Innovative ICT in Education: Web 2.0

During this session, I shared a small list of web 2.0 websites that teachers can start using in their classroom.

Aims:

  1. What is web 2.0?
  2. ‘Some’ web 2.0 websites.

You can find the PowerPoint used during the session by clicking here to download it.

1) What is web 2.0?

Web 2.0 are interactive, user-centred design, user collaboration and information sharing websites. Most websites that we use today are web 2.0 sites, where you interact with the website itself or other users. Popular examples of such sites are Facebook, Twitter and the BBC website. However, there are thousands – if not millions – of other web 2.0 sites out there and some can be used effectively in education.

2) ‘Some’ web 2.0 websites
The great thing about these websites, both student and teacher can effectively use and implement in the classroom.


Educreations
Educreations allows you to record on a whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula… Create an animated lesson… Add commentary to your photos… Diagram a sports play…

iBuildApp
Create your own handheld device App for iPhone or iPad on iBuildApp

Or

Create a Web App for ANY handheld device.

Socrative
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. You can access Socrative through the Teachers Login where you can set activities through Socrative, or through the Student Login where you can complete the activities set in the Teachers Login. All the student needs to do is access your virtual room by using the unique room number.

Prezi
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.

Dropbox
Dropbox is a free Cloud service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Why not collaborate with other teachers by sharing your teaching resources, or use it to share lesson content with students.

Gmail
Gmail is a free email service provided by Google.

The Gmail trick: add an addition ‘name.’ for students

e.g. mrwickenspe+georgeb@gmail.com
or… mr.wickenspe@gmail.com

Piktochart
Piktochart is a web application to create infographics. Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge.

Edmodo
Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications.

As you can see this is by no means a definitive list of web 2.0 websites that you can use in education. Why not search the internet for a useful website to use in your subject/classroom?

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Phill says:

    Nice Article. Thanks for sharing this, really useful.

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