Web 2.0 Applications in Education - AASSA Educator's Conference 2009

October 22-24, 2009

Web 2.0 Applications in Education: In order to match students to their evolving learning styles, this presentation is designed to provide teachers with a list of free Web 2.0 Applications plus freeware along with some suggestions as to how they may be used in the classroom. Online Applications presented will include mindmaps, slideshows, timeline makers, web tours, photo fun, website builders, blogs, wikis, surveys and polls, multimedia scrapbooks, office apps, flyer making, games, plus more. The presentation will give a general overview of the apps and how to use them in the class rather than how to use each individual application. User guides for the apps, when available, will be given out at the end of the presentation. Also, all participants will be invited to a wiki where they will be able to learn how a wikis works and comment on the Web 2.0 applications discussed in the presentation.

Presenters: Rocio & Derwin from The International School Nido de Aguilas

What is Web 2.0?

Simply put, Web 1.0 was a few people making web pages for a lot of people using HTML code and a few editors. Web 2.0is anyone creating websites easily for everyone else to see.

Web 1.0 -> Web 2.0
Personal websites -> Blogging
Britannica Online -> Wikipedia
Read only -> Read and write

From: http://www.labnol.org/internet/favorites/the-difference-between-web-10-and-web-20/665/

What is Web 3.0?

Web 3.0 is on its way although there is still some debate on what Web 3.0 is going to look like!

Some say that instead of search engines, you'll get 'answer engines'. Check out Wolfram Alpha or Google Squared. Others say that the web itself will be turned into a database and/or Internet content will be accessible by programs other than Internet browsers (like Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer).

Why use Web 2.0?

There are many benefits to using Web 2.0 apps in your classroom:
  • engaging
  • student's work is authentic (if students publish to the web, they are creating for an actual audience, not just the teacher)
  • collaborative (students can work with others on authentic projects)
  • creative (for students, can create PPTs, movies, online videos, Google Earth file and upload to the web; for teachers, they can display share information with their students in new and engaging ways)
  • Web 2.0 apps can link the classroom with the home (sharing homework, samples of work, students working on projects, homework documents, etc.)
  • Web 2.0 apps are available anywhere and anytime, which helps to extend learning
  • reach many different learning styles
    • Visual
    • Auditory
    • Tactile or Kinesthetic
  • reach all the multiple intelligences
    • visual/spatial
    • verbal/linguistic
    • logical/mathematical
    • bodily/kinesthetic
    • musical/rhythmic
    • interpersonal
    • intrapersonal
  • students will go home and go to the Internet, why not have them go to your wiki, blog, or your chosen app and learn

Teachers can use these apps for use in their lessons.

Students can use these apps as ways of being assessed, creating study aids, or creatively doing projects.


From Becta:

"The reports found that young learners are prolific users of Web 2.0 technologies in their leisure time but that the use of Web 2.0 in the classroom was limited. However, schools and teachers who are innovating in this area have found benefits, such as:
  • Web 2.0 helps to encourage student engagement and increase participation – particularly among quieter pupils, who can use it to work collaboratively online, without the anxiety of having to raise questions in front of peers in class – or by enabling expression through less traditional media such as video.
  • Teachers have reported that the use of social networking technology can encourage online discussion amongst students outside school.
  • Web 2.0 can be available anytime, anywhere, which encourages some individuals to extend their learning through further investigation into topics that interest them.
  • Pupils feel a sense of ownership and engagement when they publish their work online and this can encourage attention to detail and an overall improved quality of work. Some teachers reported using publication of work to encourage peer assessment.

The research also found that over half of teachers surveyed believe that Web 2.0 resources should be used more often in the classroom. However, the majority of teachers questioned had never used Web 2.0 applications in lessons, despite being frequent users of technology in their personal and professional lives. Their main concerns involved a lack of time to familiarise themselves with the technology and worries about managing the use of the internet in class.

The reports recommended that teachers should be encouraged to help learners to develop more sophisticated use of Web 2.0 technology and to give them the skills to navigate this space."

How to use this site?

When we presented Web 2.0 Apps in Education to some of our colleagues, the response was "I'm overwhelmed" and "there's just too much." That's true, we were overwhelmed just compiling the lists and testing some of the apps. There's a LOT out there.
  1. Start small. Sit back with your favorite beverage, relax, and check out the wiki. All of the apps are relatively straightforward and easy to use. Whenever possible, we've tried to include videos or help links for you. Look at a category that interests you and start with one even if it's just playing classical music from an online radio station.
  2. Be a leader. Be a titmouse and share your knowledge of how to crack the seal on a milk bottle. Go back to your school and share this site with your colleagues and share what apps you've tried and liked. We're starting a monthly lunchtime talk with staff who want discuss how they're using their wikis. Email the URL of this site to other teacher friends around the world.
  3. Join this wiki. Email romartin [at] nido.cl or dkitch [at] nido.cl and we'll gladly invite you to the wiki where you can add your feedback or other apps that you've found and liked.

What is beta?

You'll often see that a lot of these sites are in Beta.
That means that the software has been released to the public but may not be working 100% properly. There may be a few issues, although usually not serious. Basically, they're using you as a guinea pig to help iron out any and all problems.

New Millennium Learners

"The changing ways that members of this generation can learn, communicate and entertain themselves are according to Pedró (2006) the primary reasons behind the growing popularity of social computing applications such as blogs, wikis, tagging and instant messaging.
According to Pedró (2006) NML are highly skilled at multitasking. They usually take for granted that multitasking is the normal approach to using digital media: being online while at the same time watching TV, talking on the phone, and doing homework. Undoubtedly, their recurrent activity with these technologies can be said to have fundamentally shaped their notions of communication, knowledge management, learning, and even their personal and social values. They multitask, moving quickly from one activity to another, sometimes performing them simultaneously (Olbinger & Olbinger, 2005). According to a recent OECD study multitasking as a phenomenon will not disappear, but, contrarily, it will become mainstream (OECD, 2008)."

"...the generation of New Millennium Learners displays complex learning styles that are shaped by the ubiquity, accessibility and ease of use of digital resources. Compared to prior generations of learners, they are digitally literate, they think more visually and in a non- linear manner, they practise multitasking and give preference to multimedia environments. They are continuously connected with their peers and “always on”. In learning environments they are easily bored, need a variety of stimuli not to get distracted, are impatient and expect instant feedback and rewarding. They are social, team-spirited and engaged, goal-oriented and pragmatic, and appropriate (learning) resources to suit their individual needs. To come to terms with the information overload of the digital era, they (need to) employ learning strategies that involve searching, sieving, managing, re-combining, validating and contextualizing information."
REDECKER Christine, 2008 Source

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Other Web 2.0 Education Sites

If these sites aren't enough for you, check out these:

Web 2.0 in Education (UK)

Cool Tools for Schools

Free Web 2.0 Books/Projects

PC Magazines Top 100 Web Sites of 2009

Web 2.0 Tools and Applications

Feed My Apps

Web 2 That Works

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