Web 2.0 in the Middle School Classroom

Are you ready for a breath of new technology in your classroom? Web 2.0, also known as the “Read/Write Web,” provides online collaboration tools like wikis and podcasts to engage students and transform classrooms. How can you use these new technologies to enhance and support student learning? This session will focus on specific, middle school curriculum-connected sample projects as well as a resource list you can use to get started with Web 2.0 on Monday morning!

  • What is "Web 2.0?" - Web 2.0, through its numerous definitions, encapsulates the idea of the proliferation of interconnectivity and interactivity of web-delivered content. - "Web 2.0." Wikipedia. 06 Nov 2008. Wikipedia. 6 Nov 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0#Definition>.

  • What are the benefits of using Web 2.0 technologies in your classroom? - promotes collaboration, tracks student usage (who is actually contributing to the project), provides a wider audience, allows the inclusion of multimedia elements to the finished product, projects can be used as part of the students' "digital footprint."

  • Social Networking
  1. What is it?
  2. How can it be used?

  • Blogs
  1. What is a blog?
  2. Examples of Middle School Blogging Projects - writers' journals, student memoirs, character based role plays
  3. Dave Warlick's Blogger Pledge http://classblogmeister.com/bloggers_contract.doc
  4. Sample Blogging Parent Letter http://public.me.com/ericaroberts file name is finalparentbloggingletter.pdf

  • Wikis
  1. What is a wiki?
  2. Examples of Middle School Wiki Projects - class dictionary of terms, group projects

  • Podcasts
  1. What is a podcast?
  2. Examples of Middle School Podcast projects - teacher created "studycasts", student created "studycasts", public service announcements, campaign commercials

  • Creative Content Creation
  1. Wordle
  2. edu.glogster.com
  3. Voicethread.com
  4. Google Docs

  • Resources
  1. General Web 2.0 explanations - http://www.commoncraft.com/show, http://www.readwriteweb.com/, http://www.go2web20.net/, "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms" by Will Richardson, http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/
  2. Blogging - http://classblogmeister.com/, http://edublogs.org, http://www.21classes.com,
  3. Wikis - http://www.wikispaces.com/, http://pbwiki.com/, http://www.wetpaint.com/
  4. Podcasts - http://www.mabryonline.org/podcasts/, http://epnweb.org/, http://www.thejournal.com/articles/17607, http://www.liberty.k12.mo.us/~elanghorst/blog
  5. Wikis in Plain English video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY
  6. Medieval Help Desk video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
  7. The Machine is Us Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g
The slideshow from this presentation can be found at: