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Web 2.0 in the Classroom

Meeting Learners in Their World
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Dave Whitesell

on 13 May 2010

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Web 2.0 in the classroom Meeting Learners in their World Use the tools of Web 2.0 in Engage Learners Blogs Wikis Forums Podcasts RSS Social Networking Real-time Collaborative
Software Twitter WordPress Blogger Photo and Video
Creating and Sharing Teacher Tube YouTube Flickr Photobucket Google Docs “Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.
Today’s students - K through college - represent the first generations to grow up with this new technology. They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Today's average college grads have spent less than 5,000 hours of their lives reading, but over 10,000 hours playing video games (not to mention 20,000 hours watching TV). Computer games, email, the Internet, cell phones and instant messaging are integral parts of their lives.” "Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures, "says Dr. Bruce D. Berry of Baylor College of Medicine. ... it is very likely that our students’ brains have physically changed - and are different from ours - as a result of how they grew up. But whether or not this is literally true, we can say with certainty that their thinking patterns have changed...
... today's teachers have to learn to communicate in the language and style of their students.”
--From Marc Prensky's "Digital Nataves, Digital Immigrants" Our Learners' Changing Brains Students certainly
don’t have short
attention spans
for their games,
movies, music, or
Internet surfing.
More and more,
they just don’t
tolerate the old
ways—and they
are enraged we
are not doing
better by them. -Prensky
"Engage Me or Enrage Me" Engage your learners better with Web 2.0. Why Web 2.0? It’s social and interactive.
It’s free.
It’s outside
It’s about making connections.
It’s simple…but there’s help.
It can help make your teaching and assessing more effective.
It’s a part of your students’ world.
You don’t need a great computer, and you sometimes don’t need a computer at all.
It’s ubiquitous.
It’s yours. But... Technology doesn’t solve problems or make teachers better.
Don’t throw out the curriculum.
Face-to-face is essential
We don't have to rush.
We don't have to do it all at once Mr. McKee's blog
http://blogs.polson.k12.mt.us/jmckee
Mr. Danley's History Blog

Mr. O'Brien's Science blog

Blogs Blogs as Class Portals Why Have a Class Blog? 1. It’s free.
2. It’s quick.
3. It's simple.
4. It's familiar.
5. It's everywhere.
6. It's saved.
7. It's interactive.
8. You're in control.
9. It’s personalized.


Archiving and posting information helps with special needs students.
Students who miss class can be more accountable for the things they missed.
Students with different learning styles can access information in different ways.
Help keep the teacher organized and focused.
Creates an archive of a class. Student Blogging When facts are free, curiosity becomes a mandate.
Engaging the important questions
Creating confidence
Bringing in new voices and ideas
Expanding the boundaries of the classroom Every student can articulate their thoughts on the essential questions on each unit without regard for space and with nearly limitless resources.
Students could build on their previous work, expanding on thoughts and exploring multiple paths.
Students could view and react to the work of their classmates.
Digital portfolios are easy to sort, present, and assess.
Tracking progress and engaging students in meaningful dialogue is incredibly easy.
Reflection became natural within a couple of weeks. Students take pride in their blogs
A wide audience could interact with the ideas presented by the students.
Blogging is more than journaling. It’s dynamic. Profound connections with the curriculum can be made. It’s difficult to cheat.
Students can revise their work. Google Docs Real-Time Collaboration
in your classroom and beyond. Forums Community
Connection
Sharing and showcasing
Asking questions
Breaking barriers


Wikis What is a Wiki?
The definition of Wiki, according to Wikipedia, “is a website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, typically without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.” How can I use a Wiki? Easily create simple websites, including a portal
Project development with peer review
Group authoring
Track a group project
Data collection
Archive and build on knowledge
Describe classes
Presentations Twitter in the Classroom The Twitter Experiement
http://www.utdallas.edu/~mrankin/usweb/twitterconclusions.htm How Teachers, Principals and Students are Using
Google Docs http://blogs.polson.k12.mt.us/pdanley/ http://blogs.polson.k12.mt.us/dobrien Samples The Polson High School Wiki Project http://media.polson.k12.mt.us David Whitesell
dwhitesell@polson.k12.mt.us Real Simple Syndication a web feed Developed interactive websites digital media files released typically in episodes Service that focuses on building and reflecting social networks or social relations among people who share interests and/or activities hi
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