Why This Wiki?

This wiki is designed to provide teachers with support to use Web 2.0 tools in their classrooms. Our students are using these tools every day in their social lives and more and more people are relying on them in their working lives.

These tools are simply ways of collaborating with other people to discuss issues, build understanding and to share and create knowledge.

You are invited to both use the material here to improve your own understanding and to contribute material and examples that will support others.

The main intention is to make it easier for all teachers at our school to begin using, or more importantly, to free students to use such tools in their learning.

Initially, resources and ideas are added on linked pages on the following Web 2.0 tools:
Marion has sent a copy of the following to all staff. Very Useful!!!

Create Games to Review Content Using PowerPoint

Use PowerPoint to create fun and interactive games that allow students to review material. A whole variety of games can be created using the tool, including ones inspired by shows like Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? To build a game, you can use the hyperlink function to recreate the interactivity of buttons on a game screen. If you don't have the time or inclination to learn how to make a game screen, you can use one of the many templates available for classroom use online.

Focus Computer Time

Prepare computer-based lessons carefully to improve time management. Provide detailed instructions for the activity so that students don't waste time figuring out what they should be doing. Post the Internet address’ using Tutor to Teacher and give clear directions for the assignment. As students work independently or in small groups, they can rotate, working on computer and non computer stations set up around the room ie photographs, video clips, short film, samples of resources, maps etc etc.

Incorporate various MultiMedia in your Presentations

Use multimedia to connect content with real life examples shown in photographs, videos, and other media types. Multimedia presentations allow you to appeal to a wide variety of learning styles, while meeting important instructional goals. PowerPoint gives you the ability to bring in many different kinds of media, including graphic images, coloured backgrounds, photographs, sound files, video clips, animations, and, of course, text. It also allows you to hyperlink pages within the presentation to external Web pages, as well as to other pages within the presentation.

Model Excellence in Digital Portfolios

Give students a sample of what the digital portfolio should resemble. You may want to develop a menu of items and file types that could be included. If the digital portfolio process is new to your class or school, mock-up a sample of what you would like students to create. In addition to providing students with a model, it will be a useful exercise because it allows you to assess the amount of time and effort required to complete the portfolio. Build regular check points in the process to make sure students are thinking about and assembling their portfolio.

Organise Information on the Internet

Create a graphic organizer for students to use as they research on the Web. The Internet provides such a wealth of information that students frequently find it difficult to limit their research. A graphic organizer helps learners choose concepts and facts that fit the assigned topic. Students whose learning styles are more global and visual will also find these organizers helpful.

Internet for Curriculum Based Collabration

Craft a collaborative class project with another teacher in your building. Using the Internet as a source of research material, have students forms groups to collect data on different facets of a curriculum topic. Extend their learning and skill sets by having them create and publish a Web site about the topic.

Use a Rubric to Assess Web Quests
Using a rubric focuses attention on each part of the WebQuest. It also helps clearly communicate the evaluation guidelines that will be used for student assessment. If possible, show models of previously completed WebQuests.

Make the Best Use of Web Quests

Focus on your objectives and decide whether a WebQuest is the best possible choice for students. In a WebQuest activity, students read a plan you have designed, and they research sources you have identified, primarily from the Internet. Then, students must take the information they have gathered and work with it in a way the leads them to more complex thinking processes such as synthesis and analysis. The WebQuest may be simple or complex and can take anywhere from 1-3 class periods or more. For a wide range of examples, check out the selection of examples at webquest.org.

Set Up an Online Project with Another Class

Set up a collaborative project with a class located in another part of the country. Find a teacher located elsewhere who is teaching the same content. Work together to plan an interactive project for your students. Problem solving or global issues are particularly good topics for this open-ended type of assignment. Students are likely to encounter differing points of view that will stimulate critical analysis. Have them compare and contrast their ideas to come up with possible solutions. Students can use a wiki, e-mail and the Web to discuss and post student work.

Encourage Students to Use PowerPoint Effectively

Help students use PowerPoint as a means to an end (presenting their work) rather than an end in itself (creating a presentation). Emphasize the knowledge and skills that should be attained by completing the project. This will help students focus on learning goals. Although creating a multimedia presentation is often fun, the research, ideas, and analytical skills that go into the project are at least equally important as the way the material is presented. Reflect this emphasis in your grading structure. Encourage students to add other functions like voice recording and video clips to give depth to their presentations. You can also help students by providing tips that can apply to any presentation, such as using appropriate body language, incorporating powerful images, projecting enthusiasm, and using a good speaking voice.

Look for Online Learning Tools

Explore the Internet for free Web-based tools available online. Universities and other organizations have created many opportunities for students and teachers to access advanced computing and electronics tools online for free. Web sites such as the http:bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu Bugscope Project allow K-12 students to remotely operate electron microscopes to examine insects. Another site, http:earth.esa.int Earthnet Online, provides tools for students to explore remote sensing satellite images and data. Each site demonstrates opportunities for collaboration with professionals or students using the Internet.

History Blog

At the beginning of the school year, encourage your students to develop a blog about an interesting event in history. Each student should pick a different event. Provide classroom time for the students to update the blog on a weekly basis. At the end of the year, allow the class to perform a peer review of each blog. Remember to send the blog links home to parents so that they can watch their child's knowledge grow. Speak to other teachers and make the blog a cross-curricular activity.

Require Peer to Peer Interaction on Internet Assignments

Ask students to share information with one another. You may wish to structure lessons that break down information-gathering tasks into easily dispersed pieces. When students share the responsibility of learning with classmates, they may feel more accountable for accomplishing goals.

Activate Learning with a Blog
Blogs are a free form of web-based journals. They can contain links, images, audio and text. They are a great way to engage your students in writing. Blogs provide an opportunity for self writing assessment along with peer assessment. Students will love to see their work published.

Use the Web to Teach Terms

Use the Web to reinforce vocabulary. Students can access a multitude of activities and links. By visiting different Web sites related to the subject, students will see the key terms used in context. They will also see how these terms are important to everyday life.

Use Google Earth

Google Earth allows students to explore the entire world on a computer. Students can navigate around the world. It is a great tool to enhance your students study of environmental issues, presidential campaigns, economics, geography, and more. Go to http://earth.google.com/ to take a tour and download it for free. Last year I had the pleasure of watching a teacher, who shall be nameless, take his Year 12 Tourism Class on a Google Tour of the all the Wonders of the World! Had the attention of the class - and me100%!

Add Internet Activities

Incorporate at least one Internet-based activity per unit next year. Check with your curriculum specialist or technology coordinator for ideas. Review your lessons for themes that have a connection to the real world and search the Internet for related sites. You can also visit your textbook site to get ideas for these activities. Consider developing a WebQuest for the unit.

Use the Web for Key concepts and Principals

Introduce key concepts and principles via the Internet. Many textbook Web sites offer students Web activities and links that put content in context. Real life examples from the Web make learning more concrete for students. Additionally, activities and games are designed to reinforce the concepts of the lesson while building upon students' skills and problem-solving abilities.