Web 2.0 Tools:<br />Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way messages spread across the Web. Web 2.0 tools such as weblogs, RSS, video casting, social bookmarking, social networking, podcasts and picture sharing sites are becoming more and more popular. One major advantage of Web 2.0 tools is that the majority of them are free.<br />There are a large number of Web 2.0 tools, some of the more popular ones are:<br />
Using Web 2.0 Tools:<br />Many people will have already used some of these Web 2.0 tools, and a good way to explain the concept of Web 2.0 tools is to consider an example of how they can be used.<br />Blogs <br />They may then decide to comment about this audio review on their Blogger or Word press blog. A blog or Weblog is a chronological, online diary. Individuals can subscribe to a person's blog, which allows them to read it and to write comments in response to blog posts.<br />Social Networking<br />People who visit the bookmark site for this 'games review' tag are likely to see your bookmark. As more people find your bookmark and comment on it, you'll find yourself part of a collection of people who have a shared interest in video games - You are now 'social networking' and this is why some social bookmark sites like Digg are also classed as social networking sites.<br />Social Bookmarking<br />This individual may decide that they would like more people to be able to see and remark on the blog post. They could do this by submitting the blog post to a social bookmarking site like Del.icio.us. Social bookmarking sites are Web sites that allow shared lists of user-created Internet bookmarks to be displayed and commented on.<br />INTEL PROGRAMS<br />Intel teach program worldwide:<br />The Intel Teach Program improves teacher effectiveness through professional development, helping teachers integrate technology into their lessons and promoting students' problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. With more than 9 million teachers trained in over 60 countries, Intel Teach is the largest, most successful program of its kind.<br />Intel Offerings:<br />
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PROJECT BASED APPROACHES<br />In project based approaches (PBL), teachers explore the characteristics and benefits of project based learning. Teachers consider their own teaching practices as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning who discusses strategies with a mentor teacher. They also consider the ways that technology supports project-based approaches. <br />In this module, participants explore the principles of project-based learning. They learn about the differences between a project-based approach and conventional teaching, and review the research-based benefits of project-based learning. In this process participants begin thinking about designing their own projects. They are introduced to the four major steps of project design and apply these steps to consider their own learning goals, Curriculum-Framing Questions, assessment, and student activities.<br />21st Century Skills<br />21st Century skills include personal and social responsibility, planning and critical thinking, reasoning and creativity, strong communication skills for both interpersonal and presentation needs. It also includes visualizing and decision making capacity, knowing how and when to use the technology and choosing the best one for the task. Solving highly complex problems requires that students have both fundamental skills that includes reading, writing and math and digital age skills (team work, time management, utilizing high tech tools). With this combination of skills students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled teacher. By bringing real-life context and technology to the curriculum through a project-based learning approach, students are encouraged to become independent workers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners<br />