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2009 2009-Leading the Change

Building A Web 2.0 Culture

Presenter: Paul Curtis
Location: Napa, California, United States
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Presentation Title: Building A Web 2.0 Culture

Presentation Description: Web 2.0 is more than a set of technology tools. It reflects the democratization of information, the power of collaboration and the personalization we hope to find in any school. Taking full advantage of Web 2.0 technology requires more than hardware and software, it requires adopting a Web 2.0 culture. In 1996, New Technology High School in Napa, California opened with a vision of reinventing high school for a new age. At the core of their approach was a culture, curriculum and technology foundation that empowered the student to take more control over their learning and the school. New Tech High is now a national model for school transformation with a network of over 40 21st Century schools based on those principals. Learn the specific strategies and technologies used by the New Technology Network to create a culture that is more student (user) centered in the classroom and encourage collaboration between students, teachers and schools.

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  1. Anita Goodwin

    I love the idea of building this web 2.0 culture. This is the kind of teacher I want to be. I am having a hard time integrating this into my classroom because of the traditions of teaching in the past but I really want to know more about the project based learning in elementary school. Do you have any suggestions for schools to look at that would be good models? Are there resources out there for elementary project based model classroom that anyone would recommend.

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  5. Urbanmath2010

    I agree with the Professional Culture of Trust, Respect, and Responsibility, it talks about fostering and modeling the controls of the student culture through facilitating discussions with students on self control and management and allows students to take responsibility of their mistakes, versus the top-down system of discipline.

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