Inquiry, Transmission and Web 2.0

June 20, 2008 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment
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Authored by Mark Jacobs
(Each student in GMST 525 has written their own post for our class blog.)

Web 2.0 tools are designed to enable collaboration. When teachers, and professors insist on using the transmission model of education, that is they stand at the front of the room and teach the class what they know, collaboration is irrelevant. Therefore, when these teachers and professors are encouraged by their administration to use Web 2.0 it is a miss-match of the tools to the needs. Smart board and Web 2.0 are great tools for Inquiry based education, which is based on questioning and collaboration. In a chapter by Knobel & Lankshear from the book Travel Notes from the New Literacy Studies: Instances of Practice and the article Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century from Jenkins the authors write about new digital literacies and the need to match the tool with the educational practice. Our teachers and professors need to learn how to teach using Inquiry methodology before they can even begin to use Web 2.0 and other collaborative technologies.

Knobel, M., & Lankshear, C. (2006). Weblog worlds and constructions of effective and powerful writing: Cross with care, and only where signs permit. In K. Pahl & J. Rowsell (Eds.), Travel Notes from the New Literacy Studies: Instances of Practice (pp. 72-92). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robinson, A. J., & Weigel, M. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Chicago, IL: The MacArthur Foundation.

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