In this day and age, majority of the younger generation live in a learning environment that is filled with technology tools and resources. They use technology as part of their everyday lifestyle, whether it is for learning, sharing, discovering, or entertainment. In doing so, it is necessary that as educators we should be ready in addressing and supporting these type of learners who desire to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting. In this presentation, you will be learning different web 2.0 technology tools and resources that you can use in your classroom for instruction, as well as obtaining wonderful ideas for seamless technology integration.
What is Web 2.0 Technology? Web 2.0 technology is associated with web-based applications that facilitate opportunities for collaboration, creation of new ideas, global communication, and creativity.
How can Web 2.0 Technology Tools and Resources be used in the Classroom?
Web 2.0 tools and resources can be used, but not limited to the following ideas:
What are some great Web 2.0 Technology Tools and Resources? There are several web 2.0 tools that have been developed through the time of its inception in the 21st century and many of them have and continue to be used in education. Here are some of the highly recommended Web 2.0 technology tools and resources that you can use in the classroom:
Create your own Children's book using ArtisanCam's Picture Book Maker!
Audacity is a FREE download application that allows you to record audio that can be exported and used for a podcast, presentation, or audio-video support.
Edmodo is a FREE microblogging that can be used in the classroom.
Evernote Evernote allows you to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. You can sync your ideas on the web or on your phone. What's even better is that it is free!
Fur.ly shortens multiple URLs into one. Imagine the possibilities!
GlogsterEDU is a free web tool that I believe many teachers will enjoy. It allows you to create online posters or glogs that can serve as a medium of individual expression, creativity, sharing of knowledge and ideas, and collaboration of skills.
Graphic Organizers by Education Place Education Place presents
Graphic Organizers that can be used to help students classify ideas and communicate more effectively.
Google Translate can be used to conduct basic translation of words to establish vocabulary development. Google Translate (insert in your blog) - steps on how to insert a "code" for the Google Translate bar to appear in a blog or website.
Google Search features Reading Level
Google Search provides the reading level feature that is useful when conducting web searches in the World Wide Web.
JamStudio is a free web tool that allows you to create music with the help of notes and instruments that are ready for use. You don't need to be an expert musician to make your music. This web tool makes it easy for an ordinary person, like you and me, to create background music, short music snippets, and songs without the hassle of knowing how to play an instrument or memorizing the musical scale.
Mindmeister is an online Mind Mapping and free web-based collaborative mind mapping software for brainstorming and project management.
MyAvatar is a free web tool that allows students and teachers create their "Wii-ish" avatar that can be applied in virtual environments. Cool isn't it?
Poll Everywhere is an audience response system that uses mobile phones, twitter, and the web
First time I heard and saw QR Codes, I wasn't really sure if I was seeing scanning codes just like in grocery stores and shopping malls, or an encrypted message that will require deciphering.
Tagxedo Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
The Mixxer is a FREE educational website for language exchanges via Skype.
Twitter can be a good place to share and discover what's happening right now, anywhere in the world.
Visual Thesaurus is an online thesaurus that provides users with visualization to facilitate communication, learning, and discovery.
Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
Wikispaces allow you to create FREE wikis that are simple web pages that groups can edit together.
IT Conference Region 19: Flash-Based Sites for Curriculum and Instruction
WIX is a web-based application that allows you to create easy and creative flash-based websites using available template builders and interactive add-ons. It contains different features, which encourages users to explore pages, text formats, photos or images, and animated controls, as well as to discover ideas on how to use WIX as an effective tool in developing websites. WIX features include, but are not limIted to:
WIX provides technical support to its avid and new users through a WIX Support page. This page contains detailed explanations on the following topics:
Imagine the possibilities in creating flash-based sites for curriculum and instruction. Technology resources, such as WIX, are important in enhancing and supporting classroom instruction. When properly used, these resources can provide ideas to teachers in evaluating student projects, obtaining feedback from students, encourage better participation and build higher levels of motivation, and the like. Here are some questions you may want to reflect on:
More WIX resources:
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