Web 2.0 Tools to Support Classroom Innovation
and Professional Learning
NHDOE Statewide Educator Conference * July 24, 2013
Bill Carozza • Principal – Harold Martin School, Hopkinton, NH • email@example.com
Twitter: @wcarozza • Blog: billcarozza.com
BIG PICTURE GOALS
• Leave with a vision on how you can use
Web 2.0 to:
• Transform your instruction for all
• Develop Professionally
SPECIFIC goals for
• Establish why the use of social media (SM) and
being a Connected Educator is crucial in the
• Be introduced to many Social Media/Web 2.0
• Be ready to try out 1-2 tools today. Pick at
least 3 tools that you will try this summer.
Procedure for today
• After intro to Web 2.0...
• Demo of Speciﬁc Tools
• Opportunity to try some tools
• The most sweeping change in our
relationship with the Internet may not be as
much with the ability to publish as it is the
ability to share and connect and
create with many, many others of
like minds and interests.
You think the world has
1989 Radio Shack Cell Phone Commercial
We have always had
From a Principal’s publication in 1815:
“Students today depend on paper too much.They
don’t know how to write on a slate without getting
chalk dust all over themselves.What will they do
when they run out of paper?”
From the NationalTeachers Association in 1905:
“Students today depend too much on ink.They don’t
know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil.
Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.”
From Rural American Teacher 1928:
“Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don’t
know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will
be unable to write until their next trip to the settlement. This is a
sad commentary on modern education.”
From PTA Gazette 1941:
“Students today depend on those expensive fountain pens. We
parents must not allow them to wallow in such luxury and to the
detriment of their learning.”
From Federal Teachers 1950:
“Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country.
Students use these devices then throw them away. The values
of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and
banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.”
• Static web pages
• Using search engines
• Surﬁng the web
• Web applications (as opposed to client or desktop
• User interaction
• Facebook, Blogs,Twitter,Wikis
• Users focus on ideas, creativity, collaboration
• Technical know how-not as important
• No need to know computer programming, e.g.
• Can be used as instruction videos as part
of the “Flipped Classroom”
• Combines your computer screen with
• Client software and web software
• Easy web example: Screenr
• You have many web sites
that you have love and
have bookmarked. How
do you organize them so
that you can ﬁnd them
• And...how do you ﬁnd
good vetted educational
web sites instead of
thousands on Google?
• Writing requires reﬂection and greater
• Blogging begins the cycle of collaboration.
• Blogging encourages teachers and students
to do the same.
• A blog helps to build your school’s “brand”.
A case for Twitter
• Twitter is your window to perhaps the
highest quality content on the web.
• It’s a free Web 2.0 microblogging service,
140 character max., and inspires you to
read and learn.
• It’s all about connections
• Register at http://twitter.com
The Language of Twitter
@: Reply sent to a speciﬁc person
RT: Retweeting helps to spread great tweets to others
DM: Direct Message is like email-private to one person
#: Hashtag parses Tweets to a single topic
Why Use Twitter?
Rapidly disseminate info
Create your Own PLN (Professional
Getting started with
• Head to twitter.com and set up an account.
• Follow those who are here at the
• Head to a favorite hashtag and start
following those who write tweets you like.
• You will start getting followers!
• Set up a TodaysMeet Page
• Create a screencast using Screener and set up account
• Create account on Slideshare and upload a presentation
• Create quick podcast on Audioboo
• open up Diigo account and start putting in sites.
• Set up blog account in Blogger.
• Set up Feedly account.
• Set up Twitter account and start following and Tweeting.
• Or other options.
• Head to NH Network page to grab the