Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thinking Critically About Web 2.0

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from Wesley Fryer, from the Texas Tech University College of Education. In this podcast, Wesley talks with some international colleagues about a range of topics involving Web 2.0 and the role of technology in educational reform. This podcast was posted to the web on 13 January 2006 at:

The show notes for this podcast included the following:

"Is enthusiasm for web 2.0 and its potential to positively reform educational teaching methods across the globe overblown? An international audience including Darren Kuropatwa in Canada, Ewan McIntosh in Scotland, Miguel Guhlin in San Antonio, Texas, and Wesley Fryer in Lubbock, Texas, engaged in a lively discussion this evening via skype to explore these and other issues. Specifically, the questions we addressed were: Is enthusiasm in the blogsphere for web 2.0 overblown, since the realities of the modern, accountability-driven classroom overpower individual drives for creative innovation? Is there hope for systemic school reform in the United States and elsewhere in the world? Should schools repurpose their existing educational technology budgets, which largely serve now to support a traditional transmission-based model (pedagogy) of instruction? (And do something radical instead, like pay their teachers more?!)"

Wesley Fryer is a prolific blogger and podcaster, and has his personal blog at:

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,



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Wesley Fryer is an educator, author, digital storyteller, technology integration pioneer, husband and father. He serves as an international and national presenter and speaker, addressing a range of topics related to education, technology integration, distance learning, and twenty-first century literacy.

In 2005-2006 Wesley is completing his doctoral studies in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University, focusing on the impact of one-to-one computing initiatives on student achievement.

He currently serves as the Director of Instructional Support Services and Webmaster for the College of Education at Texas Tech University.


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