I taught a Web 2.0 workshop to about 25 Illinois educators today. Most of the people in the room were school administrators, along with a few teachers. I used a wiki that I had created to teach such concepts as Blogging, Wikis, RSS, 21st Century Skills, Internet-based Surveys, Personal Learning Networks, and Screencasting.
Overall, I was quite pleased with how the day went, and I had so much fun working with this terrific group of educators. I hope that the participants took some good information home with them, and I really hope they will use the tools in their professional and personal lives. At the end of the day, I asked for some constructive feedback regarding the workshop, and what I read on their evaluations will definitely help me as I plan for the next time I teach this workshop in February.
Throughout the day, I was asked questions about the logistics of using Web 2.0 technology with parents and families. The participants of this workshop raised some very good points regarding the roadblocks they may face as they attempt to move to a digital form of communication with their school communities. I had trouble answering a number of their questions, and I have a lot to think about in the coming weeks and months.
I am posting this poll to see what people consider as the main roadblock educators encounter when attempting to use blogs, wikis, and other internet tools with students and parents. Please take a moment to answer the poll.
P.S. If you check “Other” please leave a comment to share what you are thinking about.