Web 2.0 Lessons Learned from an Elementary Teacher
ISTE Unplugged June 30, 2010
Hi everyone. My name is Paula Naugle. I teach fourth graders math and social
studies at Bissonet Plaza. My #1 hobby is learning technology. (Does that make
me a geek? LOL) I have been in this profession for thirty-four years. (Does that
make me old?). Let me share some of my Adventures in Web 2.0 Land.
Demonstrate what you know about a tool when you introduce it, challenge them
to learn more
Students should know minimum requirements up front – consider a rubric
Students must have planned in their journals (storyboard, word problems,
mindmap) before getting on computer
Allow at least 15- 20 minutes of “play time” with new tool (use an online timer)
Students work with a partner so they can help and support each other
Online timer is set so “hot seat” switches every 15 minutes
1, 2, 3, eyes on me.
45 º and hands on knees (this ensures you have everyone’s attention)
Ask 3 before me
All quiet on the set (used when someone is recording)
Students experts – help others, do demos
Allow more time then you think for saving work and shutting down computers
Add one tool at a time as you become comfortable
What are some of your best practices?
I can’t know it all – show students my willingness to be a lifelong learner
Don’t assume they are digital natives.
Show them how to shut down a computer.
Teach them how to save their work in a folder on the desktop
Make sure they save as they work – switching every 15 minutes helps with
Only the person working at the computer is allowed to touch the keyboard
all others must explain what to do, not physically do it
this is hardest one for me to follow
Murphy’s Law comes true
The site you what to use will be down
The district server will go haywire
Bad weather will mess up Skype call
Always have a backup plan
A fun video
Another site you’ve already used
What are some lessons you’ve learned?
Some Tools I’ve Used
• I signed up for a regular VT account and soon found out I could only
create three VTs.
• Get a free educator account – requires a school email address and you
can create 50 VT with the students added to your account.
• Or pay $60/yr for 100 student accounts (students won’t need email) under
your teacher account
• Create student avatars before trying to make comments. It took me two
days to figure this out.
• Open the “curtain” on a comment so others can see or hear it. One of my
students helped me figure this out.
Google Docs http://tinyurl.com/2fu3jmt
• Need to have a Google account to use
• My students are too young to have their own accounts (under 13), so I
signed in with my account on several computers so they could work
• Need to learn how to make dummy Google accounts
• Don’t forget to share docs properly – shared with everyone or by email
• Both callers must have added each other to contacts
• Try to step up a test Skype call to check things out
• Have “hot seats” where students take turns in front of webcom
• Have a student photographer and videographer to record event
• Learn how to use IM on Skype.
• Remember time zone differences
• Bad or loss of connection will happen
• Sign up for a edu account, can have up to 200 students accounts
• Studnets will have a username under teacher’s account and they create
• Setting up their accounts takes time
• They will forget their username and password, so keep a copy handy
• Students will be more comfortable using Glogster than you are
• A private platform that young students without email accounts can access
• Teacher sets up a class and adds students
• Only people who you give class code to get gain access
• Students only need class code for their first login
• Set one easy to remember password for everyone
• Post messages, links, assignments, polls, or upload files or videos
• Students can turn in assignment and you can grade It online (paperless)
• Teacher sees everything that is posted
• Kids love the social “chat” feature
What tools have you used?
Others I’ve used a little or what to learn next year