Welcome to Web 2.0 for the Classroom!



What is Web 2.0? It is the new generation of the Internet where content on the web is created or edited by users like you! If you have written, created or collaborated on the web, then you have used Web 2.0 applications. One example is the free, personalized speaking avatar on the right by Voki. Try it out... click the play button in the bottom left corner to hear an introduction from me.

Using Web 2.0 tools will move your classroom into the 21st Century of digital skills. Students in this digital age thrive on collaboration and engagement which makes its use in the classroom an important learning tool.

Objectives:

  • To create and utilize a Web 2.0 application in the areas of audio, desktop publishing, drawing, graphics, mind maps, presentations, productivity, storytelling and video.
  • To integrate the tool in a classroom lesson for the purpose of engaging students' creativity and collaboration.

Standards:

Using Web 2.0 tools in your classroom will satisfy these National Technology Standards for Teachers and Students
  • ISTE NETS*T 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity - Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance studentlearning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
  • ISTE NETS*T 2: Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments - Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S.
  • ISTE NETS*T 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership - Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
  • ISTE NETS*S 1: Creativity and Innovation - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • ISTE NETS*S 2: Comunication and Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
*ISTE is the International Society of Technology in Education

How do I begin?

There are many Web 2.0 tools that can enhance your classroom lessons and engage your students. To begin learning about these awesome tools, choose a category on the navigation bar or click on the links below. You can complete these modules in the order of your preference.


When you have finished learning about the tools, please click on the Evaluation page to complete a short survey. Thank you!

Questions?

If you need more assistance, please feel free to contact Sherri Miller, author of this program. To learn more about me or the program, visit the About page.