Enhancing Literacy Using Web 2


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Enhancing Literacy Using Web 2

  1. 1. Enhancing Literacy using Web 2.0 Western Puerto Rico TESOL Conference Prof. Arlinda López University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla 4/18/2009 1
  2. 2. Objectives Discuss what is literacy in the 21st century. Discuss what is Web 2.0. Identify and describe educational uses of various Web 2.0 online tools. Provide examples of various Web 2.0 online tools used for educational purposes. Practice using various Web 2.0 online tools. 4/18/2009 2
  3. 3. Literacy in the 21st Century How do you define literate? • ability to read and write (merriam-webster.com) • able to read and write (answers.com) • ability to read and write (UNESCO.org) 4/18/2009 3
  4. 4. Literacy in the 21st Century How is literacy defined in the 21st Century? • expanded notion of “literacy” • core are the basic higher-order critical and creative thinking skills • knowing how to identify key concepts • how to make connections between multiple ideas • how to ask pertinent questions • formulate a response • identify fallacies 4/18/2009 4
  5. 5. Literacy in the 21st Century -Students need to explore, to question, to experiment, to discover! -Teacher role is to be a “guide on the side:” encouraging . . . guiding . . mentoring . . . supporting the learning process. -Learning needs to be engaging and active. The information age is why a new way of learning is critical in the 21st century. 4/18/2009 5
  6. 6. Literacy in the 21st Century “Literacy today depends on understanding the multiple media that make up our high-tech reality and developing the skills to use them effectively”. -( Solomon & Schrum, 2007) 4/18/2009 6
  7. 7. What is Web 2.0? 2nd generation of the World Wide Web: especially the movement away from static web pages to dynamic and shareable content. Aims to facilitate creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social- networking sites, wikis, and blogs. 4/18/2009 7
  8. 8. Web 2.0 Online Tools Blogs Wikis Social networks Social bookmarking micro-blogging 4/18/2009 8
  9. 9. Blogs in Plain English 4/18/2009 9
  10. 10. Why blog? Web + log= blog Blogs have permitted anyone with a computer, the ability to type and an Internet connection to become a published author! Blogs can be a personal diary: a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a web page. http://weblogg-ed.com/ - Will Richardson discussed the use of Web logs in education. http://puntoactivo.blogspot.com/ - Sandra Perez created blog for teachers of Puerto Rico. 4/18/2009 10
  11. 11. Wikis in Plan English 4/18/2009 11
  12. 12. Why use wikis? Wikis – invites participation at a level of input that will contribute to the understanding and application of the information shared. Uses collaborative writing- writing that depends on the participation of several for its completion and success. Wikis allow authoring and editing where every change is captured and the process of the final product is tracked. Teachers set the goals for each stage of writing and the synthesis takes place through the process. 4/18/2009 12
  13. 13. Why use wikis? Wikis “promote evaluating, synthesizing, elaborating, analyzing, problem solving, decision making, knowledge base construction, argumentation/justification, and learning communities” (Reynard, 2009). Wikis enable student to collaborate within a share, openly accessible digital space. 4/18/2009 13
  14. 14. Social Bookmarking in Plain English 4/18/2009 14
  15. 15. What is social bookmarking? Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet. In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. Delicious Bookmarking 4/18/2009 15
  16. 16. Let’s see some examples! Blogs http://connectingtoweb20.blogspot.com/ http://123elearning.blogspot.com/2006/02/supporting- literacy-with-technology.html http://thestorytellersblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/flower.html Wikis http://edpe3018.pbwiki.com/Synchronous- Interaction_Collaboration-with-Skype http://nmsu-otl.pbwiki.com/Student-Adobe-Connect- Rooms 4/18/2009 16
  17. 17. Let’s see some examples! Social Bookmarking http://delicious.com/arli2u 4/18/2009 17
  18. 18. Let’s create our own! Blog Blogger Wiki PB Wiki Social Bookmarking Delicious 4/18/2009 18
  19. 19. Q&A Prof. Arlinda Lopez prof.a.lopez@gmail.com 4/18/2009 19
  20. 20. Conclusion Web 2.0 tools can help students enhance their literacy skills for the 21st century. I encourage you to use these online tools. Blogs can be used as personal journals or group journals. They can provide a space for storytelling and for reflection. Wikis will provide a space for collaboration and group brainstorming. Groups can create stories together and share with others. Social bookmarking will allow students to share the wealth of information they find on the Net. 4/18/2009 20
  21. 21. References Anderson, P. (2007). What is web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education. Retrieved on April 11, 2009 from http://www.scribd.com/doc/300024/What-is- web-20-Ideas-technologies-and-implications-Paul- Anderson Blake Yancey, K. (2009). Writing in the 21st century. Retrieved on April 11, 2009 from http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Press/Yancey_fin al.pdf Solomon, G. & L. Schrum. (2007). Web 2.0: New tools, new schools. Washington, D.C.: International Society of Technology in Education. 4/18/2009 21
  22. 22. References Reynard, R. (2009). Why wikis?. Retrieved on April 11, 2009 from http://www.thejournal.com/the/printarticle/?id=24279 Reynard, R. (2009). 3 Challenges to wiki use in instruction. Retrieved on April 11, 2009 from http://www.thejournal.com/the/printarticle/?id=24206 4/18/2009 22