the web two ways

but is it to much? If we add too much of our information will it be right or

not? Students can tell what they think about certain topics, such as politics

and what they think of the society but then they could add stuff on the

internet that is not true. So just like drugs and alcohol and how we tell

students it is bad to do these things should we tell them about the bad thing

about the internet? It is so hard to determine these answers about the internet

and what is allowed with our students. I do believe that the society needs to

come on a agreement on the issue for the use of technology but only time will

tell us what the outcome will be.

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wondering about how we should teach our students about technology in the

future. Web 2.0 as stated in the article is the use of the web in a multiple

form where he says that it is consumed and created, a "dramatic change in our relationship

to information." Many students are only using the web in a 1.0 form, most

people do. Not until this class did I start using the web as a 2.0 tool. I

think this article opened my eyes that the web can be used for so many things.

So then when do we start teaching our students these tools? I started learning

my third year in college, but now kids are born with laptops by their side! So

now as teachers when do we start teaching these students about learning the web

as a different way, what approach do we take? Is there a right and wrong way to

teach this information? I think it is great to learn to use the web two ways

but is it to much? If we add too much of our information will it be right or

not? Students can tell what they think about certain topics, such as politics

and what they think of the society but then they could add stuff on the

internet that is not true. So just like drugs and alcohol and how we tell

students it is bad to do these things should we tell them about the bad thing

about the internet? It is so hard to determine these answers about the internet

and what is allowed with our students. I do believe that the society needs to

come on a agreement on the issue for the use of technology but only time will

tell us what the outcome will be.

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Lauren, you raise a lot of great points and I wanted to respond to one thing that you mentioned: Is there a right and wrong way to teach this information (how to use the web)?

Just yesterday I attended a keynote presentation on social networks and media (i.e. facebook and myspace and their uses) at the Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium at Penn State. The speaker, danah boyd, stated that students already know how to use a lot of the "Web 2.0" tools that are available on the web; and in many cases, they already know more than us (teachers). So the question isn't necessarily "Is there a right and wrong way to teach the web" but rather, what should we be teaching students if they already know how to use the web?

We must understand that although our students know how to use the Web for so many different things, they lack the ability to think creatively about the technology. We must empower them to do what they're already doing AND think critically about the technology.

I think it will be easier to teach students both of these ways to use technology because of the fact that kids are born with laptops at their sides. Because of this they already come in knowing so much information about technology. All we have to do as teachers is show them how to think creatively about the technology and let them expand on their knowledge. I always thought that I was somewhat sufficient in using a computer until I went into an elementary school to observe one day and found that the students knew how to get passed blocks the school had set up. A fifth grader is the one who tried to show me how they did it and I was still confused. We need to have them think creatively about expressing themselves through this technology instead of using it to get passed blocks.

Initially, I was shocked when you compared the internet to drugs and alcohol. But then I thought about it a little more, and you may not be so far off. In fact, the internet may be more dangerous than drugs and alcohol. It is important to inform students about the dangers of the internet. And when I say dangers, I don't just mean 50 year old men creeping on middle school girls. Websites like Wikipedia can be dangerous to students. Because just about anyone can add/edit information on websites like Wikipedia, students may be getting wrong information. Of course, they would have no idea. What's even worse is the popularity of such websites. Honestly, I had no idea anyone could change information on Wikipedia until my English 15 teacher told me so--I used Wikipedia all the time for research. However, I am much more skeptical about information found there anymore. It is important to teach our students how to use the internet to expand and further their education. In addition, it's equally important to teach them of the dangers of searching online.

I know that the right and wrong way and compared to drugs and alcohol is harsh but i think it is very true. The internet is a dangerous thing and teaching students to do certain things can be very bad. For example you are a 7th grade middle school teacher, you have a class website and you teaching students to blog about the class and their days. Well two things could happen a students could write personal information about himself and his family, or start a rumor about other students. When the students get older and more mature usually this does not happen but kids are unpredictable and you never know what they will do so you have to look at everything from different sides. Specially with being a special education major you learn that these students are capable of doing anything you the teacher really has to watch what you are teaching them and if could be potentially bad.