This presentation is an introduction to some of the Web 2.0 tools available to teachers. The tools described can provide us with a way to actively involve our Net Generation students in learning as they collaborate and create relevant content.
Script : Web 2.0 is a term that describes a set of tools that allow users greater collaboration and interaction. Wikis, blogs, podcasts, social networking, and social bookmarking are common terms. The question for us to consider as educators is, “How can we use them in our classes?” Clicking on the links in the middle of the slide will show you some ways Web 2.0 tools are being used in the classroom. A. Classroom Blog B. History wiki C. K-12 podcasts Check out More on Web 2.0 for the classroom teacher for a helpful list of resources.
A blog can be viewed as an interactive online journal. Many blogs report on news events while others offer a personal story or share personal experiences. The capability for readers to leave feedback expands the interactivity of a blog. Setting up a blog is usually as easy as filling out a simple short form. The titanic blog link shows a blog set up by a 4 th grade teacher where her students describe why they are proud to be Missourians. The Sarah Plain and Tall blog is used to teach the literary elements in the novel. Blogical Minds is set up to serve as a class webpage with the students as the blogicians. . Students can use blogs as a means of self-expression. If they post a blog they will receive feedback from readers. If they read a blog they can give their own feedback to the author. For many students blogs remove some of the physical obstacles they face in writing longhand. The Blog Resources link provides lots of information on educational blogs.
A wiki is a collaborative written document. Anyone can add or edit information within the wiki. Depending on the host site, wikis can be public or open to anyone, or private, restricted to members of a group. Wikis can be used in any subject area for a variety of purposes: A. Terry the Tennis Ball uses a wiki for creative writing. B. What is it? uses a wiki as the host for a shapes game. . Wikis can be used to continue class discussion in any subject area. They can also be useful when students need additional time to work on any sort of collaborative project. The teacher can easily see who contributes and what their contributions are. One easy site for creating a wiki is wikispaces. Just create an account and follow the step by step instructions. A. Blogger.com B.Wetpaint.com are sites that host wikis and are friendly enough for classroom use.
A podcast is a video or audio file that is shared and downloaded over the Internet. With a PC or Mac and free software, it's fairly simple for anyone to create audio or video content, even adding a musical bed or sound effects. Podcasts help teachers deliver content students can hear and provide an alternate means for staff development Students can create a podcast to share with a much broader real-world audience. This gives students an authentic purpose and the motivation to create a product. Putting together an audio recording is a cross-curricular learning experience in itself. Check out the educational podcasts by clicking the links. There are many more available.
We’ve all heard of MySpace and Facebook even if we don’t quite understand what they are. These sites are virtual communities where users can communicate and interact across great distances. They provide a context for students to learn skills they will need in the workplace: collaboration, team building, and problem solving. E-learning journeys is an excellent blog describing the benefits of social networking sites in education. Classroomn is an easy to use social network site designed just for educators. The social networking wiki has a list of links for anyone who would like to explore using social networking in the classroom.
Users can save links to web pages they want to visit again on social bookmarking sites. These links can be organized and shared using metatags. The bookmarks are usually public, but they can be saved privately, shared only with specific people or groups, or shared only within a network such as a school. For users, social bookmarking can be useful to access a consolidated set of bookmarks from a number of locations through different computers. Social bookmarking also allows users to organize a large number of bookmarks and share them. Teachers often use them to provide resources to their students for a specific topic. The links in the middle of this slide show you some of the ways educators are using social bookmarking sites to enhance their classrooms. If you are interested in learning more, the 2 tutorials provide step by step guidance. The resources contain a great starting point for exploring Web 2.0 tools but any web search will lead to many more resources. Enjoy your adventure.
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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