I recently organized a workshop for our middle school faculty on Web 2.0 technologies and their implications for teaching and learning at Catlin Gabel. Do you have a similar presentation? I would love your feedback on the best way to explain this to teachers.
Is it possible to teach generalized skills that may help teachers learn a variety of web 2.0 tools? What is the best way to organize different web 2.0 concepts for presentation to this audience?
I combined presentation and hands-on activities for this workshop. The following video captures the presentation component. The three activities are listed below and in the video. I would love your feedback as I refine this presentation.
Completed in a Moodle assignment object
In your practice, how do you find that kids learn best? What are the features of the learning environment that you attempt to create?
1. What interactions do you design (teacher-student, student-student, student-other, etc.)?
2. Who are the knowledge producers (“experts,” teachers, students)?
3. Who are the knowledge consumers (the audience for student work)?
4. List any technology tools that you think closely match your pedagogical theory of action.
Here are links to a number of Web 2.0 resources. Feel free to either browse these links on your own or follow the accompanying instructions.insideCatlinMoodle: view or create a courseDrupalEd: click Create General ContentGallery: view full-quality photos, upload your ownMiddle School podcast: do you have iTunes installed? Click this link: MS podcast feedAlumni community: search the directoryDokuWiki: edit a page. Yes, any page.ExternalCompare the following articles on Nicolas Sarkozy: NY Times | Wikipedia | Gale GroupDel.icio.us: search for a topic of interest to your classesYouTube: search for videos of use in your teachingBlogger: search for/start a blogWordPress: search for/start a blogEduspaces (Elgg): search for/start an education-related blogOpen Culture: Find a podcast on a topic relevant to your teachingFacebook: search for students or a schoolSecond Life: Can you figure out what this is?Wikipedia: Pull up a topic you know well. What do you think of the accuracy and completeness? Edit a page.
Completed in a Moodle discussion forum
By this point, you are hopefully optimistic about the use of some web 2.0 tool in your professional practice. Click Reply at the bottom of this message and write a short, informal summary of your thoughts from today’s faculty meeting. What tools have the greatest promise for your teaching or professional development? What match were you able to find between your teaching style and a particular technology? Did anything surprise you? Feel free to read and respond to the comments of others in this discussion forum.