I just started working as an instructional technology specialist at a high school. Prior to this I have worked K-8. I've set up 10 minute meeting with several departments (math, science, English, world languages, and social studies) to introduce myself and talk a little about Web 2.0 and what they can do with it.

If you had 10 minutes with high school teachers what would you tell them? I have some ideas, but I would love to hear more - especially ideas for what to tell the math and science teachers.


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Well, I'd tel them about the use of wikis for planning and for working with students. They're easy to use and offer a great variety of options for demonstrating problems or posting solutions to questions. They also invite comments where students can ask questions. I like pbwiki.com personally. I'd show them the work of Darren Kuropatwa a calculus teacher who uses different web2.0 tools in his class. His blog is at http://adifference.blogspot.com/. As for science, I don't have any links to teachers but, again, I'd use the wiki idea as an easy way for them to get into using a tool.

I'd tell them that if they only have 10 min. for me, I don't have even 5 min. for them.

Not trying to be confrontational but education takes commitment. We must value things and not just see them as "buzz words" and token parts of the curriculum. It is all about relationships and here in Asia, we'd for sure never meet for "10 min". It is about building rapport, trust. Same with education. If you are a passing interest, you'll be a passing interest, no matter what stunning fact of the universe you communicate.

Lots more I could say but first of all, give me more than 10 min. ! If you don't value me, why should I value you....?????




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