Towards Web 2.0 Schools: Rethinking the Teachers Professional Development

Abstract : This paper aims at analyzing the Web 2.0 based distance education in the K-12 schools as an emerging phenomenon that catalyzes a new educational reform all over the world. Some pre-Web 2.0 best practice examples are analyzed in order to draw the main findings in the paper. The teacher's professional qualification designed to meet the new challenges is considered as a key problem for a successful penetration of this phenomenon in the schools. It is emphasized on the importance of designing a life-long teacher training strategy adapted to the new achievements in the technology enhanced learning research and the new learning theories. Building social skills and competencies appropriate to work in a Web 2.0 based learning environment and other global ‘social software' is recommended to be included both in the school curricula and the corresponding teacher development curricula. Such skills and competencies should penetrate the curricula of any life-long learning initiative dedicated to the citizens of the information society. (http://dspace.ou.nl/handle/1820/1064)
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Roumen Nikolov. Towards Web 2.0 Schools: Rethinking the Teachers Professional Development. Working Joint IFIP Conference: WG3.1 Secondary Education, WG3.5 Primary Education Informatics, Mathematics, and ICT: a ‘golden triangle' (IMICT 2007), 2007, Boston, United States. pp.10. ⟨hal-00190077⟩

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