The culture of learning is changing, and technology is playing a major role in the transformation. Educators and students are altering the very nature of the classroom experience by increasingly turning to technology as an integral component of learning. Wikis, blogs, twitters, social networking, and the near infinite resources of web are contributing in the expansion of this tool. So where do you start learning how to integrate technology into your classroom as well as how to use it for your ongoing professional development? And how do you stay current with the almost daily changes in the technology landscape?
This article originally published on 5/27/2009 by Douglas Cruickshank
What exactly is Web 2.0? Good question. It's a broad, vague term you'll come across often. It's tossed around casually, sometimes hyperbolically, and at other times with actual meaning attached. "Web 2.0" refers to the so-called second generation of World Wide Web functionality that emphasizes greater collaboration and interactivity.
Some examples of Web 2.0 are social-networking Web sites such as facebook, myspace, classroom 2.0.Video-sharing and photo-sharing sites featuring the ability to exchange comments built in as a social component (youtube, flickr, blogs, and wikis
The possibilities for employing Web 2.0 tools in the classroom and professional-development training are virtually limitless. Want to know more about Web 2.0? Read an article on the subject by Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of the computer-book publisher O'Reilly Media, " What Is Web 2.0? “.
your future students' needs, and your own, motivate your use of new technology tools. Whenever you address technology and its use in the classroom, it's important that you focus on why you're using the technology, Don't just use it for technology's sake. Have a reason.
Web site reviews by teachers This article originally published on 5/27/2009 by Douglas Cruickshank
TeachersFirst.com offers a large, regularly updated assortment of very useful classroom-ready materials. "For teachers who don't know where to start, there are some sites out there, such as Edutopia.org, with a wealth of information. All the reviews are written by teachers, and there's a classroom section in each site review in which we give ideas as to how you can use the site, such as using it as an introductory or in some other specific way.
Curriki as an excellent source for teachers seeking ideas, practical advice, and classroom materials. The site describes itself as "an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them.
Some other web sites such as wiki, blogs…are powerful tools use in the educational system.
A wiki is a web site anyone can modify. The most well-known one is Wikipedia, the vast online encyclopedia. But a wiki can be a single Web page with just two or three people or a single classroom contributing. Wiki content may comprise text, audio, video, photography -- anything you'll find on a Web site. They are terrific for collaborative projects and group communication. this year the wiki was one of our assignment ,and we used this tool for one of our group project. and it was very efficient. Not surprisingly, teachers are using wikis in the classroom with increasing frequency. this is my personal wiki http://rkongolo.wikispaces.com/The+website
A blog is a web space where you soon compile a valuable collection of rich, frequently refreshed resources for ideas and practical help. Reading bloggers is also a fast, easy way to stay abreast of new developments in education and technology before they hit mainstream print and online publications. I have the chance to create and use those two web sites and I can guaranty all readers and future users the efficiency of this technology which have tremendous advantages. Take a look at my personal Blog http://siopathis.blogspot.com/
SOCIAL NET-WORKING WEBSITES This article originally published on 5/27/2009 by Douglas Cruickshank
What is it ?
A social-networking Web site is an online community that enables its members to interact in a variety of ways, including by email and instant messaging and by posting photos, videos, and audio -- and then commenting on them.
Who goes there ?
You can be certain that the majority of students in the upper elementary grades, middle school, and high school are members of one, if not several, of the wildly popular major social-networking sites. But not only youngsters are sign in to on this virtual world. Adults from different age ranch find their interest in this social net-working.
The different types and my point of view
Some of the largest, most well-known ones, such as ( Facebook , MySpace , Classroom 2.0 ). Other, smaller social-networking sites are geared to specific interests, professions, and topics; education is good example. One of the most popular among teachers is Classroom 2.0 . this opportunity is very good very helpful.
Very fashioned and convenient, these social net-working websites allow people to practice their free of speech, communication and expression. However, some of the users push their right and their privilege to some extreme limit, challenging the ethic and the moral conscience.
social networking is so great, because students and teachers can learn at your own convenience and in your own time. For our generation and the future generation, using technology in school or socially is becoming a way of living. We have the tendency to say it is virtual but actually if we look at the context , everything is real; the time spending, the interaction among real living people, and the materials. In other word, technology became an essential tool in our life especially in our education.