Well, I just finished reading the first two chapters of web 2.0. It is interesting. I enjoy sharing it with my daughters--ages 15 (tomorrow) and 12. I continually read the info about learning styles and differing types of intelligences to my 15-year-old. She struggles in math, so she is "dumb." And the "dumb" is real to her, and that scares me. My son, 19, is quite good in math, and is majoring in engineering. So, family dynamics add to this anxiety. I keep reminding my daughter that my son doesn't know how to read a facial expression or change in body posture because he is not gifted with people. He is intelligent in math, yes, but she is intelligent in people, and she can get math--it just takes effort. Anyway....I digress.
I think Web 2.0 is a bit insulting to teachers. We are not as ignorant to technology as it assumes. My students are doing the type of student-centered, project-based learning described. I think I am a bit progressive, but not-off-the chart innovative. I think the book is the victim of the very problem it examines: the world of education has progressed significantly since its printing.
However, I am really lovin' this class because it so directly relates to my classroom. As I read, so many classroom applications pop into my head, I struggle with reading comprehension. My mind is churning in a different direction and the text becomes noise. Re-reading is a constant strategy.
So, tomorrow I will read the articles I downloaded from the website. And I am still afraid I am missing some important assignment or post and my program will crumble. But, on I march.