Web 2.0 in the Middle School Classroom


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Are you ready for a breath of new technology in your classroom? Web 2.0, also known as the “Read/Write Web,” provides online collaboration tools like wikis and podcasts to engage students and transform classrooms. How can you use these new technologies to enhance and support student learning? This session will focus on specific, middle school curriculum-connected sample projects as well as a resource list you can use to get started with Web 2.0 on Monday morning!

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  • Introduction
  • Before you can effectively use technology in your classroom, you MUST be a consumer of it in your own life. It helps you see the endless possibilities within your curriculum and it helps you understand how it engages your students.
    promotes collaboration, tracks student usage (who is actually contributing to the project), provides a wider audience, allows the inclusion of multimedia elements to the finished product, projects can be used as part of the students' "digital footprint."
  • According to Wikipedia, a social network service focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others.
  • Edmodo is a private social network that be used by teachers to communicate with their classes. You can send assignments, files and messages to your students. Your students can submit assignments to you and even track their own grades.
  • Wikis can be used for classroom projects, or to share resources with students, other teachers.
  • RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”. It produces a web feed of content that is updated on a regular basis. Can be used for blogs, headlines, audio, video. Can be used to get your own daily news, and can be used to share feeds with your students.
  • Wikis can be used to collaborate on classroom projects, or to share resources with students, other teachers.
  • Google Docs can be used for spreadsheets, presentations, surveys and word processing.
  • Nings are an online platform where people can create their own social networks. They can be used for classroom projects, collaboration between students and teachers.
  • Tools like Wordle, Glogster and Voicethread engage students by allowing them to become creative content creators.
  • Web 2.0 in the Middle School Classroom

    1. 1. Web 2.0 in Your Middle School Classroom Erica Roberts, Computer Applications Teacher, Jefferson Junior High School, Woodridge, IL
    2. 2. What is Web 2.0? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/
    3. 3. Benefits of Web 2.0 Or http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarandweedkiller/ http://www.go2web20.net Which will engage students more?
    4. 4. Social Networking
    5. 5. Blog Web site with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material, such as video, audio or photographs
    6. 6. RSS
    7. 7. Wikis A page or collection of pages designed so anyone who accesses it can contribute or modify content
    8. 8. Wikis in Plain English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY
    9. 9. Examples
    10. 10. Podcasts A series of audio or video media files that are distributed over the Internet
    11. 11. Podcasts A series of audio or video media files that are distributed over the Internet
    12. 12. Examples
    13. 13. Google Docs
    14. 14. Nings
    15. 15. Creative Content Creation
    16. 16. In Closing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
    17. 17. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Questions? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    18. 18. erica@iteachyoucomputers.com iteachyoucomputers.wikispaces.com CEU CODE:PK3