Students Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Develop 21st Century Skills
Tuesday, October 22 11:35-11:55 AM
This paper presents the use of Web 2.0 technologies in a middle school language arts classroom. Students publish and respond to peers in their own blogs, develop and reflect and receive formative feedback on their online portfolio, collaborate on developing Prezis, and publish their own classroom online magazine. The use of these Web 2.0 technologies brings in 21st Century student outcomes such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, career skills, information media, and technology skills as well as the core subjects of reading, writing, research, social studies, science and math. Previous studies of this project have demonstrated growth in academic content knowledge and community outreach and future studies will measure growth in standardized testing and further studies on community building. This classroom serves as a model for use of Web 2.0 technologies for pre-service teachers and teacher education faculty.