Approaching the end of a wonderful rendezvous in Web 2.0 universe, I can categorically state that one thing is for sure. The ever prevalent need for change, development and improvement is the only constant thing and in our world and WEB2.0 is that change in the new spheres of Education.
Now files can be sent over thousand of miles in split seconds, teachers across the world can share ideas in live web-casts and webinars, documents can be simultaneously edited by two different people in two different continents. All thanks to WEB2.0, contemporary approach to Education is constantly evolving.
However, much of this major technological advancements are not been utilized as expected seeing that they have brought the teaching and learning process closer to touch and the learning process especially has never been easier and more fun. Most Educational Institutions, especially those in the under-developed and developing countries seem to be lagging in the adoption and utilization of new technological education resources.
The answer may not be far-fetched from the fact that availability of supporting resources such as a good and effective internet may not be as readily available as it is in developed countries. However, in light of the fact that Education poses as the bedrock/foundation of the socio-economic future of many a national entities, priorities have to be placed on ultimate necessities such as developing scopes, structure and schematics of the Educational Sector and in our present world, the future of Education rests on understanding and application of relevant Web 2.0 tools.
Firstly, prospective stakeholders have to be introduced to the most effective tools, relevant to their distinctive areas of practice. Resources such as Prezi, Yammer, Blogs & Blogging, Glogster, Google Docs & Drive, Dropbox, etc are major tools which will in no small measure accelerate development and improvement of the Teaching and Learning process.
Next, the involved parties will need to be professionally introduced to each of the selected tools, what they do, the functions they carry out and their ‘Modus-Operandi’.
An important element to note at this point is that the unequivocal importance of these elements to the smooth running and development of the Educational Sector and the Learning processes will have to be fully stressed and expatiated. Reason been that humans may naturally be resistant to change and changing trends. However when light is thrown on the significance of this new element, consensus will be reached, both internal and external and this will go a long way to cement the desire for improvement.
In totality, there is the rising need for Educators and Education leaders to
perform their statutory roles in the most easy, but also most effective means. This cannot be achieved without the implementation of Web 2.0 tools, even as they have become the yardsticks of quality management and assessment in Educational bodies and institutions around the world.
Positive Change must be accepted, for good results to manifest.