Play Web 2.0 Truth AND Dare


Watch this video (hat tip to David Warlick)


In light of this video, I have 20 questions for you, how do you rank?

  1. Do you spend any time talking about proper methods of e-mail?
  2. Do you have a facebook or myspace profile? (I don't?)
  3. I someone wrote about you, is your name hyperlinkable? (Do you have something they can link to?)
  4. Do you know the names of all of your students?
  5. If your students have computers in the classroom, do your students make ongoing eye contact?
  6. Are you unafraid of what would happen if youtube, myspace, and facebook were allowed in your classroom?
  7. Do your students collaboratively create documents?
  8. Do you expect your students to complete their reading assignments?
  9. Do you assign papers and grade them after reading EVERY WORD?
  10. Have you ever given assignment and allowed students to create content on the public world wide web?
  11. Do you allow students to post content WITHOUT premoderation?
  12. If you allow students to post online, do you subscribe to 100% of their content in your RSS reader?
  13. Do you comment on your student blogs?
  14. Is more than 50% of your content relevant “to life?” (Ask your students)
  15. Do all of your students open their textbook for your class on a weekly basis?
  16. Do you give reading assignments that include web content?
  17. Have your students been taught methodologies for assessing the validity of web documents?
  18. Do you give students projects where they must manage themselves, multitask, and deliver a comprehensive output that is relevant to your topic?
  19. Have you changed anything significant about ALL of the courses you are teaching THIS YEAR?
  20. Do you care?

Answer these questions on your blog, in the comments below, privately at your desk. What questions are missing?

Double Dare…

Show this video to your administrator.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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SMeech November 7, 2007 - 6:09 pm

What do you think of Gary Stager’s comments about the video?

. November 7, 2007 - 7:12 pm

I fail #2sapzwt

audrey November 8, 2007 - 2:17 am


1. To whom? No.
2. Yes, I have both, but I did them anonymously to just see what they were about and check up on students to see what they were getting up to. My assumption is that no one who could code their own site would need a myspace account except as a goof.
3. Yes. They could link here.. or at my website
4. Of course, but as I tell them… next year I’ll remember everything about you except your name… so don’t be offended when I can’t tell you your name. I’ll still be able to tell you the funny thing you said, where you sat and how you did.
5. um… when we have the laptops.. sure.
6. Absolutely unafraid, but I would never use myspace or facebook in my classroom. There are better things and I’d use those.
7. Occasionally
8. Of course
9. Only if I’m going to grade them… but if I grade them, I read them.
10. Yes
11. No. District policy
12. I meant to, but I’m so busy okaying their content through moderation that there’s no point to the RSS feed for me.
13. Of course
14. Yes
15. they open something..
16. YES!
17. I could do more.
18. YES
19. My kids are all blogging this year.
20. about what?

Melanie Holtsman November 8, 2007 - 2:41 am

Have already shown to my principal and she is allowing me to show to faculty next week with follow up break out sessions on meeting them where they’re at in web 1.0 and take their personal next steps to 2.0. I’m very excited and so glad to have this video as a tool.

Rick Biche November 8, 2007 - 3:00 am

I’ll start with Double Dare. My administrator, new to web 2.0, and in my blogging professional development workshop, called me into his office to show me a YouTube video he found. I was so proud when he showed me the very same video! He then went on to show the video during our staff meeting and asked for comments. Your list of questions should be a good conversation starter.

Jackie November 8, 2007 - 12:02 am

Well, I didn’t do too well on most of the questions. Do I care? Yes. Am I working on it? Yep, but I’m not trying to do everything at once. I am trying though.

As for the double dare, does showing it to the school academic tech coordinator count?

Brian B November 8, 2007 - 4:36 am

I took the Dare…and it wasn’t pretty.

Paul Wilkinson November 8, 2007 - 7:10 am

Sorry I just need to point out that you have asked 20 questions not 10. I’m not sure of the importance of any of the questions except numbers 4 18 minus the word multitask and number 20. These three are the important ones in my mind. My answer to those three questions is yes.

Brenda Muench November 10, 2007 - 1:29 am

I also took the dare. I would love to use these questions as conversation starters too.

Here are my answers:

NJTechTeacher November 12, 2007 - 11:01 pm

I answered your questions on my blog, take a look when you get a chance. Let me know if you have any questions. NJ Tech Teacher Musings

Anonymous November 13, 2007 - 11:54 pm

i really like this video. we originally watched it in my C&I class. i think it brings up several great points on what students choose to spend their time on. also it makes several great points on just how much is expected of students in the accidemic sense. overall i think it was well done and makes a great statement. i wonder if it were shown on a network news program the type of reaction it would get.

libertyturtle October 27, 2010 - 5:11 am

i think i already failed.

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