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Thing14 is about using Web 2.0 tools to produce information such as blogs, wikis, podcasts and media sharing, rather than just consuming it.

In this Thing we talk about the pedagogy using Web 2.0 tools and beyond. We share some resources about Web 2.0 tools.

What are Web 2.0 tools?

Web 2.0 tools are online software and web-based services that let users create, collaborate, edit and share content online.

Believe it or not, you have already been using Web 2.0 tools: creating an online blog (Thing 4), writing in the cloud (Thing 6, 7 and 8) and creating your own digital resource (Thing 9, 10, 11 and 12).

Pedagogy for Web 2.0 tools

As you plan how to use digital tools to enhance and improve students’ learning, Dr Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model is helpful. He asks how technology is being used. Is it to just substitute existing learning materials, or to transform learning experiences? Here are some examples:

Teachers need to consider how, why and when we use digital tools in the classroom.

As digital tools open up opportunities for new ways of teaching and learning, what other skills do we need to teach?

In the video below, Dr David Parsons explains the need to teach higher level thinking skills and develop key competencies using technology to prepare students for the 21st century.

Web 2.0 tools for thinking

Digital tools can be used to scaffold students to think deeper about their learning, organise their thinking and to communicate and collaborate with others online. (We’ll talk more about this in Thing15 and Thing16).

Here are some resources, developed by educators, to assist you to choose which digital tools to use and how to use them. They are organised by some well-known pedagogical frameworks.

Bloom (Krathwohl and Anderson) and Web 2.0 – MMI share Web 2.0 tools for each stage of Blooms Taxonomy.

Solo Taxonomy and Web 2.0 – Pam Hook’s HookED Wiki shows how Web 2.0 apps can be used to enhance differentiated learning outcomes (SOLO).

Bloomin’ Apps by Kathy Schrock has shares how iPad, Google, Android, and Web 2.0 applications can support each of the levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.

The Padagogoy Wheel V4 – poster has apps grouped by Blooms Taxonomy. This site supports you to choose and use appropriate apps for teaching and learning.

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For this Thing, choose one of these Web 2.0 tools and share how you could use it for learning. Consider in what ways this is ‘transformational’ and encourages students to think. Share your response on your blog.

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Web 2.0 tools

Ideas on how to use Web 2.0 in the classroom

This is an interesting overview of Web 2.0

Kathy Schrock has a wealth of information, links, readings and resources to support the SAMR Model.

Readings about future-focused learning

Using Mobile Web 2.0 to Transform Pedagogy and Engage Learners by Dr Thom Cochrane on integrating Mobile Web 2.0 technology into learning environments to enhance learner engagement, is an interesting read. So it his Post Web 2.0 Pedagogy: Mobile social media.


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23 teaching things is written by Lucie Lindsay and Bronwyn Edmunds at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.


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