As I was out for my walk, I turned a corner and ended up behind a garbage truck (not a good idea). I watched as the man on the back who was emptying the garbage cans was talking on his cell phone. He held the phone with one hand and emptied the garbage can bag by bag with his other hand. If he had used two hands, he could have dumped the whole can quickly but instead he took much time per garbage can. I had ended up behind a truck about two weeks ago and I could barely pass it since the worker was fast; this time I passed the truck with a few quick steps.
This man may be connected and in a social network but he is not being productive. How does Web 2.0, the social network, allow our students to learn and be productive? How do what the students say/write/produce using Web 2.0 connect with their in-depth learning instead of turning in non-productive purely socializing?
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