School administrators are debating the role of popular 2.0 Web tools, such as social-networking sites and the editable Web pages known as wikis, in the classroom, a survey by the Consortium for School Networking suggests.
More than half the 1,200 superintendents, technology directors, and curriculum directors surveyed said that collaborative Web tools have had a positive impact on students’ work. And nearly two-thirds reported that use of Web technologies had helped students take control of their learning.
However, administrators are also wrestling with safety issues, how to use the tools efficiently and effectively, and whether to limit students’ use of the technology, according to the survey.
A version of this article appeared in the May 13, 2009 edition of Education Week