Teachers drive adoption of Web 2.0 technologies. The finding comes from a survey of district technology directors that was commissioned by Lightspeed Systems Inc. and Thinkronize/netTREKKER as a part of their “Safe Schools in a Web 2.0 world” initiative.
- The three most frequently cited reasons for adopting Web 2.0 technologies are: addressing students’ individual learning needs, engaging student interest, and increasing students’ options for access to teaching and learning.
- Online communications with parents and students (e.g., teacher blogs) and digital multimedia resources are the Internet technologies most widely used by teachers, and a majority of districts have plans for adopting these technologies or promoting their use.
- Teacher-generated online content (e.g., multimedia lessons, wiki-based resources) is likely to be the next area of growth in the use of Web 2.0 technologies. Almost half of districts have plans for adopting or promoting the creation and sharing of this content through Web 2.0 tools.