Our middle schools will begin implementing Web 2.0 technology. I hate to re-invent the wheel. Could anyone point me in the direction of some curriculum that utilizes Web 2.0 technology? Have people started writing and sharing these lessons?
Ben, This has been discussed here in the past. I did a search for technology curriculum and found this discussion and this and this. These discussion were on computer "lab" curriculum ideas but you will find some good stuff including full outlines of sessions being taught.
In your spare time look for Alice Mercer, Kelley Irish, Kevin Jarrett,Larry Ferlazzo, Anne Mirtschin, Amber Coggin...here's Amber's wiki You'll see these people here at CR20 and you can search for their blogs.
Yes, I agree on WR's book. I talked about that text in this post in October. When I grabbed the book from Amazon last year, it was something I thought would be an interesting "tools" manual. I think the title itself is certainly misleading. I was very pleasantly surprised upon opening this book how much deeper it really is on the pedagogy of these tools, and the overall "why."
No matter what you reason: if you are getting started in the read/write web... get this book.
Now the subject of a "curriculum" is a completely different thing. I tend to see that as a really huge question as opposed to a litany of software & web-based activities. In my perfect world, a school would decide to integrate these skills and tools across the curriculum in some comprehensive way. Thereby always maintaining a super-close connection to content every step of the way.
I have a group of teachers in a tech-integration cohort at my school who work with a Ning network here, at Virtual Southside. Next year, the remaining 70 teachers will come on board with us. We will certainly rely heavily on those twenty to help bring the rest of us into the land of the tech-savvy.
Our focus this year: ADULT LEARNING. IN my opinion, this is the golden ticket so often overlooked in an effort of this kind. We are really good at getting technology into the hands of kids. The problem to this point has always been that we fail to develop our teachers in new technologies along the way. They are the ones that we must focus on first if we ever expect to see high-level integration and the student level.
Of course I am speaking of starting something like this at the high school level. If it were started at a lower level, would the focus change? Well, I'm certainly not sure... but am more than open to the realization that I don't know my way around the elementary world just yet.
Thanks Sean. You probably saved me a few miles in the wrong direction. Elementary teachers want to know what I am teaching (computer ed) their students so they can know how to coordinate and use that it their curriculum. I am always asking them what they are doing in their curriculum so I can support it with computer ed. Your idea of a Ning group to develop tech integration sounds good because I can't always make their team meetings and there is frustration on both sides at this point.