Teaching Outside the Box

ID: 31531 Type: Roundtable
  1. Michelle Cheasty- Ritger, Flemington- Raritan Regional School District, United States

Thursday, March 10 5:15 PM-6:15 PM Location: McGavock's B

No presider for this session.

Abstract: What is Web 2.0 and what do I do with it? Web 2.0 tools were designed to facilitate interactivity and collaboration through the web. By integrating Web 2.0 tools into the classroom, teachers can provide students with an expanded learning environment, and extend the classroom beyond the tradition 4 concrete walls. Explore what tools exist, how to search for additional tools, and how to integrate them into the classroom. Discuss CyberSafety issues, and how to present the collaboration tools to students and parents with information about CyberSafety.


Attendees will be able to choose Web 2.0 tools to facilitat interactivity and collaboration in the classroom. Attendees will also learn ways to extend learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom. Given budgetary constraints, attendees will understand how to find free or low- cost virtual learning environments for students. Attendees will also become more aware of ways to protect children in online environments.

Topical Outline

What is Web 2.0- discuss Web 2.0, compare with traditional web- discuss educational benefits on interactive web portals What collaborative online tools exist- Blogs, podcasts, wikis, collaborative Google tools What tools can extend my classroom experiences- free tools available, online tutorials How do I integrate these tools into my classroom- lesson examples from various grade levels How do I keep my students safe while online- introduction of cybersafety, presentation of online web tools for teaching, parent and teacher resources, statistics How do I find online collaborative tools that fit within my budget- using the web to search for additional online collaborative tools


Participants should have, at a minimum, basic knowledge of the computer and the Internet.

Experience Level



I am currently the Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Information Systems with the Flemington- Raritan Regional School District. In addition, I also teach online for ITT Tech. I have presented workshops at Techspo, the annual New Jersey Technology Exposition hosted by the NJASA, yearly since 2008. I am also presenting at FETC in January. I have presented many after school workshops for teachers, involving a variety of different software applications and integration strategies. I have also participated in a variety of videoconferencing opportunities through Rutgers University. In addition, I am working on completing my PhD in education, focusing on teacher retention, with an expected graduation date of late 2010- early 2011.


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