Talented teachers are in essence, modest creatures. My previous blog post entitled, “Rethinking Web 2.0 in the classroom?” included a request for teachers who were using Web 2.0 successfully in the classroom to share their experiences. Several teachers do so already on their own blogs, but many more obviously consider their own efforts unworthy so I’ve compiled my own list below. I wanted to include specifically Web 2.0 hosted services and applications which weren’t blogs, wikis or specific free software. Interestingly enough, although teachers collaborate well with Etherpad, no-one seems to have used it with students yet. The same could be said of file storage solutions like Box.net and MediaFire.
Hopefully those teachers who want to use Web 2.0 effectively can try similar examples. I’m hoping to compile another list of teachers’ use of open source software such as Audacity, Scratch, Gimp etc. in the near future. If anyone has already done so, please could you provide me a link?
Tom Barrett: ICT co-ordinator. Blogs at “Space for me to explore” where he writes up his experiences of using technology, both hardware and software, in the classroom. Successful collaborations on:
’100 interesting ways’ which include international contributions on using: an interactive whiteboard, Google Earth, Google Docs, a pocket video and lately – another collaboration on using Wordle. (Generates “word clouds” from text provided.) View collaboration
Tom has also used Prezi (a zooming presentation editor) in ’Mr Barrett I have got glue on my laptop’, although not with a class specifically, this could be developed quite nicely in the classroom. The same could be said of Mark Warner’s work (Primary School teacher & ICT Coordinator) who blogs at http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/ . Example of use of Myst game in a writing task.
Doug Belshaw: Teacher of History and ICT, E-Learning Staff Tutor. Blogs at http://dougbelshaw.com/blog/ on a variety of elearning topics.
Russel Tarr: Head of History. Successful web site http://www.activehistory.co.uk/
JoeDale: Head of French & Lead Practitioner for The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust: Blogs at “Integrating ICT into the MFL Classroom” His write up on Language World 09 includes ‘Show notes’ at the end, which can be explored for Web 2.0 services, as can the links to other MFL conferences.
Andy Kemp: Head of Maths: Blogs at http://www.andykemp.org.uk Although not quite student use, Andy has used Scribd which is similar to Slideshare and is useful for uploading presentations for online collaboration as others can make comments .
Danny Nicholson: Science teacher and freelance educational consultant. Blogs at “The Whiteboard Blog” where he not only covers whiteboards, but experiments with the use of Web 2.0 applications.
Please add to the comments section if you know of anyone else who should be on this list – alternatively…I’ll find you!