I have been doing a road trip (F2F), of introducing School 2.0 at various workshops accross the country in a wirlwind of ranting around-school 2.0-in-30 seconds approach. My goal was to give teachers an introduction to what web 2.0 is (if it is even remotely definable) and how we can possibly use it for teaching and learning.
Most of the teachers were there because they are teaching learners who are seasoned virtual citizens who can Mxit in their pockets and socialise online, while having to endure “old school” pedagogy in their everyday school life. So I would like to believe that the teachers who attended the workshop are visionaries (Champions- 4-ICT) looking for answers, like I do, like we all do…
The fact is that we have to prepare our learners for a future world were technology will be a given and media literacy a must. So we have to start building our School 2.0. To explore the possibilities of school 2.0, I will be carrying on my learning path and the debate at my School 2.0 blog (www.school2.co.za) Feel free to come and contribute to the discussion there.
Today I will start a 3 day, round the country, School 2.0 campaign. The aim is to get as many teachers as possible to embrace Web 2.0 into their classrooms in order to prepare their learners (or is it rather- prepare themselves) for school 2.0 or a world were virtual tools will be the order of the day for teaching and learning.
The latest stats point out that South Africa has over half a million users on Facebook and we can be sure of one thing- our learners are definitely there (and maybe not in our classrooms). Just the fact that Microsoft have finally won the war against Yahoo and Google for a 1.6% share in Facebook for $240million, means that social networking sites are the future. If we would like to prepare our learners for a Facebook world, then we need to embrace the tools they love. I am sure in the not too distant future (like tomorrow) Facebook will have a School 2.0 application…so get ready … steady…GO.
I will create, during the next few days, a School 2.0 blog where the teachers can go and jot down their thoughts and hopefully their learning. Head on over to School 2.0