The Learning 2.0 School

Shifting Perceptions of Teaching and Learning in and out of the School Library

Changing perspective – Are we ready?

Posted by Michelle Torrise on February 7, 2009

WILL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN URBAN AREAS, FIND their WEB 2.0?

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540

I’ve only been out of grad school for about six months, yet I’ve already observed a significant gap between practice and theory–between what I learned in school and what I actually see happening in the classroom.  As a graduate student, I studied the work of scholars who are a part of the pedagogical shift in teaching and learning that is the result of Web 2.0 technologies.   The possibilities of Web 2.0 are exciting–so exciting that these same scholars are already contemplating the impact Web 3.0 will have on education.   In practice, however, the shift has been a bit slower–in some schools it hasn’t even started at all.  It makes me wonder, are we ready for a shift?  Will schools without Internet access benefit from new perspectives, a new pedagogy?  Will school districts develop the flexibility needed to engage in the bending, shaping, and reconstructing of the processes of education?  Can students wait for them to change?  Will students wait for them to change?

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