What is Web 2.0 and why do we need it? Web 2.0 is the term used to refer to advanced internet technology and applications including blogs, wikis, and rss feeds. Web 2.0 has big implications for educators. Not all tools and applications are for everyone but I hope that you might see something that will pique your interest and you will try incorporating it into your lesson plans.
The wonderful thing about Web 2.0 is that it is interactive, accessible, collaborative and creative. We used to have to buy software to do many of the things that today we can go online and access for free. Accessible means anytime, anywhere access from any computer – pc or mac.
The students in our classes today are digital natives. They have been using computers, phones, texting, ipods or mp3 players and video games for a significant part of their life. Using Web 2.0 apps in your curriculum can engage students that might otherwise tune out. These apps provide for differentiations. When you assign a project you can allow the student to choose from several ways to present the end result. Web 2.0 applications require planning ahead for the finished product so they can develop critical thinking skills.
Bloom’s Taxonomy has been updated by one of Bloom’s protégé’s and now Creating has become the highest level of thinking order skills. Creating fits right in with Web 2.0 technologies.
The first tool I want to share with you is Google Docs. Google docs has a word processor, a presentation application and a spreadsheet application that you access online. That means it is accessible anytime, anywhere from any type of computer. This tool has implications for the science and math lab notebooks. Most notebooks do not come loaded with Word or Office so this is an alternative if you need some type of word processing or presentation tool. I try to encourage all of our students to open accounts because of the ease of use. When dues dates come around we always have a last minute flurry of activity with student printing off what they did at home. Many times however, the program they have worked on at home is not compatible with our applications. With google docs we never have to worry about being able to open a different version of Word. These documents can be shared with others who can edit or make revisions on them and then reshare. Powerpoint presentations are also easily opened and downloaded or even presented online. All you need is an email address to set upa a Google Docs account. It is portable and this is a great way to make an extra backup of your files.Other good things about Google – Reader, Calendar, Books,
Blog is short for weblog. I am sure if you have watched sports or news on tv, you have heard about blogs. There are political blogs, travel blogs, and there are educational blogs. There are so many ways in which blogs can be used. Discuss certain aspects of your class and ask for comments.Blog about what your class has done and post projects to your blog.Students may feel freer to comment in this type of atmosphere
Go to various blog sites and discuss how set up.
Wikis are like a webpage. You can add links, embed widgets, set up who can edit or add to the wiki. They are collaborative and the owner of the wiki can set up the parameters as to who can be a member of the wiki. You can allow your students to be able to edit or update information or it can be a protected wiki in which only you can input material.
Show the various wikis.
Presentation tools are usually free with added enhancements that will cost a small fee. Most can be learned by spending 10 – 30 minutes watching the tutorials and making a practice presentation. It’s a good idea to explore and see if any are right for you.
Here are some fun sites which also have educational implications. An avatar is a representation you can make to post on your blog or wiki. These can be used in other ways also.Wordle is a site which has infinite possibilities. All that is necessary is typing words into a word processing document, copying all the words and pasting into Wordle. The user can manipulate size of the works by having words that you want larger typed more often. Font and color and arrangement are also up to the creater. Copying and pasting the Declaration of Independence or an inaugural address into Wordl will show clearly what the main themes were. Synonyms for a word, an author and his or her books. Wordles once created are copyrighted through Creative Commons and if you want to use the creation on a web page you must do a screen shot as soon as you have finished. Finding your wordle in a day or two is extremely difficult because so many are created daily.BrainyPix is a site highlighting SAT and ACT words. The site challenges the user to find a cartoon for which they can write a caption using one of the ACT or SAT words.
Because of the nature of Web 2.0 tools, it is a good idea to set up a rubric so that students will see what is expected of them. Rubristar is an easy tool to use for setting up a rubric. If you set up an account you can save a rubric but you can might be able to adapt another’s rubric for your own.Edusoft can be used to create answer sheets for tests you already have by going to the site, choosing the applicable PASS skills, choosing the type of test, multiple choice, true/false and then clicking on correct answer. These answer sheets can then be scanned and the results will be found in your Edusoft account. This is an alternative to using scantrons.There are a number of survey tools that can be used to quickly set up a survey that can be responded to by using a computer or a cell phone.
Voice Thread is an interactive application in which viewers of the picture or presentation can comment or add to by recording or typing in their response.Skype is an application which allows you to call person and view them on a webcam. The possibilities for this app are great. Talk to a class in another country. Discuss favorite books with authors.Ted Talks are a way to keep up with the latest thoughts by prominent people in various disciplines.Digital storytelling allows the creator to take images add story and music to tell about an event in history, tell the story of a relative who had a life changing event.
WEB 2.0What’s All the Fuss About ?<br />
Web 2.0 is…<br />Interactive<br />Accessible,<br />Collaborative<br />Creative<br />
Web 2.0 Can…<br />Engage students <br />Provide for differentiation<br />Develop critical thinking skills<br />Teach new capabilities<br />Provide new learning environments<br />Extend learning.<br />
Blogs<br />Constructivist tool for learning<br />Expand the walls of classroom<br />Archive the learning that teachers and students do<br />Democratic tool that supports differing learning styles<br />Enhance the development of expertise in particular subject<br />Teach students new literacies they will need<br />
BLOGS<br />Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd <br />Global Studies Blog <br />Neverendingsearch<br />Secondary English Blog<br />My Experimental Blog<br />
Wikis<br />Create online text for your curriculum that both you and your students can contribute to<br />Create a resource or showcase for best practices<br />Create your own class Wikipedia<br />Create archive of all those great sites you come across.<br />