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. (Discovery Education)
There are many great Web 2 Tools available today to integrate into your teaching practices. Web 2 tools are a great way for teachers to extend their teaching to outside the classroom, for example, ‘the flipped classroom’. Here are just a few web 2 tools that I have found to extremely user-friendly and useful.
Below I have created an Adobe Spark presentation to show you just what can be achieved with web 2 tools
Reasons to integrate Web 2.0 Tools in the Curriculum
- Audience – An authentic audience provides a sense of purpose for the students.
- Relevance – Web 2.O tools embedded in teaching and learning programs increase relevance to this generation of young learners.
- Critical and Creative Thinking – Creativity is at the heart of Web 2.0 and many of its vast array of tools. Likewise, Web 2.0 tools can motivate students to learn while developing critical thinking skills necessary for competing in today’s global economy.
- Appropriate Conduct – As our students relate to each other digitally they need to be guided in developing appropriate communication skills.
- Global Citizenship – Most of our schools and homes now have the infrastructure to support ongoing communication and relationships with people beyond our borders. Being able to communicate effectively between cultures has never been so important.
- Improved Teaching Skills – Research shows that access to online social networking tools had a direct impact on educators teaching abilities and skills.
- Learning Gains – Research shows that along with quality teaching programs and educators, access to web 2.0 tools through social networks has a positive impact on the learning outcomes of their students.
- Assessment, Discussion, and Reflection – Web 2.0 tools can be implemented for formative and summative assessment, online discussion forums and for students to reflect on the learning.
- Opportunities to Collaborate – Web 2.0 tools and environments provide opportunities for students and teachers to collaborate easily and effectively. Important peer review skills can be learned as students have easy access to each others’ work.
- Transparency and Openness – Just as students are able to effectively collaborate with ease using these tools, so can teachers collaborate with other teachers to share best practices and become even more effective educators.