8.5 Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching & Learning
In 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:
- Click on Add a new entry
- In the Concept area provide the name of the tool you are thinking about implementing
- In the Definition area share your idea for implementing it into your classroom and how it will support teaching & learning
- 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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Skype in the Classroom
There are three distinct ways to use Skype in the classroom. 1. Collaborate with other classes, no matter where they are. 2. You can find guest speakers and invite them into your classroom. 3. You can also take your class on a virtual field trip anywhere in the world. I would love to be able to collaborate with another orchestra and/or band program in another state, or even better, in another country! It would be a great experience for the kids, and they would be able to play repertoire for one another and talk about their own experiences within their own groups.
Skype-Experience out of the classroom
There are many ways that you can use skype in the classroom. The best way that it could benefit my students is by bringing in different experts and groups to perform for my class. There are so many ways to model using skype. Bring in different experiences outside of the classroom into it is exactly how I plan to utilize this tool.
I think that Skype is a great tool for the classroom. It allows students to talk to people outside of the classroom. Skype is a great tool for interviewing others, going on virtual field trips, and learning about other parts of the world or people from other places.