Ideas for using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom
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  • Digital literacy – information literacy, critical thinking on the webMedia literacy – questioning and challenging sources, who has made/written this, who for, why – don’t believe everything you see/read etc.analyse media and interpret just like text Have a look at some new technologies and evaluate how/if they can support 21st Century learning and foster these important skills
  • What might good practice look like? When should we use ICT when should we not use ICT?Enable e.g. time lapse film of mould growingEnrich e.g. control software to animate modelsEnhance e.g. drafting, refining, editing, publishingIf the use of ICT did not enrich or enhance the lesson, or enable children to learn more effectively, then consider what purpose was served.In your opinion did the use of technology support children’s subject learning or impede it?
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  • A number of tools from wikis to blogs. Depends on whether you’d want the children to work in small groups setting up their own blogs about an individual composer, or class contribute as a whole and by doing so generate an information database. This approach would suit a wiki approach as different pages could be set up on a number of composers. The advantage of using a wiki or a blog is the children can add media files such as digital images, sound or music files – assuming you’re not breaching copyright laws.The potential benefits fall into many categories:Increased motivation and attitude towards learningCollaborative allows a number of children to be involvedEasy access at home and schoolExtends engagement of child beyond school gatesAllows for personalisation and creativityMore effective and efficient means of communicating ideas includes the ability to alter formatsDevelops children’s thinking skills along with reading and writing capabilitiesProvides feedback (from within computer program and from peers)Provisional nature – ability to change things easilyMultimodal – you can add a range of digital items and toolsNon-linear (if its not a story) the use of hyperlinks will allow for changes in direction to suit the reader3. Main characteristic that allows digital text to be changed is its provisional nature. Text, images can be cut, copied and pasted between programs. Useful when considering the needs of audience – you can make a text simpler for younger children and include more images for example.4. Supporting children’s work both at home and at school means that similar facilities (software, computer, internet) must be available in both locations. You may need to exchange files between them, or use collaborative tools e.g. on internet or school MLE. Ensure safeguarding of children is also considered and fully addressed.


  • 1. An introduction to Web 2.0 toolsfor the classroom
  • 2. How can we support 21st Century learners?• Build digital literacy: ▫ Information literacy ▫ Media literacy ▫ ICT literacy• Use tools to encourage collaboration, teamwork, networking• Support effective communication• Provide learning opportunities that are: ▫ ubiquitous  whenever, wherever & beyond the classroom ▫ authentic ▫ engaging and contextual.• Find out about Partnership 21 a U.S. national organisation that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.
  • 3. Rationale and justification Did the use of ICT: ENABLE children to experience or achieve outcomes that would otherwise not be possible. ENRICH subject learning ENHANCE children’s work
  • 5. Collaboration• Primary Pad – real time collaboration!• Wikis – a wiki about wikis! A wiki is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used collaboratively by multiple users.• Example class wiki
  • 6. Collaborate & CommunicateBlogging is the posting of journal-likepages to a website.Winner of Education Blog Awards 20126D’s Blog• Voicethread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
  • 7. is an online notice board maker. useful for keeping notes, making announcements or discussing topics.• like a real notice board - drag, drop and re-arrange posts.• add images, music, video and page attachments.• is now called Padlet• Example wall• Registration is required if you wish to build your own wall but pupils do not have to sign up in order to post a sticky note.
  • 8. Wallwisher - Ideas for the classroom• Brainstorming• Collect ideas for exploration ▫ e.g. ‘what do we need to learn about..’• What do you think about?• Feedback/self reflection ▫ e.g. How could we/I improve….• Share resources/links• Create a plenary wall• Give out tasks/homework ▫ Parents can see online• Book reviews
  • 9. More Wallwisher ideas• Make personal commitments ▫ e.g. PSHE, Citizenship• Where were you born ▫ add images/links to Google maps• Create a wall of images for children to research/identify• International messages ▫ Parents can add greetings/messages in their own language• Thank you, special messages or ‘people mention’ wall ▫ e.g. special people, local community links• Suggestion wall ▫ e.g. school council, library books, class trips etc.• Personal targets/ambitions• Research summaries – can you do it with one image and two sentences?!• Colleagues and pupils can share and collaborate.
  • 10. Word Clouds How could you use a word cloud in your classroom?
  • 11. Create a word cloud• Go to• Try one of the shapes if you need inspiration.• Remember you can copy & paste text.• You have 5 minutes!Stuck for ideas?• Google ‘types of mammal’ or ‘list of UK birds’• List of fruits or vegetables• Create a quick spelling list here: ▫
  • 12. Ideas for word clouds• Introduce a new topic• Consolidation of topic/unit of work ▫ pupils can create their own clouds or they can be given them to use• Guess the story/book ▫ is it fiction or non-fiction ▫ what is it going to be about ▫ what genre• Character word cloud• Spelling lists ▫ Children can create their own clouds of spelling lists with preferred colours, orientation, fonts etc.• New/challenging vocabulary ▫ look at words in the cloud with a dictionary
  • 13. More ideas forword clouds• Examine a famous speech Who’s is this??• Turn pupils writing into a poster• Compare and contrast tool ▫ e.g looking at bias - compare the same news story from different newspapers (online) newspapers - how do the words used differ?• Self-reflection on work ▫ Word clouds make words larger the more frequently they are used, pupils will be able to see at a glance which words or phrases they are over-using. Are they using the word Nice or Good too often?• Encouraging creative writing from a selection of key words from a word cloud• Class survey - a different way of data handling!I’m sure you can think of many more…!
  • 14. Avatars account needed) account needed) could you make use of Avatars in the classroom?
  • 15. Ideas for using Avatars in the classroom• To represent users in virtual spaces• PSHE & citizenship – to de-personalise issues• Animated avatars useful for practising languages & teacher instructions• Make own avatar and use in a personal profile listing hobbies, interests and goals.• Make own avatar with background and accessories which represent their interests.• Print out avatars with the pupil’s name underneath and use for classroom displays.• Make avatars of characters from a book, film or play the class is looking at.• Make avatars and write a story about them.• Design an avatar and convert the image into an artwork. It could be used in a screen printing activity, painting or drawing.• Use as a character in a game or animation such as flash or scratch.• Print out the avatar and pin the joints to make it movable. This could be used as a puppet or could be brought to life in a stop motion animation.• Make a 3-D interpretation of your avatar in clay or construction materials.• Simpsonise me!
  • 16. Multimedia presenting• Animoto - a tool that allows users to easily incorporate images, text, and music into web based videos.• Prezi - is zooming sketches on a digital napkin. Its visualisation and storytelling without slides.• Glogster – an online multimedia poster creation tool• Voki - a free service that allows you to create speaking avatars. MFL Example Voki (scroll down the page)• Blabberize – a blabber is a talking picture! Examples:
  • 17. Story Creation• Storybird is a fun collaborative tool for creating online books. amazing art work for children to use to tell a story is provided.• Zoo Burst is a digital storytelling tool that lets you easily create augmented reality 3D pop-up books.• Mixbook - upload your own digital photos and create a story with them. How about a class year book or class (Tudor) recipe book?• Smile Box is a fun way to make a scrapbook or real book for your classroom. Work online or offline.
  • 18. Images & graphics••••••
  • 19. Other ideas• Timetoast – create a multimedia timeline ▫ Historical/important events, toys, an authors works, comics, personal reading log (over the summer holidays?), diaries, a story’s events etc.• Popplet – ideas, mind maps• Tube Chop - save bits of YouTube videos• Satpin – create a links page for your class• Don’t forget about podcasting, Google Maps & Google Earth, Skype & Twitter!• History Pin – compare what your local area looked like in the past to the present day and discuss how life was different.• Just for fun:
  • 20. Web 2.0 classroomchallenges• E-Safety issues• Pupil conduct online• Public accountability• Traditional ethos of school• Assessment issues• ICT skills of staff• ICT skills of pupils• Infrastructure• Technical & other support
  • 21. Useful resources/links• A-Z Internet Resources for Education•• A wiki all about teaching with web 2.0• Blog about digital resources and online apps• Get into blogging…. Heathfield School Blogging:• Web 2.0 tools ideas & starter sheets here• Resources in Shared Area V302• Just for fun & on the theme of (new) technology……….
  • 22. Self assessment questions• Which collaborative tools could you use to facilitate a piece of writing about a famous composer?• What are the potential benefits of using Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom?• What are the main characteristics that enable digital text to be altered and adapted for different purposes and audiences?• How might you use ICT to support children’s learning at school and at home?