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 – (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 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.

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