The read/write web has tremendous possibilities. We learn from each other everyday. We learned to walk and talk from our parents. We learned how to throw and catch a ball from others. We learn best when we are shown how to do something. Even though read/write web is mainly texted based, the possibility existed to post pictures and videos on the web, to share our knowledge with others in many different ways, for others to learn from us. For my students the read/write web can be a place of unlimited possibilities. They can ask questions without fear of being ridiculed by their classmates. They can get answers from a wide range of people. People who know nothing about the subject to experts in the subject.
I hope to help my students become responsible and critical participates in this age of instant knowledge dissemination. I hope to be able to help my students sort fact from fiction, to form opinions based on fact and not the opinions of others. I hope to teach them not to jump to conclusion, but to use the same tools on which they received the information to investigate the information for its validity. I hope to help them learn how to learn.
My ideal teaching practice would be one of assisting my students to use web 2.0 technologies to reach their full potential. I see tremendous possibilities for my students with this technology. My students have failure expectancy. They do not want to participate in traditional classrooms activities because they expect to fail. If they are in control of their learning, hopefully it will empower them to learn more, to take a more active role in their education, to free them from the fear of failure, to replace their “I can’t mentality” with an “I can and I will mentality”.