Module Seven Web 2.0 Resources

Wizer: (http://app.wizer.me/) This web application is very useful for teachers as it facilitates the creation of worksheets and includes features such as active links to video and audio clips as well as free and multiple choice questions. One of the requirements for technology to be an effective tool in the classroom is that the technology enhances the activity, and adds to the educational experience, rather than just using technology for technologies sake (Roblyer & Doyle 2014).

 

The Big History Project (https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive )is a website that offers a number of different online courses for students ranging from two weeks to semester long courses. The course attempts to broaden students understanding of history by examining events from a number of perspectives and then examining them in the broader context of human evolution and development. By doing this it attempts to use an interdisciplinary approach incorporating ideas from science, history and social studies. I would be interested in using this website as a resource in the classroom, my only concern is that the course is quite intensive and is designed to be taught in its own right in a series of lesson plans rather than used as a supplement. For this to work there would have to be a strong congruence between the content and structure of the course and the curriculum that is to be taught.

 

ABC Splash ( http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/resources.) This is a very obvious one, it is on this courses resource page and is quite well known. However I wanted to mention it as I have already as a pre-service teacher found it quite invaluable. What I particularly like about it the easy navigation to find a resource that is relevant to your topic and curriculum and the use of multimedia to enhance the learning experience. I would use many of the multimedia resources to facilitate discussions about certain topics. By asking questions prior to and after the viewing of the clip the teacher is able to contextualise the video and have the class focused on particular aspects and then facilitate a discussion afterwards.

 

Penzu classroom (http://classic.penzu.com/classroom). Penzu is a useful resource for this assessment as it allows students to create private entries, documenting their own experiences with writing and pictures. It also has a cloud feature allowing students to upload journal entries and collaborate by adding to and editing the journal. The students can begin to track their progress as they compose and practice their music, creating a written and visual record of their work. There is also the added feature of Penzu classroom, which allows students to join a classroom journal, creating entries.

 

This program is useful as it can be easily and freely downloaded to any device. It is easy to use and interact with and the collaborative style mimics social media such as Facebook. Teenagers are generally very familiar with communicating through electronic media and the use of the Penzu blog is a natural extension of that, bringing informal practices into a more formal setting. The use of online blogging will have a natural affordance of communication and collaboration for many teenagers as they recognize the parallels between penzu and the electronic communications they have with their friends on social media.

 

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2014). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (sixth ed.). Essex: Pearsons Education Limited.

 

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