The article was definitely pro-technology and pushes rather toughly for proper education of pre-service and in-service teachers in security and privacy protocols of technology use in schools. It also addresses the importance of effective programs and applications available to educators.
On Wednesday I experienced 6 presentations on different web 2.0 tools that could be used in the classroom. Of those six I will talk about three; Survey Monkey, PortfolioGen, and MakeBeliefComix. The latter two I had never heard of before. Survey Monkey is a great tool for all kinds of purposes. In the classroom I could see it being used in a variety of ways; such as taking attendance, collaborative work scheduling, quick quizzes, etc. It was a rather limited tool though and very specific. The Next tool was PortfolioGen, this is an online portfolio generator. It has lots of built in tools and options for managing a class portfolio or multiple classes. I will not write it off just yet, I would like to investigate further the applications abilities. What I walked away with from the presentation is that a teacher could present lessons, manage a portfolio collection (students work) etc. This would be useful in an art class where students are expected to take responsibility for their documentation.
The next tool was MakeBeliefComix, super interesting tool. Limited in graphic creativity and length of strip but it is not a drawing program, just an ideation tool. Although the use may be limited it would still be a fun tool to use now and again to further explore ideas.
Overall I learned about 6 tools that I could further explore or look for similar tools when and if I would need them.