Here are real teachers using blogs, wikis, and podcasts integrated with
their required curriculum.
Web 2.0 tools engage today’s students and challenge them to develop skills in collaboration and problem-solving that will transfer to the workplace. More on Web 2.0 for the classroom teacher
To blog or not to blog? A blog is a web site maintained by an individual who makes regular entries that can include text, graphics, audio, and video. Readers can leave comments thus making a blog interactive. The following links lead to blogs in use in classrooms: Titanic blog Sarah Plain and Tall Blogical Minds Blog resources
Will wikis work for me? A wiki is a web page or series of pages that allow anyone to add or edit content.
Uses for wikis within the classroom:
Group projects: Students research, outline, draft, and edit projects
Assignments: Post homework, calendars, study guides
Resource Collections: Organize articles, websites, audio/ video resources
Group FAQ: Students post and respond to questions on a given topic
Parent Involvement: Give parents classroom news
Terry the Tennis Ball What is it? Wikispaces
Podcasting A podcast is a video or audio file that is shared and downloaded over the Internet. Classroom uses: Lessons for students to listen to for knowledge, Provide staff development for teachers. Students create podcasts Popular educational podcasts: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/default.aspx http://storynory.com/ http://www.mathgrad.com/ Willow Radio
Social Networking Social networking sites build online communities through a variety of interactive communication tools such as chat and instant messaging. They provide an easy way for people to connect. Schools need to reflect the larger world so students can learn the collaborative skills they will need to succeed in the workplace. Social networking sites can function as online classrooms. Collaboration, research, discussion, and socialization continue beyond the walls of the classroom. E-learning journeys Classroomn social networking wiki
Web sites that let users search, store, organize, and share their bookmarks by
using tags are called social bookmarking sites.
Allow yourself and your students to share bookmarks on research topics.
Collaborate on projects with other schools, sharing bookmarks
Examples from real classrooms:
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