One Great Example of Using Web 2.0 For Education

In the Ed Tech circles, we talk a lot about the potential for new online tools in promoting education, but sometimes come up short on exact examples. We have plenty examples of how to use online tools in a class, but sometimes we don’t look at using tools to promote the bigger picture in education. For example, creating sites that provide free resources for teachers.

So, here is one example. I am sure there are many more out there. Promotion of sites like these is an issue, because promotion takes money. Here is my effort to promote one – Free-reading.net (an ongoing, collaborative, teacher-based, curriculum-sharing project):

Free-Reading is an “open source” instructional program that helps teachers teach early reading. Because it’s open source, it represents the collective wisdom of a wide community of teachers and researchers. It’s designed to contain a scope and sequence of activities that can support and supplement a typical “core” or “basal” program.

The interesting thing about Free-reading.net is that the site is built on MediaWiki – the same tool that runs Wikipedia. Reading the About page also shows that they are following the same philosophy as Wikipedia – anyone is free to use it or contribute to it.

I am hoping that one day we will see more sites like this out there. And that we will also see those that are out there become well known.

Matt Crosslin
Matt is currently the Learning Innovation Coordinator with the UT Arlington LINK Research Lab. His research focuses on Learning Theory, Innovation, and learner empowerment. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Baylor University. His research interests include instructional design, learning pathways, sociocultural theory, heutagogy, virtual reality, and open networked learning. He has a background in instructional design and teaching at both the secondary and university levels and has been an active blogger and conference presenter. He also enjoys networking and collaborative efforts involving faculty, students, administration, and anyone involved in the education process.

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