Web 2.0 Tools in Your Classroom

I really like Mark Woolley’s slide on the benefits of connecting people via Web 2.0:

  • collective intelligence – collaborative
  • transparent – instant gratification
  • non-hierarchical – democratic
  • potential for passion – ownership
  • open to public – real recognition
  • permanence – searchable resource

Blogging as professional development

I first thought seriously about blogging when I read Will Richardson’s book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other powerful Web 2.0 tools for classrooms, which I would highly recommend. He spends a long time talking about blogging, and states that it is the best form of professional development available, however I was more interested in experimenting with the other great Web 2.0 tools explained so simply in his book.

Wills book

Will's book

My only other experience with blogging had not been overly positive (the Geography teacher and I had trialled blogging with her Yr 8 class, but we’d encountered a few problems with logins and access and the IM style of writing used by the students), and I had a reserved view of the value of blogging in the classroom.

However, in June/July this year I attended the NECC conference in San Antonio and looked at the blogs of some of the presenters that I’d heard. The more I looked, the more I found, along with so many great Web 2.0 applications for classrooms and libraries. I felt like Alice in Wonderland, opening door after door, and each time finding something new and exciting. I have to say that I now understand Will’s comment about blogging being the best form of professional development available. 

He also says that you need to become a blogger yourself before you try to use it with students, and he is right. Once I feel comfortable with what to do, I will feel more able to solve problems that inevitably will happen when I try again to use blogging in the classroom.  I think I’ll also add a Library Blog to our website and encourage the library staff to write about things that are happening in the library, because it’s a great way to communicate with parents.

If you would like to start blogging, bookmark the following link, as it gives you easy step-by-step instructions for setting up and managing your blog. Thanks Gail!!   http://a3wp.edublogs.org/files/2008/01/edublogs_01-29r-2008.pdf

Blogging is definitely not going to go away, as approximately 175,000 new blogs are created every day!!(http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/003674.php)  We need  to utilise the power of blogging in our schools, so make your blog #175,001 and start today!

Follow Will Richardson’s blog at: http://weblogg-ed.com/