New Web 2.0 Tools

Last week I was present for a short presentation on many many web 2.0 tools which I had never heard of before. I’m slowly going through each of the web 2.0 tools which were presented on. Some of them I had already heard of but was not sure of what they did.

I plan on doing an elaborate post on each of the web 2,0 tools but here is a list of what is to come or you want to go ahead and research them yourself before the post!

  1. Narrable (good blog as to what narrable is http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/narrable-classroom-activity-ideas.shtml)
  2. Project 252
  3. The Answer Pad
  4. Xmind
  5. History Hub
  6. National Library of Ireland (website resources are fascinate even if it is not directly a web 2.0 tool)
  7. Storybird
  8. Edmodo
  9. Glogster
  10. Classtools.net
  11. Ted Ed
  12. Morzino
  13. Popplet
  14. Coggle
  15. Podomatic
  16. Audioboom
  17. Facebook
  18. Google classroom
  19. Padlet Backpack
  20. Twitter
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Key skills – Being Creative

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One of the key skills on the Junior Certificate is Being Creative.

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The key elements in regards to Being Creative are:

1.  Imagining
2.  Exploring options and alternatives
3.  Implementing ideas and taking action
4.  Learning creatively
5.  Stimulating creativity using digital technology.

Keeping this in mind – I want to look at Web 2.0 tolls which might fit into this theme of Being Creative!

 


 

@PowToon

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1.Imagining

4.Learning creatively

5.Stimulating creativity using digital technology.

 

Powtoon is a creative tool which I think fits this category of the Key Skills perfectly! Though I have only been using @PowToon recently – I find it has allowed be to be very creative and interactive with my lessons.

I have made three Powtoons so far and each has been easy to create and use in the classroom. No ads, no huge long trail, easy demo and best of all engages the students!

So far, it’s been a huge hit with the students as they are amazed that they can create a shirt video and have different elements come in at certain times. (Santa waving has been a huge hit with 1st years)

Additionally, I feel it’s also a great starting point if you are doing multimedia with a class as sometimes they are overwhelmed using Windows moviemakrer and other editing online products.


 

@historyepics

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These are two web 2.0 tools I would highly encourage use of if trying to embrace the key skills into the classroom if teaching history.

According to the Key skills document:

Photos can be used in language classes, History, Geography, and lots of subjects to develop students’ capacity to imagine what it would be like to be in that moment. You might use historic images of people and events, or current images of people who are experiencing challenges or triumphs and ask students to imagine what they would think, feel and do if they were in the picture. Students might choose a character from a photograph and take on the role. Other class members can then question them in role. Or each group might be given a photo mounted on a large sheet of paper and then write what they think the character in the photo might be thinking and feeling.

Web 2.0

What is web 2.0?

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Recently, I have been blogging and updating this blog press but I feel I may have lost track as to what is Web 2.o tools and how are they relevant to education?

Thus I am going to back to basics and going to see which Web 2.0 tools I have been using and how are the beneficial to education!


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Why are we using Web 2.0 in regards to a classroom setting?

Web 2.0 tools allows us to communicate with our students and encourages collaborative learning.

We can share and create new knowledge and information with students.


 

What are Web 2.0 tools I may already know and use without realising?

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Many educators use Web 2.0 tools without realising what they are. You are probably already using many Web 2.0 tools in the classroom already. For example – facebook, youtube, RSS feeds, Yahoo, Twitter, Reddit, Goggle, Skype, Flickr, Wordle, slideshare, etc. etc.

The list is never ending and exhausting! Which is great as an educator that you have so much choice and freedom to choose what suits you, your teaching style and method and your classes.


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One point which I feel must be made in regards to many Web 2.0 tools is that they are free for the majority! Yes you can upgrade for a fee but overall most Web 2.o tools are free and easy to use!

Even looking at the above ‘eco-system of Web 2.0 tools’ you can recognise the top Web 2.o Tools – how do they make their money – Advertisements!  Thus I do recommended if you are using your own laptop in the school – install ad blocker! (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en)


 

What leg does Web 2.0 have in a classroom? Why should we use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom?

This is a question that is constant considering the reports from the recent OCED report and Digital Strategy Scheme in Ireland. However, there has been a huge amount of academic journals published in regards to using Web 2.0 in the classroom!

These articles were picked by myself and fellow MA students in regards to looking at the varying opinions and verdicts of Web 2.0 Tools in Education!

  1. Bennett, Sue and others, Implementing Web 2.0 Technologies in Higher Education: A Collective Case Study, 59 vols (2012) <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=75168473&site=ehost-live>
  2. Boyd, Patricia, ‘Blogging in the Classroom: Using Technologies to Promote Learner-Centered Pedagogies’, Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26 (2013), 85-113 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=94391334&site=ehost-live>
  3. Byrne, Richard, ‘The Effect of Web 2.0 on Teaching and Learning’, Teacher Librarian. Dec. 2009, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p50-53.<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?sid=3b3da761-ddfd-4941-8351-c5130bc51e71%40sessionmgr4005&vid=0&hid=4114&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=47500195&db=a9h>
  4. Capo, Berta Hayes, Orellana, Anymir, ‘Web 2.0 Technologies for Classroom Instruction: High School Teachers’ Perceptions and Adoption Factors’, Quarterly Review of Distance Education. Winter 2011, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p235-253<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=5b9cd87b-71d7-4433-86aa-b24761415072%40sessionmgr4002&vid=0&hid=4114>#
  5. Ebner, Martin, Andreas Holzinger, and Hermann Maurer. “Web 2.0 technology: future interfaces for technology enhanced learning?.” Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, (2007), 559-568. <http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-540-73283-9_62>
  6. Killingsworth, E. ‘Use of technology in Classroom Testing.Nurse Educator,  (2015) Ktsis, Stacy M, “The Facebook Generation: Homework as Social Networking”, The English Journal 98 (2008), 30–36. <http://goo.gl/wXBBjo>
  7. Koh, Caroline, ‘Exploring the use of Web 2.0 Technology to Promote Moral and Psychosocial Development: Can You Tube Work?’, British Journal of Educational Technology,45 (2014), 619-635 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofm&AN=96558443&site=ehost-live>
  8. Kovalik, Cindy and others, ‘Implementing Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom: Four Teachers’ Accounts’, TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 58 (2014), 90-94 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=97503703&site=ehost-live>
  9. Luther, Frances D. and Justin Pickering, ‘Using Web 2.0 Learning Environments to Address Diversity: A Diversity-Education Example’, Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 81 (2015), 28-34 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=101823315&site=ehost-live>
  10. Newland, Barbara and Linda Byles, ‘Changing Academic Teaching with Web 2.0 Technologies’, Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 51 (2014), 315-325 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=95304671&site=ehost-live>