Web 2.0 offers my Social Studies classes a wonderful opportunity to experience history as it happens. Through blogging and tweeting, a student is able to experience events in real time. The reporters of events are direct participants in the events taking place. There is no middle man to filter the news or information.For Social Studies students, an added component to this media, is the opportunity for students to interact with the witnesses of history and to ask questions. This offers the students a sense of ownership of and participation in history-making events. The student is no longer a passive participant of history. This opportunity reinforces the values of a democracy.
Goals for the use of Web 2.0 in the classroom:
Access blogs which would reinforce the daily class materials
Access union blogs during industry strikes
Access business blogs which are posting current financial news
To demonstrate social media’s affect on history and business
Answer the question: Does social media allow the individual’s voice to be heard?