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Web 2.0 in the classroom

This week I was invited to host a workshop on using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom along with my colleague Smithereenz.

Each year at Carnegie College there is a staff development day just after the winter break when staff can attend a variety of different workshops or presentations. Last year we had a school-wide event where we were tasked to come up with some kind of marketing material for our department. Photography lecturer Niall Hendrie and I produced a little video clip about photography in an attempt to make the photography department appear even cooler than it already is!

Anyway, as I mentioned, Smithereenz and I have been asked to provide a workshop or presentation on using Web 2.0 tools with students. Both he and I have been using various online tools to support our own personal learning and that of our students for several years. In particular we use Twitter to extend our personal learning network, but we’ve also been using other tools to engage students in collaborative learning and to enhance their IT skills.

Some of the tools I currently use, and how I use them, are listed below:

Google Docs – word processor, presentation tool and spreadsheet. Great for sharing documents and for collaborative writing. Some of my students have used the presentation tool for producing their Art & Design Context coursework.

Acrobat.com – file sharing, web conferencing and online document creation with a generous 2 GB storage space. Many students are using this for online storage of their files so they can easily share files between college and home.

Buzzword – Adobe’s online word processor. Staff in the Photography and Graphic Design depts are using the collaborative document feature for maintaining records of meetings and collating information.

Photoshop.com – Adobe’s photo sharing and basic editing environment. Photography students are taking advantage of the generous online storage space and also using this tool for submitting coursework.

TimeGlider – create and share interactive timelines. The Art & Design Context students have been collaborating on creating a timeline of artwork from the past 200 years.

Twitter – Students and myself have been using this tool to extend our personal learning networks and to ‘follow’ people with similar vocational interests as ourselves. Personally I’ve discovered Lots of websites, online resources and useful information through my contacts on Twitter.

Facebook – I personally use this mainly for maintaining contact with people and sharing phtoographs. Many of my fellow Adobe Education Leaders use Facebook and we use it to share information, resources, photos and videos.

Blogger – an easy to use blogging system that I’ve used for many years. Less powerful than WordPress, but much easier to use. The Visual Communication students have a colaborative blog where they share information and post (sometimes) relevant material.

WordPress – powerful blogging system, which you are currently viewing!

Wikispaces – a wiki (collaborative space) system that’s relatively easy to use.

Jiglu – a group site featuring message boards, discussions and file sharing. Used by the Scottish Qualifications Authority for collaboratively developing new qualifications.

Linked In – contact management, and professional networking tool. Great for looking for employment and making professional contacts.

Google Reader – RSS feed viewer which I use to keep track of graphic design, photography and education feeds and blogs.

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