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Web 2.0 - What? Why? How? - presentation by Dr Cindy Gunn


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Web 2.0
What? Why? How?

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  • 1. WEB 2.0What? Why? How?
    16 April, 2011
    RAK Chapter / TAEDTECH SIG Event
  • 2. What is Web 2.0?
    Term popularized by Tim O’Reilly to describe changes in functions and features of the Web.
    Allows users to be more involved in contributing and interacting with the web.
  • 3. Examples of Web 2.0 Services
    Social Networking
    Video Sharing
    Photo Sharing
    Social Bookmarking
  • 4. Benefits of using Web 2 with your students
    Brings material ALIVE
    Warschauer, Shetzer & Meloni, 2004
  • 9. Authenticity:
    24-hour access to vast amounts of authentic material
    authentic communication and publishing opportunities
  • 10. Literacy:
    The ability to read, write, communicate, research, and publish on the Internet represents important new forms of literacy needed in the 21st century.
  • 11. Interaction:
    Interaction is the major means of acquiring a language and gaining fluency.
    Opportunities for students to interact with native and nonnative speakers from around the world both synchronously and asynchronously.
  • 12. Vitality:
    “Too often, classrooms are reflective of T.E.N.O.R. (teaching English for no obvious reason), as students get bogged down in memorizing grammar rules or decontextualized vocabulary. The Internet can inject an element of vitality into teaching and motivate students as they communicate in a medium that is flexible, multimodal, constantly changing, and connected to their real life needs”. (Warschauer, Shetzer & Meloni, 2004)
  • 13. Empowerment:
    Mastery of the Internet is one step that students can take to become autonomous lifelong learners.
    Allows students to find what they need when they need it and to collaborate with others to help construct new knowledge.
  • 14. Cons
  • 15. Before introducing any Web 2 tool to your students:
    “Take time and reflect on your curricular goals and try to pinpoint areas that could be improved by the integration of a new tool or technology. Reflection is the key here, don’t jump into the world of Web 2.0 without a plan and a clear focus on what you want yourself, and your students, to get out of it”. (Frank Pileiro, 2011,
  • 16. Some more advice
    What’s the pedigree?
    Who gains?
    Why is this the best way to do this?
    Does it pass the TEA test? (Training, Equipment, Access)
    What future possibilities does it open up?
    How can I make it work?
    (Harmer, 2007, pp. 195 – 197)
  • 17. Examples
    Voxopop – audio discussion board
    Evernote – online note pad
    Pindax – online notice board
    Live Binders – online organizer
  • 18. Voxopop
    Voxopop is the audio equivalent to a text based discussion board.
    Free but students have to register.
  • 19.
  • 20. FlashcardExchange
    Free but students have to register. Paid upgrade available.
  • 21.
  • 22. Evernote
    Their tagline: Remember Everything.
    Free but students have to register.
    You can use Evernote to collect data from the web, take notes in class, upload files, and collaborate on projects.
    When you sign up you are given a unique Evernote email address so you can email notes, snapshots, and audio clips to this address and have these notes instantly saved in Evernote.
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  • 24. Pindax
    Create public or private boards filled with notes.
    First board is free but students have to register.
    There is a charge for additional boards.
    Can be commented on by other users.
    Creates an online community
    Has a chat feature.
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  • 27. Live Binders
    Free but students have to register.
    According to the website:
    LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the Web
    Collect your resources
    Organize them neatly and easily
    Present them with pride
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  • 30. RAK Presentation Binder
  • 31. Thank you!