User generated content has driven the current wave of technology innovation delivered via the Internet. Many web-based applications, hereby known as Web 2.0 applications, have been developed in recent years, serving as a platform for social communication and collaboration. During this workshop, teachers will explore various online resources with a focus on implications for both professional and personal productivity. Participants will explore items such as wikis, podcasts, blogs, newsreaders, maps, start pages, and online services for sharing documents, pictures and slideware presentations and will develop insight into how these applications can be used in the classroom with students.

Prerequisite(s): TIE 500 or equivalent

Relationship to specific NLU program(s): This workshop may be used as an elective in the TIE Masters program

Standards Addressed: This workshop will enable the student to meet the requirements for Illinois Content –Area Standards – Technology Standards for All Teachers –
Standard 3 - Application of Technology in Instruction ;
Standard 8 – Information Literacy Skills; International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
TF-II Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences – II.
TF. Identify and apply instructional design principles associated with the development of technology resources;
TF- III Facilitate technology –enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards. – III.A.5 Use methods and strategies for teaching concepts and skills that support use of media-based tools such as television, audio, print media and graphics.

Course goals and expected student learning outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define and explain the term Web 2.0, giving examples of such applications and their potential in classrooms.
  2. Become fluent with terminology related to current and emerging technologies;
  3. Conduct research and develop an annotated inventory of Web 2.0 resources and examples of classroom applications;
  4. Demonstrate proficiency and fluency in generating web-based content via Web 2.0 applications;
  5. Understand the implications of social networking sites as related to student use of technology;
  6. Demonstrate evidence of collaboration with other teachers and students by designing a project to be implemented in a K-12 classroom or in a professional development setting using Web 2.0 applications.

Major topics:

Introductory Keynote

Defining Web 2.0 –

  • Historical Background
  • Finding Web 2.0 Applications
  • Glossary of Related Terms

Envisioning Web 2.0 in the Classroom
  • Examples of Classroom Projects
  • Examples of Promoting Classroom Management
  • Examples of Parental Communication

Exploring Web 2.0
  • Blogging services
  • Browsing services
  • Calendar services
  • Chat and messaging services
  • Email services
  • Mapping services
  • News services
  • Photography services
  • Podcasting services
  • Search services
  • Social bookmarking services
  • Social networking services
  • Storage services
  • Wikis services
  • Video services

Implementing Web 2.0 in the Classroom
  • Exploration of ethical concerns related to Web 2.0 applications
  • Exploration of practical concerns
  • Designing tools to fit individual classroom needs
  • Establishing effective parental communication practices with Web 2.0 applications
  • Implications of schoolwide adoption of Web 2.0 applications

Suggested method(s) for evaluating student performance:

Students will customize and utilize a minimum of four web-based services in a K-12 classroom project and/or within their own professional development practices. The project will be related to the curricular area and educational interests of the teacher. Assessment will include written feedback from workshop leader and colleagues as well reflective exercises completed by workshop participants.

Representative text(s) and/or supporting resources:

Henke, Karen G. "Measuring Up in a Flat World." Techlearning. 22 Jan. 2007. 28 May 2007 <http://www.techlearning.com/showArticle.php?articleID=196604144>.

Richardson, Will. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Thousand Acres: Corwin P, 2006.

Representative websites: