Web 2.0 Tools for Education

Instructor: Erin Rowe

Erin is currently teaching English at a university in South Korea and has a Master's degree in Education.

Web 2.0 tools are an amazing asset for any classroom. In this technological age, it is important that teachers use all resources available to them to reach and engage their students. Web 2.0 tools are a great way to accomplish this.

Web 2.0 Tools

First, let's talk about what Web 2.0 tools actually are when used in an educational setting. Web 2.0 tools are tools of technology that allow teachers and students alike to create, collaborate, edit and share content on-line that is user-generated.

These can include tools for: presentation, research, collaboration, audio, video, slideshow, images, music, drawing, writing, organizing, mapping, quiz and test generation, file storage and web pages, and also tools for graphing and conversion. New tools are being developed all the time, so it is important to be informed about the newest trends in education in order to keep up with the technology that surrounds the lives of your students.

Using technology in your classroom can have many benefits for you as a teacher by supporting your teaching goals and increasing the learning capabilities of your students. Web 2.0 tools are becoming more prevalent in the classroom, but can seem daunting for teachers who are not confident in their technological ability. There's some good news though - these tools are generally designed to be extremely user-friendly. Even a novice can master them!

This text lesson will break the Web 2.0 tools into four groups:

  • Tools for the creation and support of a web-based learning environment
  • Tools for communication and the cultivation of relationships
  • Tools for collaboration
  • Tools for students to create

Web 2.0 Tools for the Creation and Support of a Web-based Learning Environment

There are tools available for teachers to create a virtual extension of their classroom that works to support and improve their instructional goals and provide a way to enrich the out-of-classroom experience of their students.

Virtual Learning Environments

A virtual learning environment (VLE) acts a virtual classroom that is password protected so only those involved with the particular class can join. These spaces allow the teacher and students to perform various tasks and functions. The teacher can use this web-based learning environment to provide interactive tasks for their students to complete, supply learning resources that stimulate student interest in a specified topic, act as a storage space for students to upload their work, track student progress, and also, act as a place for the students and teacher to discuss various topics.

There are many benefits to using a virtual learning environment. These include but are not limited to:

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