What is Web 2.0?The internet as you and I know it, used to its fullpotential to: Connect Communicate Collaborate Create
Why use Web 2.0 in education? A tool-set for enhancing pedagogy: Differentiated curriculum Scaffolding and encouraging higher-order thinking Developing students as ‘independent learners’ Enquiry learning and student as teacher/learner Collaborative learning Engagement and active participation Access to resources beyond the time/space of the traditional classroom
Why use Web 2.0 in education? Real-world relevance: Authentic audience Connected and collaborative learning beyond the classroom Reflects today’s digital society Supports development of skills for a “knowledge economy” Promotes digital literacy and awareness (digital footprint, cyber safety, critical reading, etc) Supports development of skills, attitudes and values for empowerment in 21st century digital world
Our Students’ Future “Increasingly, technology skills are alsocritical to success in almost every arena, and thosewho are more facile with technology will advance while those without access or skills will not.” NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition, p. 4.
Our Students’ Future “learning to collaborate with others andconnect through technology are essential skills in a knowledge based economy.” 2011 Telstra Whitepaper on Education, p. 16.
It’s Not About the ToolsWeb 2.0 in education best practice: Establishes a class online space as an extension of the existing classroom. Maximises time available for active teaching and student thinking and discussion during class time. Applies technology based on pedagogical principles. Uses Web 2.0 to promote higher order thinking, engagement, relevance, real-world connection, enhance teaching and learning, foster digital literacy. Begins with small steps that are well planned and purposeful, followed by reflection and consolidation.
Our Project12 staff on 3 campusesAfter school and full-day workshopsExplored the use of Web 2.0 technologies in theclassroom to enhance learningPedagogical basisIndividual and small-group learning andskilling, followed by applications in the classroomVaried classroom applications based onconfidence, competence, curriculum, class, etc.
What we did...1. Set up a “smart online space” (a website to act as the online home for the class) using Edmodo.2. Introduced the class to the space, its purpose and how to use it (including guidelines for conduct, privacy, etc).3. Began using the online space as an extension of the classroom (homework reminders, handouts, embedded videos, assignments, sharing resources, class activities, student collaboration, continuing discussions about topics outside the classroom, etc).4. Some participants used this space as the starting point for incorporation of other educational Web 2.0 tools.
AGQTP Participant ProjectsSome Inspiration:Use of Edmodo as a platform for various classroom andhomework activitiesOnline presentation of student work (individually and in groups)for authentic global audiencesUse of mind-mapping tools to make thinking visibleCollaborative brainstorming toolsUse of RSS feeds as an efficient learning resourceClass blog project on a specific theme http://ccgweb2project.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/showandtell/
Our ExperienceVaried levels of competence and confidenceTechnical challengesReinforced effective pedagogy and reflection about whatthat isAll participants found that participation was a valuableexperience for themselves and their studentsEnhanced communication between teacher and studentsand amongst studentsHelped make class activities and projects more real, richand relevant for students
Edmodo as a potential“Smart Online Space” for Your Class: General OverviewFurther Tutorials and Support:1. http://help.edmodo.com/?subdomain=ccg 2. http://bit.ly/edmodohelp