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BASICS OF WEB 2.0 - some things to remember:
There are so many different Web 2.0 applications out there that do so many different things. When you're starting out it can all be very confusing! How do you sign up to things? How do you use them? What do they do? Just keep these few basic points in mind to help yourself out when you come across something new:

  • To access Wweb 2.0 applications you need to sign up and create an account. You will usually find the sign up/register link in the top right hand corner.
  • In order to create an account, you will need a username. This can be anything you like, and IS NOT the username you need to log on to your computer. It is totally separate. TIP: Use the SAME username for all Web 2.0 applications that you sign up for.
  • If you aren't sure how to use something, search for a tutorial (video or otherwise) - you can even search for tutorial on how to search using Google!

Here is a directory of Web 2.0 applications: GoToWeb20 or one specifically for education: Cool Tools for Schools


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR STUDENTS TO CREATE?

Some examples from the Lunch Box Project:

You can embed or upload just about anything that your students create to a wiki or blog or several other applications (like Voicethread, Slideshare, OneTrueMedia)

So, now you've heard a few ideas, and chatted about a few as well - so what is it that you think you would like your students to create for your collaborative project? With your group, come up with an idea and then see if you can find the tools to accomplish it. Make the Web work for you! Here are a few places to start:

If you would like to know how to...


PLACES TO LOOK FOR VIDEO TUTORIALS:

The site you are trying to use will have a help section and most likely their own video tutorials, or a step-by-step guide, so if you want to know how to use Wikispaces, then the first place to look for help would be the Wikispaces website.

Another thing to do is a Google search with the words 'video tutorial' in it, for example: "Slideshare video tutorial"



USING IMAGES

Carolyn Foote, a teacher librarian from Austin Texas has put together this list of great resources about using images in the classroom:
Making it Visual

If you are looking for a list of where to find free images online, here is a good place to start: http://heyjude.wordpress.com/find-free-images-online/


PLACES TO LOOK FOR RESOURCES:

Do you want to find some images and videos that are appropriate for your topic?


SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

How will you put your students' work online to share?

What sort of rules will you have for your students in regards to putting their work online?
  • first names only - never use surnames
  • consider using an avatar rather than a real photo. To create an avatar you could try: WeeWorld, or this list of the best 27 avatar makers, or just getting the kids to create a little picture in paint.




IWB HOT SPOT

  • Any of these Web 2.0 tools are greatly enhanced by using them on the IWB
  • Create a screencast of a student's work and then share it on an application like Voicethread.



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