The birth of Web 2.0 tools changed the way we used the interent. It allowed individuals to collaborate with one another and contribute to the authorship of content, customise websites for their use, and instantaneously publish their thoughts (Alexander, 2006, Heafner and Friedman, 2008). This naturally had an impact upon education and the way technology was used in the classroom.
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.
Alexander, B. (2006) Web 2.0: A new wave of innovation for teaching and learning? Educause Review, 41 (2) (2006), pp. 32-44
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.
Heafner, T.L. & Friedman, A. M. (2008) Wikis and constructivism in secondary social studies: Fostering a deeper understanding. Computers in the Schools, 25 , pp. 288-302
Sams, A., & Bergmann, J. (2013). Flip your students' learning. Educational leadership, 70(6), 16-20.
Hello, thanks for stopping by! I am Laura Bain and this is my reflective blog for ESC515. This is my 4th subject in my Masters of Education, in which I am specialising in Information and Communication Technologies. Very excited by the coursework for this subject and looking forward to reading what everyone's thoughts are along the way. Thanks for taking the time to visit and reading my entries.