Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom
I recently taught a workshop for teachers on a selection of free web 2.0 tools for the classroom. Preparing helped me to understand the characteristics of web 2.0, the second generation of the web, better. The web today is not about static information any more but about creating and sharing new content such as documents, websites, slide shows or photos, and about collaboration on this content.
Web 2.0 tools are the platforms that make this possible. These tools provide room for creating new information on the web (wikis, website creation tools, blogging tools) or for collecting and organizing existing information from different sources (social bookmarking tools, photo sharing tools, slide sharing tools). All tools provide appropriate methods for organizing and searching information and great features for sharing content with others (or of keeping it private).
My presentation explains the following web 2.0 tools and shows impressive examples of how teachers have used these tools professionally:
- Delicious for social bookmarking,
- LiveBinders for resource sharing,
- FlickR for sharing and working with photos,
- Wikispaces for creating simple websites collaboratively,
- VoiceThread for conversations on different kinds of media and
- Slideshare for finding and sharing slideshows and more.