In this blog post, I describe 3 positive ways Web 2.0 can be used in teaching.
While classroom and student collaboration is an easy to identify benefit of Web 2.0 tools, the rise in global teacher professional learning networks (PLN) are largely enabled by Web 2.0 tools. Social networks such as Twitter connect teachers from all over the world. Teacher forums, blogs and online groups allow teachers to not only share resources but dicuss common issues and support each other. It seems that Web 2.0 are enhancing the teaching profession in and out of the classroom.
Some think that Flipped Learning is all about making videos children watch at home. It is not. According to Sams and Bergmann (2013) it's about how to best use your in-class time with students. Technology tools can helps teachers move away from direct instruction as their primary teaching tool toward a more student-centered approach. Teachers can curate content for students to work on or set individualsed tasks on a waide array of educational platfroms, in a sense freeing them to work with groups and individuals.
The dizzying array of quiz, data collection or audeince participation tools online is incredibly useful in the classroom as formative assessment tools. Chaiyp and Nokham note the positive outcomes and perceptions from stduents when using tools such as Quizziz and Kahoot. As well as being highly motivating to students, they can provide teachers with insights that can inform future instruction.
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Chaiyo, Y., & Nokham, R. (2017). The effect of Kahoot, Quizizz and Google Forms on the student's perception in the classrooms response system. In Digital Arts, Media and Technology (ICDAMT), International Conference on (pp. 178-182). IEEE.
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Sams, A., & Bergmann, J. (2013). Flip your students' learning. Educational leadership, 70(6), 16-20.