Why our students need web2.0

Watch this video: A Vision of K-12 students today
Learning to change: changing to learn A video by Pearson advocating the use of 21st century skills in education.
Michael Wesch and the Future of Education - if you have an hour watch this presentation, it may change the way you teach.

Toward a Definition of 21st Century Literacies - NCTE

It is important to lay some ground rules:
Are you providing students with authentic learning experiences and audiences?
Are you providing students with the skills and knowledge to stay safe online?

Towards School 2.0 SlideShare created by Bryan Hughes NVSD44 wiki

Towards School 2.0
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Places to Learn About Web2.0

Web2.0 Guru - lots of good information in this wiki.
Helpful Resources for Web2.0 tools in Education II: Tutorials and Examples
Web 2.0 Guru - Educational technology integration
The Innovative Educator - A blog worth following by Lisa Nielsen professional development manager for educational technology at the NYC Department of Education.
K12learning 2.0 Self paced introduction and exploration of Web 2.0 tools and concepts for K12 teachers.
Information Literacy in a Web2.0 World - Hazel Clark
Steve Hargadon: Web2.0 is the Future of Education
Ferlazzo Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Places to Learn Web2.0 Basics
and his Best Ways for Students (And Anyone Else!) to Create Online Content Easily, Quickly & Painlessly
What the Research Says
CSLA 23 Things
Exploring Elementary 2.0
Web 2.0 in Education
Online Connections: Learner's Toolbox
Introduction to Web2.0 Wiki
TeacherFirst Safe Web2.0 in the Classroom. Some good examples here.
The Common Craft Show Explanations in plain English
David Warlick's A Path to Becoming a Literate Educator
Top 100 Tools for Learning - Fall 2008 Jane Hart has invited learning professionals from around the world to contribute their own top 10 lists and she has compiled these submissions into a Top 100 list. Or use the index to her Directory of Learning Tools.

Webtools4u2Use Wiki
Using Web 2.0 Tools in Elementary Schools
Liz Davis' 21st Century Technology Tools: Tutorials for Teachers - order the book or download it for free.

ERAC - Learn Live Elluminate
Register http://www.learnnowbc.gov.bc.ca/
View Presentations http://community.bcedonline.ca/bced
Women Of Web2.0 http://womenofwebchats.wikispaces.com/

Web2.0 Applications to Explore

100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner The tools listed here have been arranged for their usefulness to visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners.
Cool Tools for Schools
Free Technology Toolkit for UDL in all Classrooms
Effective Web2.0 Tools for the Classroom

Collaboration and Information Gathering:

Google Docs
  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets Tips for Teachers
  • Google Docs in Plain English
  • Atomic Learning is offering free a Google Docs Tutorial that has been subdivided into 50+ mini segments for quick viewing on specific topics. I have heard that the posting may be up for a limited time so view it while you can.

Google Notebook Why not use Google Notebook to plan lessons collaboratively with a colleague. You can assemble useful websites, add comments or lesson and assignment ideas. When the planning is complete, export your notes to Google Docs and design your finished assignment together.
Wes Fryer's Teach Digital wiki page has some useful links on using Google Notebook. He offers a QuickStart Guide for Internet Research with Google Notebook that is free to use under a Creative Commons Attribution only license.

Google Forms 10 ways to use Google Forms in the classroom from the ICT in My Classroom blog.

Zoho - Vicki Davis' Zoho page example
Vicki Davis' examples of student Zoho use.

Google Maps


Global Projects: Kim Cofino's post on what students get out of their involvement in a shared writing project 1001 Tales


Mashable article comparing iGoogle, Pageflakes etc.
Pageflakes Teacher edition

Social Bookmarking:

  • Have students make their own del.icio.us reference page bookmarking a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia and other subject specific resources such as a glossary of science terms or information on countries.
  • Have students collaborate to come up with an annotated bibliography for specific topics.
  • Make subject specific, annotated links pages to guide students through resources. Example: English Revolution
  • To search for topics in del.icio.us use del.icio.us/tag/subject. For instance to search for How To sites use http://del.icio.us/tag/howto. This will give you the pages in del.icio.us tagged with the word howto. Try using similar tags such as tips or tutorial. If you are looking for sites on educational technology or technology education try http://del.icio.us/tag/edtech . You can also search for more than one tag in a single request. To find online survey tools that are free type http://del.icio.us/tag/survey+free.

List of ideas for using Diigo in education.
diigo Social bookmarking with many additional features - post simultaneously into del.icio.us or post to your blog complete with comments.
Diigo tutorial A very clear explanation of how diigo works and how to use it.
On his blog, Around the Corner, Miguel Guhlin lists numerous ways educators can make use of diigo.

Survey Tools:


Copyright Free Materials:

It is important to teach students how to attribute materials correctly. For instance, when using a photo from the web, the correct procedure is to provide a link back to the original in addition to clearly stating the author/creator's name. When a photo from Flickr is posted on someone else's site the photo owner is notified as to where that photo has been posted.
Creative Commons
Copyright Friendly Wiki
Finding Media for your Story from Alan Levine's CogDogRoo wiki
SoundSnap Sound effects

Graphics and Photography:

flickr Use the advanced search feature to search for photos licensed under Creative Commons.
Lunapic Online photo editing

Digital Storytelling:

50 Ways to Tell a Story
VoiceThread Educators can sign up for an educator's account which has many of the features of their Pro Account but is free.
Go to EdVoiceThread for more information.
Toondo - not all content on this site may be suitable for all viewers.
Blabberize - upload a photo or clip art and make it talk.
Animoto for educators

Draw on the Screen Tools:

Twiddla collaborate, mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas.
Fine Tuna lets you take an image from web, write a note or speech bubble on it, and then email it for posting on a web page.

Music and Sound:

Jam Studio Free to play with but $10 a month for full features.


Create a tutorial, add it to your website:

Blogs and Wikis:

Wikispaces Webinar on Getting Started with Wikispaces
How a wiki works: Common Craft Show
Social Studies Meets Information Technology- middle school blog example.
Mrs. Taylor's Classroom - secondary science blog example.
21st Century Literacy Created to share ideas for using blogs and wikis with young adults. Includes samples.
Support Blogging! Focuses on the use of blogging as an educational tool. Includes a list of bloggers and many resources.