Educating teachers about Web2.0

Tag cloud by Markus AngermeierIn a few weeks I will have to give a presentation to teachers about Web2.0. I will have about an hour to make my case as to why they should get on board. These teachers all have different needs and expertise with technology. I am trying to decide on how to approach it and, as they all have notebook computers, I thought that I would show them some useful tools that are not difficult to use and let them play to increase they familiarity with each of the tools.

There are many tools that we can use to encourage our students. They are varied in their level of difficulty and can tap into the many and varied ways our students prefer to learn.

I thought I would show them some of the new, visual, generation of search engines, such as SearchMe and Viewzi which I have been trialling and writing up some hints on making the best use of them.

Glogster which is very visual. It is a website that at will allow students to create interactive posters with images, videos, and music. It could be used in any subject.  Students can present information, thoughts, ideas or feelings. Visual and audio media can be added as well as text. It is very easy to use and can look quite amazing. Western-Victorian-Coastline 

or My first glogster attempt

Rollyo logoI also liked the idea of Rollyo and can see that they might easily see how to use this when they are setting up a research project. Students use their search skills in looking for their information but within sites that the teacher regards as authorative or most useful to the students.

There is also Wordle. Wordle creates word clouds from blocks of text, web addresses and various other text options and automatically produces a cloud of words, the size of each word indicating its relative frequency. This is useful but what makes it really striking is that the font, colours and overall shape of the cloud can be varied. It is very easy to use and results can be striking. I would like our English teachers to use it with some of the vocabulary exercises to give our students something visual, simulating and fun.

Then of course there is Flickr and all its many tools, Google tools and social bookmarking tools such as and Furl.

I also want to introduce them to some of the educational wikis and blogs that I really like and try to get them to use RSS feeds for some that they are shown or find. Wikis such as the WebTools4Us2Use and CR2.0 and Teaching Hacks wikis and some of the blogs from my blogroll.

That should cover some of the basics and give them a taste. I hope they will then decide to try more.





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