The Best FREE Web 2.0 Tools and Suggestions for Use in Classroom Learning (BYOL)
Ann Rose, West Liberty University, United States
Monday, March 7 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Abstract: Bring your laptop and join the journey! So much to see and so little time! This session shares over 80 of the very best FREE Web 2.0 tools and suggestions for immediate implementation into classroom learning. Sites are highlighted as participants developing two differentiated instruction-based learning experiences, each integrating several of the highlighted tools with a focus on engaging, quality, student learning and teacher management. The experience is not content or platform specific and is applicable K-20 student learning.
After this session, participants will be able to:
*identify quality, free Web 2.0 tools
*integrate select tools into multiple quality learning opportunities
*use Web 2.0 tools to differentiate instruction
*consider new ways to use Web 2.0 tools
*state the advantages and disadvantages of various Web 2.0 tools
*gain from the sharing of knowledge with other participants
*share learning activities with other participants for future use
*establish professional connections to enhance their personal learning networks
I. What are Web 2.0 tools?
a) Why Web 2.0 tools?,
b) If it’s free, is it really good?
II. The journey begins… It’s not the tools, it’s the learning!
a) Pre-trip planning: Where to begin and where to end
b) Selecting tools (Highlighting #1-40) and considering applications
* Planning Session #1 using preselected tools with a focus on differentiation,
* Development of Learning Experience #1 Using Google Docs,
* Debriefing: Where are we? Lessons learned.
c) Reviewing tools (#41-80) with
* Planning Session #2 starting with preselected tools with a focus on grade level & content,
* Development of Learning Experience #2 Using Google Sites
d) Sharing work through Google Docs & Sites (archived)
III Questions and next steps
Participants should bring a laptop with wireless internet access and have a general computer use (web browsing, email, word processing)and a gmail account. A participant without a laptop may participate through collaboration.
The instructor is an Associate Professor of Education at a small, rural university. She has over thirty years experience as an educator working in K-12 and higher education. After 13 years working with teacher preparation and most recently as the director of a large teacher education program, she serves as the university’s Director of Instructional Technologies. In this capacity she coordinates online learning, professional development for faculty, and works to enhance student learning through the integration of effective instructional technologies. In her role as faculty, she teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Instructional Technologies, always with a focus on enhancing student learning. Each year she presents professional development opportunities at the local, state, regional and national level.
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