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At the RCAC Symposium 2009, Leslie Fisher spoke of a number of gadgets and applications that exist in the world – many neat gadgets and applications. Further, David Jakes also discussed some amazing ideas regarding physical and digital learning environments and how technology can be used to facilitate learning. I would now like to extend that thinking into some practical lesson development that can help us all.

I have a vision – to compile a comprehensive list of Web 2.0 tools (wait…it doesn’t stop there). I want to create a practical resource database of Web 2.0 tools (lesson ideas, lesson plans, practical teaching ideas). I don’t want to stop at saying “Try this” – I want to be able to say, “Try this, by doing this, this, and this to achieve this outcome”. Will you help me?

Check out Leslie Fisher’s PowerPoint on Web 2.0 in Education to get some inspiration, then…

Please help me by completing the following form
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There are literally thousands (and likely more) Web 2.0 applications that can be used (and should be used) in education. I am compiling a list of applications and I would like to include at least one practical education use for each. If successful, I would like to compile a collaborative digital resource, to which you will all contribute, in an effort to provide educators with a useful tool to engage students and enhance their learning experience.

(Examples: Blogging (WordPress, Blogger, EduBlogs, etc.), Twitter, Wikis (Wikispaces, PBWorks), YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, iPhones / iTouches (Know any cool apps to use? How do you use them?), Evernote, GoogleDocs (that’s what this form is created on!), Other Google Apps (Calendars, Sites), Polleverywhere, Audacity, etc., etc.) The list goes on, and on, and on, and on………

Often, educators are provided with the names of Web 2.0 type tools and their locations. They get an idea of what the tool does, but are often not provided with any practical feedback / direction for how the tool can actually be used in a classroom setting or any other learning environment. I am hoping that this project will bridge that all important gap so that we can get more and more educators on board with the digital world of education.

Thank you for your participation. I’ll let you know where it goes.

Please help me by completing the following form
(hosted by Google Docs):


As IT Consultant, one of the topics I receive the most questions about is how to create a website to post lessons, assignments, homework, and other such communications to students and parents. The one thing I want to stress right off the bat before going any further with this post is that creating a website as an extension of your classroom is easy! Do not be afraid! The other thing that I would like to stress is that it is not overly time consuming. At first, put as much time into it as you can. Over time, you can add more and more elements as your comfort level allows.

What would you like your website to do for you and your students?

Be sure to come up with a plan as to what exactly you would like your site to do. For instance, do you want to post daily updates about what happened in class? Would you like to post homework and assignments? Would you like to include links to downloadable files (such as assignment sheets and rubrics)? Would you like to include video as a reminder or extension of class lessons? Would you like to include mp3 files of the book/story you are currently reading in class? Would you like to link to your or other blogs? Would you like to link a calendar to your site that lays out your entire unit and class events? If you answered yes to any (or all) of the questions above, then I am here to tell you that Google Sites has exactly what you need. I have found Google Sites to be both easy to use, and versatile – a dynamic extension of my classroom and of my teaching style. A class website is the best way to keep students and parents informed and up to date.

How to use Google Sites

Google Sites is *very* easy to use and is completely web-based.
Here is an example of one that I set up for my Media Studies class (EMS3O) – CLICK HERE. I wanted the students (and their parents) to have a place to go to review class materials, check for homework, participate in enrichment activities, and engage in other relevant course topics.

The fact that Google Apps. are fully integrated with each other provides you with a versatile platform to embed calendars, video, audio, blogs, downloads, and the like all in one area.

Follow these step-by-step instructions and by the time you are done, you will have a web-site with which you can extend your classroom into the digital world.

Let me know what you think. Share some ideas here about what you find works and what is valuable to your particular teaching style and class dynamic.

Check out The Google Channel for more Useful Tutorials.