Sunday, November 2, 2008

Why I use web 2.0 tools in my classroom

Tomorrow I will make a presentation with Susan Carter Morgan at the annual VAIS conference. Our presentation will focus on using online tools in the classroom. Instead of talking about WHY we will share HOW we use various online tools to enhance the learning opportunities in our English classes.
So, in a nutshell, this is the WHY for me.(Click each image for a larger view)

Effective learning of any concept involves three distinct stages. These can occur in any order, but in the traditional classroom tend to begin with information, then some manipulation of that information, but rarely are there opportunities to reflect on the learning experience. This reflection is crucial is determining if the concept or skill is mastered or worth further exploration. The process could go in the opposite direction. Starting with reflection: What do you want to know? or What do you already know about _____?
In my English classroom, these are the types of activities that I primarily used before web 2.0 tools:


Now, with free online tools, the variety and possibilities are greatly expanded in my classroom.

(Click for larger view)
The learning experience is not changed, it is enhanced through variety, authenticity, and many more opportunities for reflecting on one's own work as well as on the work and ideas of others.
I enjoy teaching with these new resources and have been very satisfied by the impact they have had on the effectiveness of my teaching practices.

2 comments:

ktblash said...

This visual is great because it actually explains something new! You should totally post this to our NING. It summs up a lot of what we were discussing in our f2f.

Kim said...

I'm so glad you shared the "how" at the conference. I sensed the "why", but definitely needed some concrete ideas on how - especially on how to get tech integrated into the curriculum. Thanks for sharing!