Last weekend I was reading the Langwitches blog post entitled It's not about the tools, it's about the skills. At my new school this is the first time most teachers and students have been exposed to Web 2.0 tools and questions have obviously arisen as to the benefits of using a computer -v- the benefits of the students handwriting projects on paper (which in many cases has also involved the students downloading photos from the internet and sticking them onto their pages - with no regard to copyright at all!). This post and the excellent graphics show that there is far more to blogs, wikis and other Web 2.0 tools than just typing skills. Of course we are still teaching writing skills, but we are teaching so much more too.
For me one of the main advantage of using Web 2.0 tools, as opposed to some of the applications more familiar to our teachers such as Word or PowerPoint, is that the students can work on these projects from any computer without the need to carry their work around from school to home on USB memory sticks. In addition these tools are more interactive and allow collaboration in a way that is difficult using a simple Word document. Of course I am constantly asking myself "Is IT the best tool for the task?" Most of the time, I have to say the answer is YES!