Assignment # 2: How Web 2.0 Impacts Our World

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  1. Some fascinating presentations from TED. I have long been a fan of these presentations and these did nothing to change that opinion. Seth Godin, who I have long been a fan, presents a scintillating discussion on how people, especially leaders, are looking to change things. Amongst other things, he discusses 3 cycles of change, and how he sees their effectiveness in today’s society. Throughout the presentation he defines leaders as people who will step up to the status quo and enact change that the “tribe” of believers will follow. “Heretics look at the status quo and say this will not stand”. At the end he gives us three things leaders have in common and how they enact change. One of my favorite ideas was that being a leader gives you charisma. Another very enjoyable talk was Evan Williams who describes how people should “follow hunches”. Worked for him, he founded Twitter on a hunch.
    Outside of the direct messages in these presentations I was struct by two common themes and how they apply directly to education. First, believe in yourself and be a leader. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box for what you believe in. Second, watching these presentations reinforced the belief that the web, and specifically web 2.0 can enhance learning and speak to students in their world. Watching easily accessible people who are leaders in their field is inspiring to the students and the teacher.
    One other side note, the last video, although very funny indeed, I thought had one of the greatest messages. Sometimes it’s not always the most important thing to have a top down approach, sometimes you collaborate with everyone and an even better result is achieved.

  2. Phil,

    In your response you state, “web 2.0 can enhance learning and speak to students in their world.” This is a very good observation. Most students do have stage fright when oral speeches have to be given in front of their peers. For some students, the writing process can be challenging (depending on the age group and learner). Having students pair up, collaborate and give speeches in front of a camera will lessen the fear of speaking cause the student is only speaking in front of one. Plus students get to utilize computers which do enhance their learning process. This type of lesson should meet the educational needs of each student’s intelligent level too. Nice post!

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