Web 2.0 for the Classroom – Wiki

Web 2.0 for the Classroom WikiI’ve just come across this website from my Google Alerts, and what a great find! http://web20fortheclassroom.wikispaces.com/

This is an online learning course, presented in a wiki, and developed by Sherri Miller, an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Gloucester County Public Schools.

There are 9 modules which you can work your way through at your own pace, investigating  some sites in depth, and exploring others as needed. It’s also a site you can recommend to teachers at your school if they are looking for ideas for integrating technology into their lessons.  The list of topics is below, but the Site Map gives the complete overview of all the pages.

What I particularly like about this wiki is that firstly Sherri gives examples of how the different web 2.0 tools can be used to enhance learning in the classroom, and secondly she lists her favourite tools/applications, giving you the option to try first the ones she has used and recommended.

Teacher girl computer

Image from http://web20fortheclassroom.wikispaces.com/

25 Tools: A Toolbox for Learning Professionals 2009

Here is a great SlideShare presentation of Web 2.0 tools for teachers by Jane Hart, founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, “one of the world’s most-visited and most popular learning sites on the Web, with over 8,000 unique visitors a day.”

If you visit this site, you can go to the Directory of Learning Tools where you can access over 3,000 tools for learning – and the good thing is that over 2,300 of them are free!

Jane is currently compiling a 2009 list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning, so if you would like to share your Top 1o Favourtie Tools, click on this link


My Top 10 Favourite Tools so far:

Animoto, Cooliris, Diigo, Jing, Ning, Prezi, SlideShare, Twitter, Vodpod, VoiceThread
 (This was a difficult list to choose!)


View more presentations from Jane Hart.

A Week in the Life of a ‘New Media’ Teacher Librarian

Here is a link to an article written by Judy O’Connell, a very active and inspiring role-model who incorporates Web 2.0 and ICTs in her everyday professional life.  Hmm – rather challenging, especially the sentence at the end where she says “Now it’s your turn to be a Web 2.0 Teacher Librarian!!”   (Judy’s blog is called HeyJude.)

A Week in the Life of a New Media Teacher Librarian

Social Bookmarking with Diigo

Social bookmarking is one of the the 5 things that Sue Waters (the Edublogger) suggests you should be doing to create your own PLN (Personal Learning Network).  One of  the best things I’ve ever done is to create an account with Diigo and join groups such as Classroom 2.0Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers, Teacher-Librarians and Engaging Digital Natives.

The beauty of social bookmarking is that each week, people around the world bookmark websites and share them with one of their groups as they save them. If you have joined one of these groups, you will be sent an email each week with all the sites bookmarked during that week.  I feel as if a constant stream of ‘treasures’ is being dropped into my lap without me having to search for them – all I have to do is sift through them and take out the ones I think might be useful to me.  As well as that, I can look at sites that other people have tagged with the same tags I have used, and pick up new sites that way.

Using Diigo in the classroom, you can set up a group for your students with a unique name that only has significance to them, and then all of your students can save to this group as they find useful sites. You can also highlight sections of the text on a website and add a sticky note to it that is only visible to Diigo users, or one that is totally private for your group.

The first step is to join Diigo, then download the Diigo toolbar onto your computer, which allows you to easily check your Diigo homepage, bookmark sites, and add highlighting or sticky notes.

Click on the images below to enlarge for step-by-step instructions.

Bookmark your sites using the Diigo toolbar
Bookmark your sites using the Diigo toolbar

See your bookmarks or search by tags
See your bookmarks or search by tags

Search your own or other people's bookmarks
Search your own or other people’s bookmarks

Create or join groups and set up alerts here
Create or join groups and set up alerts here

Highlight text or add a sticky note
Highlight text or add a sticky note

My Diigo bookmarks:  http://www.diigo.com/user/cathryno

Diigo Help Centre: http://help.diigo.com/

Diigo User Guide:  http://www.diigo.com/help/outline

PPTs about Diigo:  http://www.slideshare.net/search/slideshow?q=diigo&submit=post&commit=Search

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