Why Web 2.0?

Our students are digital learners. Today’s kids were born digital! Their style is engagement, creativity, and learning that is self-directed and gives them empowerment.

  • Web 2.0 is user (student) oriented.
  • Web 2.0 is most generally associated with web applications that are interactive and collaborative in nature.
  • Web 2.0 is about users and content instead of surfing on the Internet. It’s more like what can the Internet do for me as a creator, a collaborator, an active participant, rather than a passive viewer of what is out there on the web
  • Web 2.0 encompasses any type of new content creation technology: blogs, wikis, podcasts, video sharing, photo sharing, web page creation, social bookmarking, cell phones, iPods and a wealth of other technologies that will soon be invented.
  • Web 2.0 is more than just Internet it is literally a web that connects us through all of the communications devices we carry.

What is Web 2.0 to a digital native?

 

Web 2.0 Tools

Web 2.0 is about revolutionary new ways of creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated content online. It’s also about ease of use. There’s no need to download, and teachers and students can master many of these tools in minutes. Technology has never been easier or more accessible to all.

 Presentation Tool – Show Don’t, Tell!

  • SlideShare – Already have a presentation? Use this tool to upload your PowerPoint or Keynote slides and share them.
  • 280 Slides – You can create stunning presentations from scratch (and for free) with 280 Slides. There’s no software to download – and when you are done you can share.
  • Prezi – Break out of the box! Prezi.com throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas

Video Tools – Lights, Camera, (Inter)action!

  • Gizmoz – Animate yourself.
  • PhotoPeach – This site allows you create slideshows with built-in polls and quizzes
  • Animoto.com/education – brings lessons to life especially designed with educators and students in mind

Community Tools – Collaboration!

  • Edmondo – Social platform for students & teachers
  • Google Docs – Real-time online collaboration
  • PBworks – Collaborative learning for schools
  • Twitter – Micro-blogging

The Twitter Experiment – Twitter in the Classroom

 

Sources:

O’Reilly, T. (n.d.). O’Reilly. Retrieved from http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html

The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools

QR Codes

So, what is a QR code?

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“A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones…scan the image of the QR Code to display text, contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a web page in the phone’s browser.” – Wikipedia

How do I make a QR code?

There are lots of different websites that will allow you to make QR codes. One way to create them is from Kaywa. Simply drop in the website (or other information like general text, phone number, or SMS message) to be directed to click generate and there you have a QR Code you can embed or print anywhere.

QR Codes Video

 

Ideas For Education:

Interesting Ways To Use QR Codes In The Classroom-This presentation Tom Barrett, has over 28 ways to use QR Codes in the classroom. Best thing here? If you come up with a different way in the presentation, you can add your idea.

Using QR Codes To Tell A Story– This post has several ideas on how students can create and use QR Codes to tell stories. Lots of lesson ideas and more QR Code resources here.

Using QR Codes In Student Projects– Simple K12 recently wrote about post about using QR Codes in the classroom and gave some examples.

The Journey

Welcome to my blog!  I look forward to continuing my educational journey at Sam Houston State University, pursuing a Master of Education in Instructional Technology with a Graduate Certificate in Effective Online Instruction. This blog will highlight the latest web 2.0 tools and resources and their usefulness to teachers and educators. I invite you to join with me on this new educational path as I become skilled in methods implementing technology into the curriculum and coordinating the networking and operational needs of a school district.  I welcome your comments, suggestions and support on this blog. It is exhilarating to envision what future possibilities are in store for our students, teachers and administrators.