The Web 2.0 applications hold profound potentials in education because of their open nature, ease of use and support for effective collaboration and communication. They change the traditional view of human knowledge and open up more opportunities in teaching and learning. Today, many teachers are exploring the use of Web 2.0 tools into teaching and learning. However, many researchers agree that studies of teachers’ perceptions and opinions are critical because teachers’ perceptions are significant to the implementation of technology innovations in teaching and learning. About nine months ago, Patrivan Yuen and I conducted a study on teachers’ use and perceptions of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning. It was our hope that the findings of this study would provide useful information that enable administrators and teacher educators to better understand teachers’ use and perceptions of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning. Consequently, a well focused course or training program for pre and in-service teachers integrating Web 2.0 technologies in education could be design, developed, and implemented.
Last week, I presented this study in a concurrent session at the 2010 SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) Conference in San Diego. This presentation examines teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in education, assesses their awareness and perceptions of the pedagogical benefits of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning, and investigates their interests and willingness of adopting Web 2.0 tools to support and supplement classroom instruction. Below is our presentation. Please feel free to provide any comments and suggestions. Thanks.