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Web 2.0 for the classroom

Great Web 2.0 tools for the classroom
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Kate Laurendi

on 22 August 2011

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Web 2.0 for the classroom What is it? Tools Benefits Disadvantages The term Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, user-centered design and collaboration on the World Wide Web.

A Web 2.0 site gives its users the free choice to interact or collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators in a virtual community. In contrast, traditional websites are where users are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them. Cost: The cost a computers for every child is very high. This a disadvantage for schools that do not have the facilities or resources to accommodate for this. Privacy: Some web 2.0 websites do not have the capacity to accomodate for private use by children. Before introducing children to the site it is always best to view the Company's privacy statement and how they cater for education and classroom use. internet connection drop out
Web 2.0 is predominantly internet-based, therefore a strong connection is needed. This proves to be a disadvantage to schools who aren't technologlically advanced. ARE ENDLESS Prezi is described as a web-based presentation tool using a map layout and zooming to show contextual relationships which addresses some of the shortcomings of Microsoft PowerPoint. www.prezi.com A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments. http://voicethread.com/ Mixbook is an online book making tool. It features many elements of scrapbooking, including borders, stickers and images. A very creative tool that allows you to embedd into a webpage once complete or order a hardcopy coffee table book version. Capzles allows you to upload videos, images and text into a rich, interactive timeline tool. www.capzles.com eduglogster is an a web 2.0 tool that allows students to create interactive posters that feature images, text, videos and sound. www.eduglogster.com animoto is an interactive film making tool. It allows students to create a professional film using uploaded still images/photographs and copyright-free audio tracks. www.animoto.com Lombard (2010, abstract) describes Web 2.0 as 'a change to a second version or generation of the web, with a distinct model for application development and design. This new model is based on enhanced communication and collaboration tools and services, information sharing, and interoperability. ' Teachers need to understand the rapid change in student activity, communication and learning. Sendall et al (2008) states, '...the importance of Web 2.0 tools such as Blogs, wikis, social networking and other collaborative tools are changing the way we communicate in society. Knowledge of these skills is critical for today’s information technology student as they enter the workforce. In addition they are a significant evolution in information exchange for all ages and groups in society.' Why use 2.0 in
the classroom? 'These tools will allow us to see the start of a radical evolution in education that will bring such dramatic changes that we'll soon be at a point where we won't be able to imagine education without them.'
Steve Hargadon
(2010, p1) “This new web is going
to dramatically alter the
21st century landscape
in education, shaping
how students approach
learning , how educators
approach teaching , and,
increasingly, how educators are interacting with, and learning rom, each other.' Steve Hargadon (2010, p2) As graduate teachers we have an advantage of going into the teachering profession with a fresh outlook on teaching methods. As we are not stuck in routines and we are able to be more flexible and take advantage of trialling Web 2.0 resources in our classrooms Some web 2.0 sites require a financial sign up for classroom/ school use Classroom sign-ins: Some web 2.0 technologies do not allow the for set-up of classroom sign-ins. Rather, they ask for students to sign up individually with their own email address. This is problematic for a) children under 13- and do not have an email address, b)the teacher does not have access to the student's account Digital World: Teachers Today, courtesy of YouTube.com By Kate Laurendi
Primary Teaching Student
Examples of Web 2.0 include social-networking sites, blogs, wikis, video-sharing sites, hosted services and web applications
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