Essay on Tech Geek

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I have always been a little bit of a "tech geek". Not the "I-can-hack-into-my-school-district's-payroll-department-and-give-myself-a-raise" type of techie, but I do have a love affair with gadgets and computers. Because of this, I'm trying to increase the use of technology in my classroom. This journey started with trying to teach my kids how to use software tools like Comic Life, Keynote and Pages as well as bookmarking hundreds of websites that enrich the curriculum we explore.

All of this hard work has lead to some frustration because for the most part these tech integrations were one-time affairs. Kind of like a cooking class I once attended. Sure I learned how to make a great almond-crusted salmon under the watchful eye of a Sur
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A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with other users or to change website content, in contrast to non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them.

Basically this means that Web 2.0 tools allow for users to be the creators of content, not just the consumers of content. When you think about critical literacy and the hot catch phrase of 21st Century Literacy, if you are not thinking about empowering your students to create collaborative products for an audience to consume and respond to, you are going to be way behind the curve. Web 2.0 tools like blogs; wikis; moodle; photo sharing services like flickr, presentation tools like Prezi; video sharing tools like YouTube, social bookmarking tools like delicious; and the wonderfully ubiquitous Google Tools like Google Maps, Docs, and Video are (to borrow a phrase from the musician Beck), "Where it's at!" Students of today, specifically just about anyone 10-years-old or older, use some sort of Web 2.0 tool outside of classrooms.
If teachers really want to make school time valuable, we need to embrace the use of Web 2.0 tools for a variety of reasons. I think I can break it down into just three really important reasons. These reasons are intrinsic motivation, authenticity and empowerment.

Motivation

I am big fan of the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He has written many books and

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