Breathing Fire Into Web 2.0
The article "Breathing Fire Into Web 2.0" was written to educate and pursued teachers and administrators to apply new technology to their schools. They write " walking into a typical school these days is like going into a time machine back to the old days. (Hardman). They are stating that the schools today are failing to relate to today's kids technological experiences in the real world. They found a school in Hong Kong that is doing a Great job utilizing web 2.0 to teach and educate the students in and out of the classroom. They used a web service known as myDragonNet. MyDragonNet was originally made to be a calendar and organizer for the teachers and school. After doing research with the students, they redesigned it a little and made it now a full fledge educational device. The teachers now post all their resources, homework, videos, schedules, and much more on myDragonNet for the students, parents, other teachers, and the administration to view and use.
They are using the information that they found to educate schools on how useful and important that technology can be for the students. Quote, " it seems like we are educating our youth for the past rather than the future." (Hardman) They are wanting this article to be used as a guide to schools on ways to use technology in their own classrooms, and to continue to find new ways to do so.
I am wanting to do something like myDragonNet in my own p.e classroom. It would be nice to advocate for an entire school wide service like this, but if that is not available I am planning on having some sort of blog, note board, or web page for my class to use. I will put videos, homework, test, information, and schedules up for the kids, parents, other teachers, and administrators to view and use.
In conclusion this article is to be used as a tool to lay down a foundation for a schools web 2.0 uses. To inspire schools to look towards the future and not on the past. That schools need to do their best to educate and prepare our youth for the future and not hold them back in the past. Teach to them on their level. By setting up a service that can be used on web 2.0 sites. Communicating to each other, doing homework, and researching on sites like myDragonNet.
This article is informing and persuading schools to adopt a myDragonNet like web user to their curriculum. By doing this they are covering all six sections of the nets-s. Having students use something like this will allow them to experience safe web usage. This will show them how creative they can be with technology. it covers it all. They get to experience technology that they will be using in the work force in years to come.
Reference: Hardman, Justin, and David Carpenter. Breathing Fire Into Web 2.0. N.p., 2007. Web. 23 June 2011.