8.5 Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching & Learning


Choose the Right ToolIn previous Modules, you have explored Web 2.0 tools, and considered how a few might support teaching and learning in your own environment. Finding the right 2.0 to use in your blended environment can be a huge challenge as there are so many from which to select.

Peruse Finding the Right Tool. (The Table of Contents on the right side of the page will help guide you through the resource.)

After you have browsed the tools determine some that you might like to implement in a blended activity. Post at least one of your ideas here sharing how that tool will support teaching and learning activities in your own environment. (If you have tools that are not mentioned, please share them here as well.)

Be sure to come back and see some ideas your colleagues have shared - it may help extend your own ideas!

Directions for a Glossary Entry:

  1. Click on Add a new entry
  2. In the Concept area provide the name of the tool you are thinking about implementing
  3. In the Definition area share your idea for implementing it into your classroom and how it will support teaching & learning
  4. Scroll down and click on Save changes

Once you have completed this activity, you will be ready to move on to the next: 8.5.1 Apps & Tools for Various Devices (Optional)



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Padlet

by Kassidi M. Adams - Monday, March 9, 2015, 8:10 PM
 

What is Padlet? It is an online environmentally friendly online sticky note spot! This tool allows you to create a wall to collaborate with students, teachers, parents and others in the community. Go to http://padlet.com/ to build your own wall. Add sticky note like electronic messages including text, websites, images and videos. Now you may be asking "What can you do with Padlet?” well, you can brainstorm on any topic, plan and organize a collaborative project and list websites to use for research,


 
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Poll Everywhere

by Alex S. Karapas - Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:10 PM
 

Poll Everywhere is a great tool because it allows not only the educator, but the students as well to conduct polls through text messages and the internet. One way this can be implemented is by having students use Poll Everywhere to find out when a good time to meet for a study session, organization meetings, and for educators to conduct polls. As a history teacher, I would use poll everywhere to conduct polls about upcoming elections and what the students would most like to learn about. However, as an educator in charge of National Honor Society or Student Government, Poll Everywhere--again--can be used to find the best available time of everyone to meet as a group.

 
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Prezi

by Zachary D. Baker - Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:54 PM
 
A great presentation software that is interactive and very professional for anyone looking to present a slide show. I like how it adds flavor and creativity to presentations.