Speak Out: Web 2.0 and you

"2.0 buttons/badges" from Flickr user vespertin.

The creation of the World Wide Web in the early 1990’s caused an immediate and dramatic shift in how the world shared information. Educators were among the first groups of professionals to recognize and take advantage of the important resources offered by Web to improve teaching and learning in our classrooms.

Over the past 20 years, the Web has quickly evolved from its original purpose of information storage and retrieval to become a virtual space where interaction, collaboration and learning between online users is the norm. This “newer” version of the Web is collectively referred to as “Web 2.0”.

Wikipedia (itself a Web 2.0 site) provides the following definition of Web 2.0:

The term “Web 2.0” is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration on the World Wide Web.

The CEA Blog asks the following question:

As an education professional, what Web 2.0 tools have you used to create and/or deliver learning experiences to your students? What sites would you recommend to other educators?

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CCS Continues To Progress Academically

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently released 2008-2009 report cards, measuring the academic progress of every school and school district across the state. Columbus City Schools kept its rating of Continuous Improvement. Equivalent to a grade of “C”, this marks the third year CCS has maintained this designation.

“It is due to the hard work of the teachers of Columbus that the district has been able to maintain the rating of Continuous Improvement,” said CEA President Rhonda Johnson.

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