Web 2.0 in the Classroom
Collaborative Learning Tools for Science



NSTA Regional Conference 2009
Phoenix, Arizona

Steph...
Objectives
Objectives

• Review the common practices of science and
 see possible online collaborative tools to
 support these practi...
Objectives

• Review the common practices of science and
 see possible online collaborative tools to
 support these practi...
Objectives

• Review the common practices of science and
 see possible online collaborative tools to
 support these practi...
What does “Web 2.0” mean?

• Focus is not just on content, but on
 collaboration and sharing
• Underlying technology of th...
The Practices of Learning Science

• Document creation / note-taking
• Brainstorming / concept mapping
• Drawing and diagr...
Where to start?

• Before you try finding tools, decide
 what the purpose of the use of these
 tools is going to be!
• http...
Document Creation/Notes
• Lots of possible tools that allow
 collaboration
• Google Docs or other web-based “office”
 tools...
Brainstorming/
Concept Mapping
• Depends on the goal and functionality
 of the tools
• Generally better left to other mean...
Drawing & Diagramming
Option 1:                  Option 2:
• Capture of your paper/   • Creation of online
 writing effort...
Data Collection / Analysis
• It all depends on the types of data...
• Numerical data: online spreadsheets
 (Google Docs)
•...
Research and Reading Text
• Google Books and Google Scholar
• Wolfram Alpha (scientific search engine)
• iPaper or other do...
Viewing Images and Video
• Common image and video viewing
 sites
 (Flickr, Photobucket, YouTube, Vimeo)
• Content specific ...
Presentations and
Sharing Information
• Slide creation and presentation sites
 (280 slides, Google Presenter, etc.)
• Slid...
Assessment

• Does not depend on the tool
• Use the collaboration features of any of
 the tools, and establish useful rubr...
Some New Tools to Consider

• Search tools that will change things:
 Wolfram Alpha, Next generation of
 Google, ?
• Collab...
For More Information

• Handouts and links available at:
 http://mmstlc.net

• Slide shows, commentary, podcast,
 and othe...
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  • Nsta Web20

    1. 1. Web 2.0 in the Classroom Collaborative Learning Tools for Science NSTA Regional Conference 2009 Phoenix, Arizona Stephen Best University of Michigan School of Education
    2. 2. Objectives
    3. 3. Objectives • Review the common practices of science and see possible online collaborative tools to support these practices
    4. 4. Objectives • Review the common practices of science and see possible online collaborative tools to support these practices • Discuss the considerations of using Web 2.0 tools to support science learning and instruction
    5. 5. Objectives • Review the common practices of science and see possible online collaborative tools to support these practices • Discuss the considerations of using Web 2.0 tools to support science learning and instruction • Review examples of applications of commonly used Web 2.0 tools for science instruction and learning
    6. 6. What does “Web 2.0” mean? • Focus is not just on content, but on collaboration and sharing • Underlying technology of these sites is different from the “static” sites of the past • Nearly a defunct term now, as many sites have incorporated these interactive and collaborative tools
    7. 7. The Practices of Learning Science • Document creation / note-taking • Brainstorming / concept mapping • Drawing and diagramming • Data collection and analysis • Researching and reading text and information • Viewing images or video • Presentations and sharing information
    8. 8. Where to start? • Before you try finding tools, decide what the purpose of the use of these tools is going to be! • http://www.go2web20.net/ • Choose the tools that are likely to stick around for a while (i.e. they are backed by actual $) • Limit the number of tools you intend to use
    9. 9. Document Creation/Notes • Lots of possible tools that allow collaboration • Google Docs or other web-based “office” tools • Note taking applications that allow for easy searching and navigation (Evernote, Zoho, or similar) • Wikis can also be used for a large set of information and tracking of collaborative efforts
    10. 10. Brainstorming/ Concept Mapping • Depends on the goal and functionality of the tools • Generally better left to other means, but there are tools that allow for this • Spinscape, MindManager, and other tools for the web (similar to Inspiration) • Expect more of these to come along in the near future...
    11. 11. Drawing & Diagramming Option 1: Option 2: • Capture of your paper/ • Creation of online writing efforts or... drawings, diagrams, and designs • Note-taking or document collection • Bamboo space and sites like Evernote other drawing and diagramming sites • Picture capture sites like Flickr • Allow multiple media and multiple “artists”
    12. 12. Data Collection / Analysis • It all depends on the types of data... • Numerical data: online spreadsheets (Google Docs) • Instrument specific data: content site tools (i.e. Weather Underground) • Observation data: Text can use wikis and online documents (i.e. Google or Zoho Docs) • Image/Video data: Flickr and other image sites
    13. 13. Research and Reading Text • Google Books and Google Scholar • Wolfram Alpha (scientific search engine) • iPaper or other document reading sites • Delicious, Digg, and other content review sites • More basic text tools (blogs, wikis, etc.) • Note taking tools that allow for web clipping
    14. 14. Viewing Images and Video • Common image and video viewing sites (Flickr, Photobucket, YouTube, Vimeo) • Content specific images and video (NASA, U.S. Geological Survey, etc.) • Participant submitted video (TestToob, TeacherTube, etc.)
    15. 15. Presentations and Sharing Information • Slide creation and presentation sites (280 slides, Google Presenter, etc.) • Slide sharing sites (Slideshare, etc.) • Video sites (slides exported as video- podcasts, downloadable/streaming video, etc.) • Online document sharing (Scribd iPaper or others) • New tools (Prezi)
    16. 16. Assessment • Does not depend on the tool • Use the collaboration features of any of the tools, and establish useful rubrics for collaborative assessment • More important to develop the guidelines and procedures for using any of the previously mentioned sites
    17. 17. Some New Tools to Consider • Search tools that will change things: Wolfram Alpha, Next generation of Google, ? • Collaboration tools that address multiple aspects of the process: Google Wave, WebEx, GoToMeeting... • Tools for small devices that customize data for a particular function (including augmented reality applications)
    18. 18. For More Information • Handouts and links available at: http://mmstlc.net • Slide shows, commentary, podcast, and other resources at: http://webtools4learning.org • Contact information at the MMSTLC Site listed above

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