Moderated Discussion Topics: (add in the folks who will talk on these topics). Put these topics into forum discussions on Classroom 2.0, and allow dialog to take place on them there. Send out an email to the members of Classroom 2.0 and ask them to respond to these questions as well if they would like.
  1. Is Web 2.0 a good fit for education? (Starter Question)
    1. Collaborative skills
    2. Online learning
    3. Differentiated instruction
    4. Apprenticeship learning
    5. "Proactive" education
    6. How community-building and networking relate to education
    7. Why Web 2.0 / Office 2.0 / Collaborative tools likely to be so significant in education
    8. The unfulfilled promise of educational computing for 20 years--is this finally it?
    9. What is "pedagogy," and why is Web 2.0 making waves in schools?
      1. Pedagogy--do you really need technology? The case against technology.
    10. Does Web 2.0 holds the potential for radical change in education?
  2. Is Web 2.0 significant to future student achievement, workplace skills, information literacy, and digital citizenship? (Lead: Sylvia, Anastasia; Notes: Dembo)
    1. The emphasis on pedagogy, as it relates to the acquisition of new skills, and how skills from the educational environment and transferred into a work environment are both items that will be of interest to this group. (team building around academic/work projects, the ability to self-teach and information literacy [critical thinking skills])
    2. Do the skills engendered by Web 2.0 address any of the concerns that businesses have about the skill levels of graduates?
    3. What role does our education system today play in creating the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow who will lead the way to the next wave of technological and business innovation? Are schools still places where creativity and innovation can happen? Were they ever? Could they be different with these new technologies? How would school budgets and funding have to change to fully support this?
  3. Do we need to start teaching "digital citizenship?" (Lead: Kyle, Karen; Notes: Rushton)
    1. Raising the level of the collective intelligence. What role does school and the K-12 educational process in helping young people be better citizens online? Why does that matter?
  4. Is the formal structure of education changing because of online learning, and what roles can Web 2.0 software play in those changes? (Lead: Karen; Notes: Adam)
    1. Wikipedia is the number one educational site on the web, but it is far from authoritative. (Sorry Wikipedia fans) What does that mean about the future of formal education?
    2. What commercialization of education is appropriate, and what commercial organizations will step into the gap?
    3. Will educational institutions be able to accommodate the dramatic changes ahead?
  5. Technology decision-making in schools: The divide between IT and the classroom, and why is it so hard to implement new technologies in education? (Lead: Guillaume, Sylvia, Kyle; Notes: Anastasia)
    1. What is the “lay of the land” with regards to who makes decisions in educational technology. How does new technology get adopted in schools?
    2. What a “technology coordinator” does
    3. The interaction between instructional and IT departments that make implementation more challenging in schools.
  6. How much commercialization should be allowed in the classroom and in the school? (Lead: Steve Dembo, Adam; Notes: Sylvia)
    1. Are sites with advertising allowed?
    2. Are web 2.0 tools that rely on advertising for revenue a good fit for the education market?
    3. What are alternative models that have worked? Oracle Google?
  7. The conflict between school security issues and the innovative technologies of Web 2.0 (Lead: Kyle, Adam; Notes:
    1. Content-creation sites provide the opportunity to contribute but also debasing of material
    2. Security
    3. Safety
    4. Filtering
    5. Why have/are/will social networks gone from the "must block" to the "must have"--or have they?
    6. Why it matters and why it should matter to business innovators to make sure their technology is accessible, safe, and available in education.
  8. Publicly shared lives: how transparent should students lives be, and is it appropriate for students to be "clickable?" (Lead: Anastasia, Karen; Notes: Guillaume)
    1. Is there an age at which this changes?
  9. The training gap: professional development and rapid technological change. How do we train a huge workforce in skills that are just being understood? (Lead: Rushton, Sylvia; Notes: Kyle)
    1. Letting educators themselves help to identify the needs and resources (very Web 2.0)
    2. Too many new tools? How do we deal with this?
  10. How important is equitable access to technology, and do the tools of Web 2.0 change that? (Lead: Steve, Adam, Rushton, Karen; Notes: Sylvia)
    1. What role can the business world play in making this change?
    2. How web-based applications level the playing field with anytime, free access to your stuff in places like classrooms, computer labs, public libraries, and after school computer centers. How do we make sure that everyone has it?