AIM OF THE SESSION: To decide on what you would like your students to create, to find out how to do that, and then make an example for your students.


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


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: "Tokbox video tutorial"


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.

How will your students comment on the work from the partner class and vice versa?
  • Are comments important in your project?
  • Does the application you are thinking about using support commenting?
  • How will you regulate the comments?
  • How will you encourage students from both classes to actually comment?


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.