Lamar University College of Educational Educational Leadership Beaumont, TX Web 2.0 Tools to Support Engaged LearningSheryl Abshire, Ph.D.Kay Abernathy, Ed.D.Diane Mason, Ph.D.Cindy Cummings, Ed.D.
Web 2.0/Literacy• K-12 & higher ed are huge consumers of dynamic user- centered Web 2.0 resources.• K-12 classrooms & higher ed students using a wealth of Web 2.0 resources across subject areas.• Web 2.0 resources are available to students and teachers to create engaged interactive learning environment.• King (2011) observed students’ culture has dramatically changed• To align with student’s world, educators have altered their pedagogical approaches.
Web 2.0/Literacy• New pedagogical approaches are student centered and are in response to the cultural and literacy demands of the information age.• Solomon and Schrum (2007) defined literacy today “acquiring new skills, including those of using technology, understanding science, having global awareness, and most important, having the ability to keep learning” (p.20).• Consequently, we have seen huge strides made in contributing to the growth of literacy with the use of Web 2.0 tools.
Web 2.0 Research• Enables interaction and collaboration (Parker & Chao, 2007; Tapscott & Williams, 2008)• One-fifth of US higher education students actively contributing content to blogs, wikis, photo or video websites and 18% contributed regularly to at least three of these (OECD, 2009)• Relatively new paradigm which enables contributions and communication (Mills, 2007)
Web 2.0 Tools• EdShelf• Google Tools, Slideshare, AudioBoo• DropBox, DropVox, & MediaFire• Web Conferencing, Skype, Google Talk/Chat Hangouts• Animoto, Podcasts, Stykz, Audacity, Wordle, Tagxedo• Assistive Technologies• YouTube, TeacherTube, SchoolTube, YouTube Education• WikiSpaces, Blogger, WordPress• EdTech Toolbox• Best Web 2.0 Tools
Questions: Web 2.0 Tools• What Web 2.0 tools and resources impact the way you learn, communicate, and assess growth?• How are you currently using Web 2.0 personally and/or with students?
edshelfEdshelf is a directory of digital tools for educators• www.edshelf.com• Discover new tools• See what other educators use• Rate and review your favorite tools
DropboxWhat is Dropbox?• Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.• 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.• Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.• Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry• Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.• Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).• Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.
DropboxYour stuff is safe• Dropbox protects your files without you needing to think about it.• Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work.• Any changes can be undone, and files can be undeleted.• Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption. Price Title Capacity Free Basic 2gb storage $9.99/month Pro 50 50gb storage $19.99/month Pro 100 100gb storage
eBlogger• A blog gives you your own voice on the web. It’s a place to collect and share things that you find interesting— whether it’s your educational thinking, political commentary, a personal diary, or links to web sites you want to remember.• Many people use a blog just to organize their own thoughts, while others command influential, worldwide audiences of thousands.• Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news, while personal journalers reveal inner thoughts.• Example: Dr. Kay Abernathy http://kabernathy.blogspot.com/?view=timeslide#!/
Google Docs• Google Docs is one of many cloud computing document-sharing services.• The majority of document-sharing services require user fees, whereas Google Docs is free.• Its popularity is growing due to enhanced sharing features and accessibility.• Google Docs has enjoyed a rapid rise in popularity among students and educational institutions
Google Docs• Google Docs is Googles "software as a service" office suite.• Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email.• Documents can be saved to a users local computer in a variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Microsoft Office).• Documents are automatically saved to Googles servers to prevent data loss, and a revision history is automatically kept so past edits may be viewed .
Google Docs• Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes.• Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst in real time.• Documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time.• Users cannot be notified of changes, but the application can notify users when a comment or discussion is made or replied to, facilitating collaboration.
Cloud Computing Professional Eportfolio Samples - Google• Sara Tarragona http://www.sites.google.com/site/sarabaragona/• Janette Hill https://sites.google.com/site/janettehilleportfolio• Pamela Comer https://sites.google.com/site/visionforedtechleadersh ip/final-comprehensive-exam
Cloud Computing Samples• Marie Grigsby https://sites.google.com/site/mariegrigsby/• Matthew Kitchens https://sites.google.com/site/gradesandupgrades/home• Paula Brewton https://sites.google.com/site/brewtonsinternshipportfolio/
Cloud Computing Professional Eportfolio Samples - Google Teacher Collaboration• Kathy Payne, Erin Cobb, Michelle Barber https://sites.google.com/site/science2project/home