I just had an interesting day that focused an awful lot — surprise! — on Web 2.0. First, I did a telephone interview with a writer from Texas School Business, who’s writing a piece about Web 2.0 technology and its use in public schools. We talked about the Facebook Phobia I encounter a lot from business people and school officials, the use of social networking and bookmarking sites (or lack thereof) by public schools, and just where we seem to be in the transition that separates print information from digital. A long, great conversation and I’ll be eager to read the story.
Second, Tom Dunn of the New York State Education Department sent out an email to public school folks he knows, asking about their Facebook experiences. It seems the state is investigating the possibility of creating a Facebook page to reach out to students. As Tom writes: “In developing the state technology plan we are doing outreach to all the stakeholder groups. Facebook is jumping out at us as a possible means to hear from kids about technology in education. ” A great idea that I hope comes to fruition. As we’re always saying in my office, “Remember — it’s about the kids.”
The final clincher in this interesting Web 2.0 day — news that a Facebook page has been created to salute U.S. Airways Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot of Flight 1549, which — as we all know now — landed safely in the Hudson River yesterday. I agree with the Facebook fan, one of 55,000 so far, who wrote: “Sully — you rock.”