Education 2.0: Teaching and Learning in the Information Age

  • Leonard Waks Temple University
Keywords: organizations, networks, hierarchies, fundamental change

Abstract

The Internet offers a powerful new platform for learning and teaching. Web 2.0 technologies and new digital tools – cameras, video and voice recorders, drawing tablets and the like – have the power to transform schools as we have known them and usher in new forms of educational organization and collaboration. The key to this process is the power of individual network participants to “cast nets” – to use social media and search to make themselves and their capabilities known online, and to link up with others for collaboration and collective action. Entrenched hierarchical educational organizations cannot accommodate these new powers. To embrace the Internet, schools and colleges will thus need to shift from hierarchies to networked organizations.

Author Biography

Leonard Waks, Temple University

Leonard J. Waks is Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at Temple University.

He has particular research interests in democratic education, listening in education and philosophy of education. His current research addresses emerging educational arrangements of global network society and the contemporary relevance of American Pragmatism.

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Published
2012-10-12
Section
Invited papers