HOw can teachers learn to use Wikis in thier classrooms?
Who knew that with all the teaching strategies we have available to use as teachers today, Web 2.0 could open up a whole new world of options. Web 2.0 serves as a way to tap into our student's knowledge and reach them on a different level. This new array of technology also better prepares our learners for the skills they will need as they enter the workforce in the 21st century. The SolutionWatch site has three pages of lists which contain valuable information about Web 2.0 tools that teachers, students, and parents can use. The tools are broken down into categories such as organizers, grade books, math, resume-building, and research to name a few. SolutionWatch part 1, part 2, part 3. Curious about what makes an online application Web 2.0? Take some time to explore this graphical version of many Web 2.0 applications and try some out at: the Go2Web website. Click the boxes to open a description of the site on the right side of screen. Not all are appropriate to use in school or with students, but many can be used effectively to support teaching and learning! I will be talking about my favorites and the ways I use them at FETC in Orlando and (hopefully) at NECC in Atlanta. -Kathy Schrock
The K12 Online Conference is for teachers, administrators and educators around the world interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice! This site has some great presentations created for people trying to learn about web 2.0 technologies.
Coming of Age : Web 2.0 Booklet: A collaborative venture between 14 people from the USA, Canada, Thailand and the UK. The main objectives of this free publication are first to inspire teachers to want to try some of these "new tools" (web 2.0) for themselves and with their classes, and then to provide practical advice and guidance on how to do so. -Shambles
I'll put in a vote for VoiceThread which is a free tool (in beta) that enables members to upload images, record accompanying audio commentary, and invite others to add commentary. VoiceThreads are hosted free of charge at VoiceThread.com and can be embedded in blogs, wikis, and other types of Web sites. A VoiceThread is quick and easy to create, has plenty of space for numerous images and commentaries, and can be accessed by any Internet-enabled computer.
I am playing with Animoto, http://animoto.com/ a program that allows you to upload photos, add music from the site, and then creates for you a fun video--no editing experience necessary. (See one for cross country . This would be useful for back-to-school nights or introductions to school programs (admissions videos?).
GapMinder mentioned on David Warlick's blog recently, it's a tool that has data displays over time.
Create a Graph: Students are expected to gather data and display the data appropriately using a pictograph or bar graph in third grade. To help students create a graph with all necessary parts (title, axis, intervals, and labels) this resource walks the students through each important step. It could be used in a whole group lesson where the teacher is demonstrating the concept while the students are watching on a screen via the LCD projector or through the television screen. Another option is to have students collect real data and create a graph independently. This enables students to be engaged in the activity while they are also learning the key parts to creating a graph. Check it out! (J. Cho)
Looking at some of the Web 2.0 tools available, one of the first ones that sounded appealing to me was del.icio.us, a social bookmarking page. Due to the set up of our school webpage, I have to rely on others to be able to get links I need available for my students posted. With a site like del.icio.us I figured I would be able to create such resources myself. But when I went to check it out, the second resource listed on the main page was “Big labels are f*ed, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner | The Register.” Then, I began to question the school appropriateness of this site. Thus I continued my search. I found other sites like shadows, but I am not totally sure how that would work either. I think that resources like these would be useful in my classroom for students to access at home and when we are in the computer lab, but I would have to learn more about it first myself. Now after taking a bit closer look at it, del.icio.us seems to be a useful site for me. I have already used it to bookmark many sites to help me with making food chains and food webs more interactive for my students. Now all I have to do at school is login to my account and I have all the sites I bookmarked available there. Now all that remains left to do is to figure out how I might be able to share those links with my students in a student friendly envrionment.
A Web 2.0 tool I was recently introduced to and that I am using with my middle school students is Flickr. Flickr is an online photo sharing program that allows the user to upload a digital photograph and then share that photo with anyone around the world. The program also allows people to leave comments about your photos and you the ability to post photos to a blog. My students took several digital photographs of various pieces of their art work. Taking art work home is a struggle for my students, so by putting the images on Flickr, the students were creating an online digital portfolio of their work to share with anyone and everyone! After adding the images of their art work to their Flickr portfolio, my students were then required to participate in an online critique based on each other's work. So far the Flickr digital portfolios have been very successful in my smaller classes, trying it with a class of thirty two may prove a bit challenging. (T. DiMisa)
Collaborative word processing using Writely (from Google) could allow a group of students to simultaneously edit a single document. Someone on the EdTech list suggested creating a document with a table and then assigning individuals to enter their text in a designated cell of the table. This type of structure could be used in many subjects. For example, in language arts, teams of students could analyze books writing about the character(s), scene, plot, theme, setting analysis in various cells of the table.
I am always looking for new tricks or techniques to motivate/teach writing to my 3rd grade students. As the use of computers becomes more widespread, the students are more comfortable researching, brainstorming, typing, editing, and publishing their work on the computer. I found a web 2.0 tool called glypho, that allows students to begin writing a story and other writers can edit or add more to it, similar to a wiki page, but in a chapter format. One feature that glypho has is a built in dictionary and thesaurus that pops up if needed. I think this tool would be motivating to students who like to use the computer, but do not like to write much with a pencil and paper. It could also serve as editing practice where students revise what others have written. It might be fun to start a class book and have students add different parts by dividing up the work. You could have a group of students think about the characters, another group think about a setting, while another group thinks about the problem and solution. I'm sure there are many other uses for this tool! (H. Guyer)
As a part of the MCPS 1st grade curriculum, the students write a class nonfiction book. The students select an animal topic as a class. Then, each student does research on the animal and answers four questions (How does it look? Where does it live? What does it eat? How does it move?) as a basis for writing their page of the book. Once the research is complete and the questions are answered, the students go through the steps of the writing process. The students also work with the art teacher to create the illustrations for the book. We send the book to be hard bound and published. When the books come back form the publisher, we have a huge Author's Tea celebration where the students share their books with their families. I have been thinking about the best way to post their book online. I found Bubbleshare. This site allows you to share narrated photos. I would love to take digital shots of each illustration and record the students reading their page. This would be a great way to share their work with the world. (E.White)
Wikibooks and [Wikijunior: I thought this particular type of wiki was a great place for students to gain information on a particular topic, but also to publish their own writing--whether it be a creative piece or a report. This site is for middle school students and it is another way to effectively publish and share work. In addition, students can participate in group work where they can easily edit each others writing without meeting face to face.
Zoho Challenge: As a math teacher, I find myself creating many quizzes, especially since students are given the opportunity to take reassessments. I thought that this web tool might be a useful way to create quizzes and also have the flexibility of giving take home quizzes and assign them as a graded assignment. This would give students extra motivation to study and perform better.
Snapfish: I love to use Snapfish photosharing with my family, friends, as well as with the parents of my students. It's a great way to share large photo albums of field trips, class projects, presentations, hands-on experiments and school events. Many parents can access this site and I no longer have to worry about emailing large picture files of individual students. Snapfish is also great because once you're a member, you can view other photo albums from friends, family and student's families. This has saved me time with having to reply to parent requests for school pictures. (M. Brown)
Gmaps Pedometer: This Web 2.0 site is handy when creating maps and measuring distances. I used this web page when teaching the students about perimeter and area. The site allows you to see satellite pictures of almost any geographical area in the United States and place markers to map the distance. This site was also useful when I moved to the middle school because I coached cross country running. The students and I mapped out a course for our home meets together. The web site enabled us to have an exact distance for the course and we even printed out a map. It was such a time saver.
xtimeline is an online tool that allows students to create interactive timelines on any topic. You can add photos, videos, sound and text to your timeline. Some high schools and universities have adopted this tool as part of their history and social studies classes this fall. You can also have a group of students collaborate to build a timeline using the site's Group feature.