Web 2.0 Technologies and beyond ...


Web 2.0 Technologies could be another name for networking technologies on a global basis. This transition from individual analogue technologies to digital networking has been exponential in time, convergence and functionality. Its impact on our society and in turn our learning community has been fast and dramatic. Substantial and longitudinal research has yet to be done to ascertain the effect these technologies have on our learning communities but we do know they are socially all persuasive and need immediate addressing in terms of moral and ethical use.

Some of our school experiences have been quite successful in some tools offered by Web 2.0 technologies e.g. CEO PRoject 2008-2009, but these are thinly scattered amongst our predominant hard copy and individualistic "analogue" methods that are supposedly tried and true. The question begs ... Tried and true for who and in what time? Is it time for the idea of reporting and assessment to embrace the very work habits called for by our industries and government. How can you assess collaboration if you don't have evidence of it. Is it left up to subjective opinion by a teacher who in themselves work predominately in an autonomous mode?

Are we ready for the convergence of technologies that allow for various modes of work / study habits. e.g. "smart" phones, online "offices" etc.


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Analogue to digital collaboration


Have come across this great wikispace called cooltoolsforschools,wikispaces.com.

Have a gander at this prezi presentation


TEDMED

Eric Topol says we'll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions. At TEDMED, he highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine's future -- all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds.

The 2010 Social Networking Global Map