But there also has to be a recognition that the stuff that was going on
in 1996 and 1997 was small and grew far too slowly. We are now seeing a
revolution because the ideas are spreading so much more quickly. Does
that discount what has come before? No, absolutely not, but it doesn’t
change the power of now. After all, Marx was nowhere without the ideas
of Hegel, right?
In the end, I do worry about the hype-factor with a lot of these
tools… and that’s why I do think it is incredibly important to keep
asking "What’s good" instead of "What’s new?" It’s also why it’s so
important to talk in terms of what we want to do, rather than the tools
we want to use. Steve Dembo talked about this recently in his post: Shiny Happy Tools when he wrote:
So what does this mean for educators? Simply this: Don’t
get married to the tools in your toolbox. A hammer is a hammer is a
hammer. So what if you really like the steel one with the yellow
handle? At some point that one might disappear and you better be ready
to pick up a new one. Need to cut a board but can’t find a saw? Time to
get creative my friend. If you are willing to concentrate on what your
actual needs are, you’ll find plenty of tools at hand for about every
We have incredible tools at our disposal. They are fun to use, but what
we need to now do is start asking ourselves the harder question —
"What is that we want our students to do and be and what are the tools
— Web 2.0 and traditional — that we need to help our students achieve
their and our goals?"
And if you still have time, go visit the original blog–David Warlick’s–for an interesting discussion about what Web 2.0 means to all of us and if the label really matters.