Overcoming Obstacles
“No Teacher Left Behind – The Urgency Of Web 2.0″

Graham Wegner
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Blog: http://gwegner.edublogs.org/

Presentation Title
“No Teacher Left Behind – The Urgency Of Web 2.0″

Graham is an ICT Coordinator in a primary school in suburban Adelaide with a focus on inquiry based learning and interactive whiteboards. He sees that information literacy and Web 2.0 technologies go hand in hand and will have a significant impact on his role. As well as working with students who are comfortable in the digital world, his role also involves helping his colleagues come on board with the effective use of technology for learning in the classroom.

The changing information landscape of the 21st Century demands that our students develop new skills of information literacy and become knowledge producers as an integral component of their learning. But what of the professionals charged with these students’ education? Can they be convinced of the need for personal change to keep pace with their students’ world? Are they even aware of the exponential changes taking place? How would they get started in their classrooms? This online presentation will explore some of the barriers faced by educators seeking to improve and influence their colleagues’ perceptions of the internet, and Web 2.0 in particular, as a vehicle for learning. It will pull together various resources that could be useful as starting points for discussion and explore some of the concerns and trepidations of average teachers struggling already with a heavy workload. This presentation will use a wiki as its base and seek to leverage the online Conference participants to help create some possible answers and resources for those of us who recognize the need for our colleagues to be at our sides, providing best practice for our digital age students.


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12 Responses to “Overcoming Obstacles
“No Teacher Left Behind – The Urgency Of Web 2.0″”

  1. […] Today I have listened to the presentation given by Graham Wegner yesterday called No Teacher Left Behind. What he has done here is so good – invited ‘friends’ from his networks to help him answer the question of why teachers should know about Web 2 and what they already know. This collation of what people are already doing is not only mind-blowing but also engaging: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=63 […]

  2. Noon says Flea…Jukes says Sardine…

    Great recommendations for us to consider!

    and I love your voice!

  3. Vonnie says:

    Hi Graham,
    I agree with Kerrie and have promoted your presentation (loved the collaboration) widely as well as adding a quick comment on my blog.
    Well done!

  4. Thanks for your kind words, Glenn and Vonnie. The North American twangs sound exotic to us in the southern hemisphere – maybe my Aussie nasal drone can be a gimmick to get people to listen in!! Hopefully, my message was informative and you have just reminded me to go and post the link to Doug’s flea post on the wiki. Remember, even just influencing one person is a step in the right direction.

  5. Al Upton says:

    Hi Graham
    It’s great to see you out there and spreading the word. Thanks for inviting me to contribute my bit amongst so many distinguished Australian and New Zealand educators who are passionate about the power of web2 apps in today’s learning. I really appreciate the succinct yet comprehensive way you introduce and summarise your own learning and (through audio/blog-screenshots) the thoughts and beliefs of 8 other bloggers. Brilliant use of easily read graphics. Even more, I love the way you point out that students already use this technology and that “they need ALL the teachers they have throughout their schooling to model appropriate, responsible and high level best practice” YET most of us currently act in isolation.
    Well done creating an easily accessible reminder and extension of ideas for those of us already exploring web2. More importantly I believe you present issues and solutions for those just starting to ‘dip their toes in.’
    *** I encourage all educators to have a look and listen … then a think ***
    [Right-mouse-click either presentation link above and ‘Save target As …’]
    Well done mate,
    Cheers, Al

  6. […] No teacher left behind: the Urgency of Web2.0 ” (video) podcast and wiki. […]

  7. […] The “When Night Falls” concept was quite ambitious. Run a 24 hour Skype-a-thon with volunteer moderators all signing up from all around the globe into slots listed on the wiki. As the culminating event to the fortnight long K-12 Online Conference, it was an opportunity for anyone involved in the conference – organiser, presenter or participant to meet together in a virtual space and chat at a time convenient to them. There was a chat venue provided at Tapped In and each Skype call covered an hour before reconvening in the next Skypecast with the next moderator. I first checked in at about 1.30 pm via the chatroom where Jennifer Wagner was about to launch her hosted hour. The kids were requiring my attention so I didn’t don my headset and join in at that time. It was a very pleasant afternoon so we ended up taking the boys out to a playground and I didn’t go back online until 8.30 pm. I ended up staying on for about two and a half hours and crossed paths with some fabulous educators in that time. The first hour was capably moderated by Vinny Green, and I had the pleasure of talking to the enthused and energetic Glenn E. Malone. He seemed to epitomise the ultimate K-12 Conference participant as he described the various presentations he had viewed and his pride at being in the winning team for Vicki Davis’ wiki competition. Unfortunately for me, he assumed that because I’d produced a presentation on Overcoming Obstacles, that I’d have some words of wisdom worth sharing about spreading the word of online technology. I was less than eloquent in my response but it was excellent to make his acquaintance along with Chris Harbeck, a Maths teacher from Winnipeg, Canada who hosted the following hour. He got up at some unbelievable hour in the early Canadian morning to do this and his first ten minutes of Skype moderation was plagued by “human spam” – an unwelcome racist, Skypecast surfers looking to practice their English skills and an annoying Aussie who kept announcing, “Hey, I got a story to tell!” Once Chris cornered him, muted the non-participants and took a few minutes to get a well earned cup of coffee from his kitchen, there was some great conversation before the next hour started more quietly with Chris Betcher, Aussie teacher on exchange in Canada. Shortly, after a short time, it was time for me to say goodbye quietly via the chatroom as to not disturb the conversation unfolding and head to bed. […]

  8. Wade Bosworth says:

    The presentation was simple and straight forward. I shared your presentation with many of my colleagues. Many of them are not engaged in Web 2.0. I agree that ALL teachers should be responsible for modeling appropriate and high level use. Most teachers I work with are hesitant because they feel they lack the skills to be confident — especially when interacting with their students.

    Mark — very cool work you’re doing with 3rd graders. I checked out their blog/wiki entries and was impressed with their entries.

    Rachel — I agree with the “I don’t have time” attitude as a big barrier to change. We are challenging culture right now in our district at certain levels. I think the teachers understand the importance of how web 2.0 engage students but fear the change because they are uncomfortable with the skills needed.

    Greg — Thanks for your thoughts on Web 2.0. I have found students that are hesitant to participate in class are usually the ones that shine in the online environment.

    Judy — Thanks for the reminder of who our students are and what they need from us as teachers.

    Doug — Cool perspective on adults not understanding the world that is being created for our kids.

    Jo –

    Jedd –

    Al — Teachers do need to be more responsible for learning web 2.0 tools and time is a huge barrier. Thanks for the reminder that not all teachers need to be passionate about technology — but they do need the skills.

    Thanks for articulating the barriers involved in teachers getting comfortable with web 2.0 tools. Many of my colleagues see me as a flee — I cherish the opportunity to facilitate change.

  9. […] The title of this post comes from my K12 Online Conference presentation, in a section where I talk about different teachers utilising Web 2.0 tools to improve learning for their students. I coined this short phrase “innovation in isolation” as a short simple set of words for part of my image stack – at the time, I thought that I’d concocted a clever little word twist which amused me, if no-one else. Interestingly, it seems to be the phrase that seems to be still resonating with a number of educators months after the files went live during the Overcoming Obstacles segment. […]

  10. […] I received a pleasant e-mail the other day from Anne Mason who’s the National Facilitator, Online communities from ICT PD Online who are organising the Time4 Online Conference over in New Zealand which started today! She wanted to check that a link from the Pre-Conference Preview area to my K12 Online Conference presentation from last year was fine with me. Just goes to show that you can be featured in a conference without doing anything extra – it’s extremely flattering. I mean I was amazed when I found my own words quoted back at me on a wiki created by Rachel Jeffares, so potentially being re-introduced to more Kiwi educators via a re-run of my presentation will be very cool. (Of course, just because it’s there on the page doesn’t mean anyone will click and view!) And the whole event is available for anyone connected to enrol and learn. I’ll certainly be checking it out. […]

  11. lisa neubecker says:

    Hi Graham. I am a teacher at St Helens District High School in Tasmania. 2 years ago, a couple of our teachers heard you speak at the National Literacy Conference in Adelaide. I was very interested in your Smart Board Maths Problem website that provides one Ma prob for every day of the year. Is this still available for general use?

    Lisa Neubecker

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