A new report released by The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the premier professional association for district technology leaders, found that while school district administrators understand the significance of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning, the actual use of Web 2.0 to improve the learning environment in U.S. schools is still limited
The study, Leadership for Web 2.0 in Education: Promise and Reality, was conducted to gain better understanding on the role of digital media in American schools and the results underscore the importance of aligning the realities of the classroom with education administrators positive outlook on Web 2.0.
Key findings include:
– Web 2.0 is outpacing the capacity of K-12 education to innovate
– Keeping students interested and engaged in school is the top priority for Web 2.0 in American schools
– District administrators are overwhelmingly positive about the impact of Web 2.0 on students’ lives and their education
– The majority of administrators believe that student use of Web 2.0 should be limited to participation on approved educational Web sites
– The majority of school districts ban social networking and chat rooms while allowing prescribed educational use for most of the other Web 2.0 tools
– Curriculum directors reported that Web 2.0 will be used most effectively in social studies, writing, science, and reading at all grade levels
Today’s students are the first generation to grow up surrounded by digital media and they need to be given the chance to explore educational opportunities presented by the technological revolution. Although we are still at the early stages of bringing dramatic technological changes to our society, it seems this does not automatically translate into teaching and learning.