Engaging middle years students with web 2.0

Lauren O’Grady from Caroline Springs School in Melbourne (ICTEV Teacher of the Year) talked about engaging middle years students.

She began by showing us the ‘What is Web 2.0’ video, which is a pretty powerful presentation on the text to hypertext transformation, (web vs us) thought it didn’t really explain the web 1 to 2 thing as well as how own explanation. It was worth explaining as it came up a couple of times in my previous session.

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Lauren then talked about what web 2.0 might do for teachers:

  • Create new opportunities for learning
  • Create and share work
  • Collect and remix workb
  • Collaborate with others
  • Innovate and create easier than ever before

These are better reasons than ‘engagement’, the commonly used one, that I think isn’t good enough. Lauren didn’t emphasise this, but talked about the power and simplicity of these tools.

Other tools that Lauren talked about were:

Lauren’s blog is at global teacher HERE

One thought on “Engaging middle years students with web 2.0

  1. I just found this. This is very cool.. I agree there are better reasons than engagement but time is very limited and you are always unsure of who you are pitching to.

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