Title: A Quick Tour of Some Powerful Interactive and Free Web Tools


Dr. Margaret Riel and Graduate students of Online Masters of Educational Technology,
Cadre 11, Pepperdine University

*Cadre11: Dijlah Benjamin, Erin Berg, Edgar Chavez, Josephine Cheatham, Gail Cooper,
Chris Faulkner, Matt Jackson, Maria Johnson, Abrash Kahnmalek, Kathleen Lepori,
Donna Lesser, Brett Martin, Greg Noack, Mici Orana, Tanner Ragland, Jaime Serrano,
Colby Smart, Anne Smith, Karen Smith, Brooke Spencer, Andrea Vasquez,
Malika Viltz, James Watson, Dan Wood, Sonja Wood)

For a more extensive list of Web 2.0 tools visit Collaborative Tools or Cadre 11's Design Library
*Sorry if you missed the session...we had fun setting up learning centers and let everyone decide which of the tools they most wanted to learn about. The goal was to share our thoughts on "why-to" and we suggested other ways to learn the "how-to." You are welcome to explore the site. If you have questions or comments , you can use the discussion tab to communicate with us. *

Web 2.0 Overview--
Guide: Margaret Riel
At first the Internet was a way of making vast amounts of information available to anyone one who could access the net. That was Web 1.0. But with more powerful tools, more bandwidth and better hardware (greater memory) the developers saw the potential of gathering a larger number of people to help create the content. So they began the creation of web 2.0, a web of places which invite us to cross the line from the consumers of information to becoming the producers. So the Web is now equally about creating information as finding it. You and your students can join in with no need to purchase anything.

In this session, we will not have time to teach you how to use all of these amazing tools, but because learning a new program is a problem that you share with others, we can trust the others to have shared their wisdom on the web. Type "how to [the name of any tool]" into You Tube and you are likely to find a short video tutorial. If you prefer written directions, type "how to ___" into Google and you are likely to find directions. This will help you solve any non unique problem you may run into--including any technical problems you have with your computer.

1) Extending the reach of real time collaboration and negotiation.
Guides: Colby Smart, Dan Wood, and Donna Lesser
The web is alive with the sounds of people. Hopefully, it is not people talking without listening. What are the ways we can talk to each other? When is a computer a phone and when is a phone a computer?

  • Skype (This was a live demo of voice communication with your computer...call any computer anywhere over the internet, no phone needed)
  • Acrobat.com (come visit the design library)

2) Engaging students in dialogue beyond the classroom.
Guides: Anne Smith, Brooke Spencer, and Erin Berg
Teachers represent a generalized audience, but research has shown that the quality of student writing is better when they are engaged in writing to real audiences. These tools allow students to reach well beyond the classroom and involve other adults in teaching and learning roles with students. They also encourage student reflection and meta-cognitive skill development.
The first two links take you to Anne and Brooke's part of the design library and the last to example in K-12 settings. Feel feel to add your example to the list.

3) Sharing, filtering, discussing and building web knowledge.
Guide: Greg Noack
The student and teacher has to process much more information today - they need powerful learning tools. After you or your students Google information then what do you do? How do you save and talk about what you found? Social bookmarking tools can help your class share and discuss the information that they find, ask questions and leave comments. This link will take you Greg's part of the design library.

4) Creating distributed learning with the wiki-web.

Guide: Margaret Riel
The web can now be of our design. No longer do you need to be able to program - no mark up symbols and file transferring required. Now just using your word processing skills and pushing save is all you need to design websites where you can work collaboratively with your students. I invite you explore this wiki. I am currently using the wikiweb --what I call googesite-- for teaching as well but these pages are shared only with students. If you want to visit, let me know and I will give temporary access.

5) Engaging teachers in collective design of textbooks.
Guide: Malika Vitz
Making good choices, reading smart, and saving and organizing their knowledge is key to being good producers. Textbooks will be created and recreated by those who use them. What do they need to help them do this? The link takes you our listing in on the collaborative tools page. We need to develop an introduction to this tool in our design library. Maybe you want to do this?

6) Adding voice and visuals to your interactions.
Guide: Matt Jackson
Make your own tutorials and add them to YouTube. Or include visual instructions on any page. And when technology doesn't work the way it should, here is a way to show someone exactly what happened.

  • Jing (link to design library)

7) Capturing Your Audience**
Guide: Katheen Lepori and Jenith Mishne
Sight lines on learning need to be improved. Surveys and clickers are only the first step into what needs to be developed. We desperately need better visual dashboards of learning. Some of you may know about survey monkey but there are easy ways to use the speadsheed in google docs to collect information and Google Sites has options that make collecting imput from others very easy.

For a more extensive list of Web 2.0 tools visit Collaborative Tools or Cadre 11's Design Library