Lamar University College of Education Educational Leadership Beaumont, TX Web 2.0, Literacy and ePortfoliosCindy Cummings, Ed.D. Diane Mason, Ph.D.Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D. Kay Abernathy, Ed.D.
Web 2.0/Literacy• K-12 & higher ed are huge consumers of dynamic user- centered Web 2.0 resources.• K-12 classrooms & higher ed students using a wealth of Web 2.0 resources across subject areas.• Web 2.0 resources are available to students and teachers to create engaged interactive learning environment.• King (2011) observed students’ culture has dramatically changed• To align with student’s world, educators have altered their pedagogical approaches.
Web 2.0/Literacy• New pedagogical approaches are student centered and are in response to the cultural and literacy demands of the information age.• Solomon and Schrum (2007) defined literacy today “acquiring new skills, including those of using technology, understanding science, having global awareness, and most important, having the ability to keep learning” (p.20).• Consequently, we have seen huge strides made in contributing to the growth of literacy with the use of Web 2.0 tools.
Questions: Web 2.0 Tools• What Web 2.0 tools and resources impact the way you learn, communicate, and assess growth?• How are you currently using Web 2.0 personally and/or with students?
Web 2.0 Research• Enables interaction and collaboration (Parker & Chao, 2007; Tapscott & Williams, 2008)• One-fifth of US higher education students actively contributing content to blogs, wikis, photo or video websites and 18% contributed regularly to at least three of these (OECD, 2009)• Relatively new paradigm which enables contributions and communication (Mills, 2007)
Web 2.0 Tools• EdShelf• Google Tools, Slideshare, AudioBoo• DropBox, DropVox, & MediaFire• Web Conferencing, Skype, Google Talk/Chat Hangouts• Animoto, Podcasts, Stykz, Audacity, Wordle, Tagxedo• Assistive Technologies• YouTube, TeacherTube, SchoolTube, YouTube Education• WikiSpaces, Blogger, WordPress• EdTech Toolbox• Best Web 2.0 Tools
edshelfEdshelf is a directory of digital tools for educators• www.edshelf.com• Discover new tools• See what other educators use• Rate and review your favorite tools
DropboxWhat is Dropbox?• Saves file to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.• Provides 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.• Makes files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.• Works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry• Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.• Transfers parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).• Manually sets bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.
EvernoteGreat tool for teachers and students to:• Keep everything in sync- all of your notes, web clips, files and images are available on every device and computer you use.• Remembers things you like- Snap a photo, record some audio and save it• Save favorite webpages - Save entire webpages to Evernote account with web clipper browser extensions.• Research better - Collect information from anywhere into a single place.• Share notes and collaborate on projects with friends, colleagues and classmates.
Mangahigh• Adapt in difficulty to the ability of the student in order to aid the student to stay in their zone of proximal development• Overlay the game mechanic with the core learning concept• Develop students ability and curiosity to observe, hypothesize, test, evaluate, conclude and refine ideas• Provide powerful contexts that often bring out the real-world application of the topic at hand
Google Drive• Google Drive is one of many cloud computing document-sharing services.• The majority of document-sharing services require user fees, whereas Google Drive is free.• Its popularity is growing due to enhanced sharing features and accessibility.• Google Drive has enjoyed a rapid rise in popularity among students and educational institutions
Questions: Using Eportfolios• What is the purpose for having students develop electronic portfolios?• What are three types of student eportfolios? – Storage – Workspace – Showcase• https://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioapps/overview/le vels Dr. Helen Barrett: http://electronicportfolios.com/
Questions: Considerations for You• What ages are the students?• What content areas?• What is your current technology infrastructure (i.e., will your network keep up with GoogleDocs network traffic?)?• What is your computer-to-student ratio?• How many students will be implementing portfolios?• Will you use some type of Internet/cloud/Web 2.0 system? Dr. Helen Barrett: http://electronicportfolios.com/
Questions: Eportfolio Answers• What? (The Past) What have I collected about my life/work/learning? (my artifacts)• So What? (The Present) What do those artifacts show about what I have learned? (my current reflections on my knowledge, skills and abilities)• Now What? (The Future) What direction do I want to take in the future? (my future learning goals) Dr. Helen Barrett: http://electronicportfolios.com/
e-portfolios PK-12• Web-based or electronic portfolios (e- portfolios, ePortfolios, efolios, digital portfolios, etc.) are a relatively new, but quickly expanding, component of teacher education programs (Strudler & Wetzel, 2005).• e-Portfolio templates in teacher education programs range – highly structured(e.g., foliotek) to those that are – loosely defined by rubric where students independently organize and construct format of their own entries using website design program (e.g., Google Sites).• Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) basically operate as a "content-management system" (Jafari, 2004, p. 40).
e-portfolios PK-12• Chen and Light (2010) observed, ePortfolios allow students to select a variety of digital artifacts and assemble them in one place in order to exhibit presentation skills or reflect, inquire and analyze material• ePortfolios require students to reflect on their learning.• Richards and Guilbault (2009) contend that reflection has become as essential way for students to speak in their own voices.• Critical reflection at strategic points in the development of the ePortfolio creates a pathway for the formative examination and demonstration of learning