My Web is Better!

All Webs are not equal.  My Web is very different from the Internet of the majority of teachers (yours probably is too).

My Web delivers pretty much all the new stuff from all the sites that interest me to a single page set up to make it very easy for me to see at a glance what is new. I have complete control over what appears on this page and can add new sources with a couple of clicks of my mouse.

My Web connects me to a huge network of educators from whom I learn lots, with whom I discuss important stuff as well as silly stuff, and to whom I pass on cool new stuff I have picked up.

My Web provides me with free office tools that I can access on any connected device, as well as a calendar that I share with my family - my Web is the place where I store most of my documents and photos.

My Web lets me create my own rich web applications and host them free online for me and other people to use.

My Web is pretty awesome! Personalised, customisable, flexible and very comfortable to be in.

If I had to describe the Web of a large number of my colleagues I guess it would go something like this:

"There's a button on the bottom of the screen that you click and it brings up the Internet [starting at either the school homepage or the Web site of their ISP if they are at home].  You click on a link [or a bookmark maybe] to go to your email.  You can search for Web sites by going to Google [bookmark or type 'Google' in the URL bar].  You get to a Web site you know by typing its name into Google."

Nothing more.  For them the Web is place of endless information , but limited, specific functionality.  For you and me the Web is a place of endless functionality waiting to be discovered or invented.  If I want to do something online, it is my expectation that I'll be able to find a site that offers that functionality.

My Web is better!  I wonder how long it will be before enough people realise this in education, and we begin to teach teachers how to construct their own effective Webs.  Such a program is as vital today as the NOF ICT training was 5-6 years ago.

Comments

  1. 's funny, in my school, like many others, "My Web" is blocked!

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  2. possible use with autistic children? Limit what they can use, not only to stop them accessing certain things but to limit the options which can cause problems with this disability.

    another browser that is made specifically for autistic kids is http://www.zacbrowser.com/

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  3. It's a real shame isn't it? As I've said before, the blocking of many useful Web sites is an inevitable consequence of giving non-educators the job of filtering and judging them mainly on whether or not porn appears on screens. Such people will inevitably operate conservative filtering policies.

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  4. Not sure how this is relevant to my post, but I'm happy to have a link to the excellent zacbrowser on my blog :-)

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  5. well done great post
    Social networking and learning can be almost the same thing.
    Remember though culture is moving from sage on stage and learners sitting silently in rows and with deference and obedience expected - the technology is so disruptive I think some teachers will never get it -

    Learning takes place in workplace and college in different ways and not such a leap in these places

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