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This page has been created to allow all of us to share any great links, resources, tutorials and examples of the various Web 2.0 tools. This includes blogs, podcasts, wikis and much, much more! Since so many of these tools are new to us, this will help us to learn not only what they are and how to use them, but how to make them powerful learning tools for teachers and students. Please add any resources you have found or created that will support our learning. Please don't just add a URL--provide a brief description of it and let us know what it is and why you like it.

Even More Web 2.0 Resources

NOTE: If you're interested in exploring even more Web 2.0 tools, check out the links on these pages within our AzTEA wikispaces.
Don't Miss This! Great URLs and tools
Westside Workshop-Social Networking
Westside Workshop-VoiceThread and follow-up resources (scroll down the page following the heading for Workshops)
If you're ready to do some exploring for some additional Web 2.0 resources, new tools and sites were shared in every Westside Leadership meeting this year. Click on the link for each meeting date to view details about each resource.
Technology Integration Resources (from Eastside wikispace)

Easy to Use Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

Prezi by Joanne Keating April 25, 2011

Learning 24/7: How to teach our elementary students so they will keep learning on their own.

This is a great slideshare presentation created by Cathy Wolinsky, Instructional Technology Teacher, ,Yarmouth, ME with lots of examples for websites and tools to use with elementary students. Many of these are sites the students are already using on their home computers. This would be a great presentation to share with your teachers in a face-to-face workshop to inspire them to think about and try some of these resources with their students!

PhotoPeach for Digital Storytelling

If you haven't discovered PhotoPeach you should definitely take a look at it. It is a fantastic, free, online digital storytelling tool that students can use to create multimedia projects. But it is also a great way to share technology experiences with colleagues in your personal learning networks, and even your administrators and school boards. Here are 2 examples of PhotoPeach digital stories that might give you some ideas about ways you could use it. Example #1 was created by Peggy George as a way to say "thank you" to a teacher and her students for a special classroom visit, but also to celebrate their outstanding uses of technology by sharing the PhotoPeach story with the school principal. Example #2 was created by Cheryl Oakes, Wellesley, Maine teacher to capture the school/district technology plan and highlights as a report for the Governing Board.

Sahuarita School Visit
Sahuarita School Visit on PhotoPeach

Technology in WOCSD 2009 a Year in a Flash
Technology in WOCSD 2009 a Year in a Flash on PhotoPeach

A Portal to Media Literacy by Michael Wesch

I've recently had several opportunities to participate in webcasts where Michael Wesch (U.S. Professor of the Year, 2008) was interviewed including the Seedlings webcast on EdTechTalk and always leave so inspired and motivated by this engaging, master teacher (who by the way did not get his degree in education--he's a cultural anthropologist). If you've been inspired by the videos "Web 2.0: A Vision of Students Today" and "The Machine is Us/ing Us" by Michael Wesch, you will be even more inspired by this keynot presentation he gave in June, 2008. Dubbed “the explainer” by popular geek publication Wired because of his viral YouTube video that summarizes Web 2.0 in under five minutes, cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch brought his Web 2.0 wisdom to the University of Manitoba on June 17 (see video below). He describes how he so naturally incorporates emerging technologies into his courses from the smallest seminar type class to the largest lecture theatre filled class (close to 400 students). More importantly he not only talks about the technologies but how he encourages extraordinary participation and collaboration from his students by engaging them in meaningful learning activities.

Although the video is 66 minutes long...pour a coffee, iced tea or glass of wine and enjoy this dynamic presentation from a master teacher."
During his presentation, the Kansas State University professor breaks down his attempts to integrate Facebook, Netvibes, Diigo, Google Apps, Jott, Twitter, and other emerging technologies to create an education portal of the future. “It’s basically an ongoing experiment to create a portal for me and my students to work online,” he explains. “We tried every social media application you can think of. Some worked, some didn’t.”

Science Fair Projects and Web 2.0

An excellent, thought-provoking video created by Tim Holt to ask teachers to consider changing the traditional science fair poster projects to a web 2.0 project.

High School Student Focus Group

If you are interested in hearing the "student voice" about the importance of technology in their learning, tune in to these podcasts and listen. The information is so valuable and the process of student focus groups is one that you might want to consider using with students in your schools.
Student Focus Group Meeting - Podcast #1
Kyle Barriger (HS math teacher) and I (Matt Montagne) will be conducting a few student focus group sessions over the balance of the school year. The idea of these meetings is to gather information from the students that could be useful in making decisions in the future relating to instructional technology. I met with 8 very sharp students today to begin these conversations. We had a list of 10 questions or so, and I think we only got through the first 2-3 in our 25 minutes together! I think you'll appreciate the candor on the part of the students.
Another really interesting place to tune in to the student voice is on a bi-weekly radio show Matt Montagne is broadcasting with his students. The students run the entire show and hold some very interesting, thought-provoking discussions. They don't just talk about school activities and teen life, but tackle some challenging world issues. One recent discussion had them debating which social network they preferred: MySpace or Facebook. Can you guess which one they chose? Listen to the show to find out. :-)

The Networked Student-Wendy Drexler video

This is an excellent video created in the style of the Common Craft videos (with permission) about the networked student, Web 2.0 tools, and the networked teacher. Thanks to Wendy Drexler and her son for creating this! Shared by Kathy Schrock on her SOS-Help for Busy Teachers site.

Outstanding Web 2.0 Compilations of Tools and Resources

Here are several excellent compilations of Web 2.0 tools/resources to support collaborative, authentic learning.

The first compilation is created by Alec Couros and it provides a great organizational structure of various categories of tools (both online and software).
Software and Online Tools for Education
If you click on the link above for Alec Cocuros you will find his entire graduate course (Computers in the Classroom: Appropriate Curriculum and Instruction Related to Computer Technology) and tons of additional resources and tutorials.

This compilation is a visual chart that provides clickable icons for all of the applications and it titled the Complete Web 2.0 Sites Directory.

This document from Learning is Change would make an excellent handout for professional development sessions--101 Tools and Resources for Authentic Learning Environments. If you click on the image it will take you to Ben Wilkoff's homepage for Learning is Change--another incredible resource!


This list was compiled from the Top 10 Tools list shared by over 220 learning professionals worldwide at the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

Inspirational Video to kick off new school year

Have you ever heard a 5th grader give the keynote speech to an entire district of 17,000 teachers? Listen to this incredible student from Dallas ISD deliver his 8-minute keynote speech at the District Back-to-School Convocation. Dalton Sherman, 5th grade student from Charles Rice Learning Center.

ICT Ideas in Education

SlideShare presentation by Suzie Vesper, New Zealand. An amazing compilation of ideas for Web 2.0 tools. They are not tutorials, but slides to capture and share the ideas. Tutorials, additional information and links are available on the site linked to her name above.
Ict Examples Presentation
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: ict education)

Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0 PPT

Great presentation that is part of a Webquest by Charlie Pitrolo, Marion County Schools, created to introduce teachers to Web 2.0.
Webquest can be found here:

Web 2.0 eBook-Terry Freedman

Excellent new Web 2.0 project ebook published by Terry Freedman-Free download. :-)
Be sure to check this out if you're interested in hearing about some amazing projects being done by teachers around the world!!

Information provided by Terry:
A few months ago I invited people to tell me about any Web 2.0 projects they were running in their school. I received over 90 submissions. The result is a new e-book containing around 60.
I've arranged the projects into age group order, and left people's descriptions pretty much as given.
The project booklet is available here:
Please tell people, because it would be good to spread the word and to spread ideas!
No sign-up is necessary, but if people wish to be kept informed of future developments they can either follow me on Twitter or sign up to a free newsletter called Coming of Age. Details are on the link above.
Please feel free to pass these books to colleagues, and/or host them on your own website.

Ustreaming on Mac-Tutorial

Want to explore and some of the cool things you can do with a Mac using, Skype, CamTwist?
This is a great session that was recorded by Will Richardson about a year ago that I have watched many times and have learned something new every time I watch it. It's not a tutorial but close to it. Will has simply recorded his session where he was testing out using CamTwist.
Live Video streamed by Ustream

Brain Rules

(Book by Dr. John Medina)
An excellent presentation by Dr. Medina about how the brain works. Highly recommended reading and viewing! He has a great section that refers to the fallacy of multitasking--the big challenge for everyone using Web 2.0 tools! You'll find some great advice related to making presentations, especially PowerPoint presentations. Do you know the 10-minute rule? After 10 minutes, the audience attention steadily drops! Dr. Medina suggests changing gears every 10 minutes in your presentation (lecture, etc.). Tell a relevant story, show a relevant video, do a relevant activity, etc. Vision trumps all other senses--we have better recall for visual information. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll
remember 65%.

Here's his YouTube version of the presentation: (52 minutes)

Here are the slides from the presentation that can be viewed here from on or downloaded as a PDF document.

Related YouTube video that will help you to appreciate the fallacy of multitasking. :-)

AzTEA on You Tube

I have created a special group on You Tube to compile and share Web 2.0 videos with other educators. Videos can be newly created videos by participants and uploaded to the group, or videos found and saved from YouTube. The compilation of videos are those that I've found informative, helpful and entertaining related to schools, teachers, technology and Web 2.0. You are invited to submit a request to join the group if you would like to access the videos or upload your own videos. This will provide an easy option for uploading videos to wikispaces, blogs and websites by obtaining the embed code after uploading to YouTube. Please submit your own favorites for inclusion on this site. It will make a great place for you to return and select certain videos you might like to use in professional development events (if You Tube is not blocked in your school/district).
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Web 2.0 Technology Videos (created and managed by Peggy George--feel free to contact me with questions/suggestions)

We Think (YouTube video)

Another great, thought-provoking resource for introducing Web 2.0 and the idea of an online social network shared by Scott McLeod on his blog Dangerously Irrelevant

Here's a nifty video by Charles Leadbeater, author of We Think: The Power of Mass Creativity. The book looks interesting. I don't know how much it overlaps Clay Shirky's phenomenally excellent book, Here Comes Everybody, but I might have to get it (it's only available at Amazon UK?).

Many thanks to Rob Jacobs for leading me to this video. I have a feeling I'll be using it in some presentations in the near future.
Peggy's note: If you haven't seen/read Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, I highly recommend it. I purchased it after it was recommended to me by Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0 and it is excellent. Steve also recommended The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki. A quote from the back cover: "Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant--better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future." Both of these are powerful books for understanding what is happening with social networking and the read/write web.

Flaming Text Tool

Very Cool Online Tool (not necessarily Web 2.0 but fun)
This is a name banner you can create for free on the Flaming Text website.
Give it a try for a creative banner on your blog or wiki. :-)
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Free wikispaces for Teachers

Great wikispace site for teachers who want to get started using wikispaces. This site explains how K-12 teachers can get access to all of the wikispace features for FREE including accounts for students and no advertising. There are "getting started" handouts and PowerPoint presentations that can be used to introduce wikispaces to teachers. Click on the wikispaces image below to find out more about it and to see video tutorials and a growing collection of examples of teacher wikispaces.
Do I qualify for the free Plus spaces for K-12 education offer?
The offer applies to any space that is used exclusively for K-12 educational use. K-12 means kindergarten through secondary school. It is available worldwide to teachers, students, and other educators. This offer is not available to universities and higher education. Our regular pricing is designed so that our service is accessible to higher education and non-profits as well as individuals and companies.
I am already using Wikispaces and am a K-12 teacher. Can I take advantage of the free Plus space offer?
Sure. Go to your space, click on `Manage Space' then `Subscription'. At the bottom of the page, you can request a complimentary upgrade to our Plus plan. Certify that your space will be used exclusively for K-12 (primary and secondary) education, and we will notify you when we process your request.

Podcasting in Plain English-CommonCraft Video

A new CommonCraft video by Lee Lefever



A "Must-Read" blog post for all school administrators and technology leaders!
This article was written by Stephanie Sandifer on her blog "Change Agency: Advocation a Better Education System for the 21st Century" and cross-posted on Leader Talk. The article is titled "Shift Happens, Now What?"
Just a couple of brief excerpts from a powerfully articulated article that provides some excellent guidelines for change (do's and don'ts), and some great links to other resources.
"So what should we do when we realize that the world has changed for our students?
Rather than immediately engage in a technology purchasing frenzy, take some time to begin discussions on your campus about how to transform your school into a place where teachers see themselves first as LEARNERS who are invested in improving their instructional practice through reflection and inquiry, and where students are more globally connected in a way that enhances and supports their individual learning. Collaborate with your faculty and staff — your learners — to learn more about how the world has changed and what that means for our profession…"
Remember that the most important thing is a change in behaviors and practices — a change in pedagogy — NOT just buying new technology…
Finally… when you do make technology purchases — provide support… provide support… provide support… AND provide training… but provide training that is a model of effective instruction and learning practices
Take the time to read it and share it with the leaders in your school/district. It confirms everything I believe to be true!

Social Networking Time?

Intriguing, thought-provoking blog post by Sarah Perez.
Where are you on the continuum? Lots of interesting comments in the responses.
Real People Don't Have Time for Social Media

Girls and Technology

An awesome YouTube video to encourage girls to keep using technology! :-)
Interwrite Winner - Aint Gonna Hold Us Back (D-I-G-I-T-A-L)

Skitch, Scribd and Wikispaces

Skitch, Scribd and Wikispaces Tutorial This document created by Liz Davis is fantastic. Liz's blog "The Power of Educational Technology" has tons of terrific resources for teachers using Web 2.0 tools so be sure to check it out. This document she created not only provides outstanding step-by-step instructions for getting started on Wikispaces, but it was created using Skitch and uploaded to Scribd which provides you with an embed code to place it on a wikispace, blog or web site.

Skitch allows you to capture screenshots and photos, add text and arrows/circles and any other drawing you might want to incorporate. It is an awesome training tool. Skitch is currently a desktop application for Macs but a Windows version may be coming soon. Whether you use a Mac or PC you can still store and share images created on your computer on the website.
Here's another example of something created almost instantly with Skitch. Concept map demonstrating Diigo created by Miguel Guhlin-captions created on Skitch to his uploaded document.

Another example I created with Skitch. Screenshot taken with SnapzPro2 as .jpg, dragged onto Skitch window, circles/arrows/red text added on Skitch, saved as .jpg and added to wikispace as an image.

One more example--screenshots taken in Skitch of several pages from a PDF document, circles/underlines added with drawing tool, dragged to a Word document, then uploaded to Scribd to publish.


Diigo-a social bookmarking site that goes way beyond what is provided through!
Research and Collaborate
  • Don't just bookmark! Highlight the web! Add sticky notes too!
  • Access and search your findings from any PC or iphone!
  • Create groups to pool resources for specific projects.
Connect and Discover
  • You are what you annotate, creating a presence for you in the community.
  • Connect with friends effortlessly and non-intrusively through content.
  • Discover quality resources on any subject or get personalized recommendations.
  • Bookmark, highlight, and add sticky notes to any web page
    • Diigo highlights and sticky notes are persistent in the sense that whenever you return to the original web page, you will see your highlights and sticky notes superimposed on the original page, just what you would expect if you highlighted or wrote on a book!
  • Organize your bookmarks and annotations by tags or lists.
    • Tags and lists are two different ways to organize information. Tags are best for diverse and disparate information, while lists are best for focused information.
  • Access and search your bookmarks anywhere, by tags or by full-text
    • Since all your bookmarks and annotations are stored in your Diigo account on the web, you can access them from any computer with web access. Your web pages are cached so they will always be available. You can search your collections not only by tags, but also by full-text, including highlights, sticky notes, and the full-text of the web pages.
  • Multiple ways to share your bookmarks and annotations
    • You can publish your findings to your blog by using the one-click "Send to Blog" feature, by setting up automatic daily posting, or by adding linkrolls and tagrolls to your blog. You can send multiple annotated and highlighted pages at once by email, and the recipients will see exactly what you are referring to. You can also easily post to other websites such as twitter, facebook, delicious, etc.

Video tutorial/overview of Diigo features on YouTube: Diigo V3: Highlight & Share the Web! Social Bookmarking 2.0

An outstanding overview of Diigo created by Jennifer Dorman for the Classroom 2.0 LIVE Workshop in Philadelphia, September 19, 2008.
Digging Deeper with Diigo (video from

You can also view the slides from her presentation here (shared on

Jennifer has also created a compilation of Diigo Tutorials on Google Notebook (many of which are already on our page) that are well worth checking out. It's great to have all of these tutorials compiled in one place!

An excellent blog post about getting started on Diigo by Kristin Hokanson.
Kristin has also held a conversation with people learning about Diigo and it provides some great tutorial/startup information about Diigo.
Very helpful blog post by Ryan Bretag with chart comparing features of Diigo, and Zotero.
A new wikispace created by Jennifer Verschoor to provide a common area for educators to share tutorials and ideas for using Diigo to enhance learning for students. It is just beginning to grow, so feel free to join the wikispace and add your own tutorials and suggestions.

Social Bookmarking: Making the Web Work for You
This is an excellent video response to the video tutorial above (Diigo V3: Highlight and Share the Web! Social Bookmarking 2.0). It would be a great starting point for people who don't know what Diigo is all about and how it's much more than a social bookmarking tool. Great tutorial!

Diigo - Improving how we find, share, and save information
This is another good YouTube video explaining features of Diigo. It is all visuals of screen shots and how everything works--no talking, just background music. :-) Very easy to understand!

WebSlides on Diigo
During our April Westside AzTEA meeting I shared a WebSlide I created compiling all of the links from the Shownotes on Shawn Wheeler's recent podcast (Adventures in Podcasting). It's very easy to do and provides an easy way to select specific websites with highlights and notes for your students. It's also a great way to compile websites for a professional development presentation. All of the pages in a Webslide are interactive and you can navigate the page without leaving your Webslide presentation.

This is a great, short video that shows you how to create Webslides on Diigo and provides some good ideas for ways you can use the Webslides feature, both for your own professional development and in your classroom.

Excellent Diigo Tutorial by Clay Burrell: : Free Tool to Highlight, Annotate, Bookmark Websites
Demonstration with screenshot examples of exactly how to use Diigo features to highly and add notes or comments to a website. Great resource for students or teachers to discuss information acquired on the internet.

If you're not quite ready to use the full toolbar with all of the Diigo features with your students and teachers, consider using the Diigolet toolbar feature.
Diigolet is a "super bookmarklet" that allows you to highlight and add sticky-notes, in addition to simple bookmarking. Just drag the link provided on the above site to your toolbar in Firefox, Flock, Safari, Opera, Maxthon or Internet Explorer, and start sharing your bookmarks/favorites.

Vid Snacks

Great social networking forum organized by Tim Holt for educators interested in learning more about using video in the classroom
Tutorials, videos, web resources, groups organized around commonly used tools such as Photo Story 3, Garageband, Video Podcasting, Final Cut, iPhoto and people willing to help you solve video problems and answer questions. Check it out.

Visit Vid Snacks

Cell Phones for Educational Purposes?

Need/want ideas for ways to use cell phones for educational purposes?
Liz Kolb has created an amazing video shared on TeacherTube which she prepared for a presentation at the MACUL conference in Grand Rapids, MI on March 6, 2008. Her goal was to give a perspective of educational history and technology, where common technology tools (such as a chalkboard or pen or even Internet) were once banned and labeled "harmful" as we are doing with cell phones. Liz also has an awesome blog where she shares her thinking and resources for Web 2.0 tools which is well worth checking out. "From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning.

Twitter Plain English Video

New "Plain English" video -- Twitter in Plain English
Have you discovered the fantastic networking opportunities among educational technology folks who are using Twitter to share their latest projects, videos, VoiceThreads, blogs, and other professional learning experiences? This video does a nice job of explaining how to get started on Twitter, but it doesn't begin to capture the ways educators are using it for professional development. Just asking a simple question always brings a response within minutes. A search for resources on a specific topic often brings multiple responses for applications, tools, blog articles, research articles from people who have found them to be valuable. The key to it's effectiveness as a professional learning experience is following the people who share common interests with you.

Music, Video, Image Sources

This is an excellent blog post by John Evans, IMYM Tutorials on Alternative Sources for images, music and videos for teachers and students to use in projects. John Evans is the principal and technology teacher at St. François Xavier Community School in the Prairie Rose School Division in Manitoba, Canada. He provides a great YouTube video with a simple explanation about Creative Commons. He also provides a link to his wikispaces where he is compiling a list of alternative sources. While you're there, be sure to check out some of his other postings. He is an invaluable resource for educational technology in schools.

John's Blog: IMYM Tutorials: Literacy with ICT is a blog about technology integration and infusion in the K -12 classroom.

Book: Internet Ethics

Here's a great book for young people on internet and computer ethics. I purchased it through for $5.00. Although it was written in 2001 it has very relevant information for current issues with technology. It is very kid (teen) user-friendly, great sense of humor and very easy reading.
Shared by Peggy George

Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids: (and Parents & Teachers Who Haven't Got a Clue.) (Paperback) by Winn Schwartau (Author), D. L. Busch (Illustrator)
A review from Amazon written by a college student:
We have to use this book in our Information Technology course, and we were all a little hesitant at first, but from the first page this book had us laughing...and thinking. It provides you with great resources and plenty of opportunities to flex your mind muscles with hypothetical situations and challenging questions. I actually enjoy using THIS text book! Everyone who has a computer should get it, if for no other reason that to laugh and think!


Free video upload site
If you are interested in uploading videos to your website, blog or wiki, this is a great site.
You can register for free and upload up to 500 mb. You can download your videos or you can get an embed code to post them on your site. You can also share them on your Facebook site.
This is a short, very unedited video I created on Vimeo to share some photos of the AzTEA Second Life Island (currently being developed for collaboration and professional development).

AzTEA on Second Life from Peggy George on Vimeo.

Visit AzTEA in Second Life

If you haven't discovered, it is a fantastic, free site that allows you to save your bookmarks or favorites and access them from any computer.If you are interested in exploring blogs, this is a fantastic starting place. It is an online magazine just for educational bloggers. This is a great, informal tutorial prepared by Liz Davis (IT specialist in Wellesley, MA) on how to create a account. She demonstrates some of the great features that teachers can use to share sites with their students. This tutorial would be useful to share with teachers in your schools to help them understand how it works and to get started.

Edublogs Magazine
The Edublogs Magazine brings you the news, information, interviews, highlights, and techniques from around the Edublogs Network and the world of education. Contributions are welcome. For details about contributing click on the link on the site.

This article provides links and information to the educators who have been chosen as the top education bloggers or edubloggers based on Technorati's rankings. You can go directly to some of their best blogs with the links in the article. You can spend hours exploring these fantastic resources and get some great ideas for using Web 2.0 tools. The list is formidable and includes some of the top bloggers dealing with educational issues around the world, covering social media, online education, wireless technologies, Internet safety, copyright, challenging technophobia in education, and more.
Who Are the Top Edubloggers?
Published by Lorelle VanFossen on 28 Jan 2008

VoiceThread for Educators

Exciting News! A new version of VoiceThread for Educators is about to debut--week of January 22, 2008. It is a very safe collaborative site that is just for educators. Be sure to check it out and begin exploring ways your students can make use of it.

You can view additional information about VoiceThread provided by Dave Beard, Westside AzTEA member from Dysart District at our recent Social Networking workshop. Dysart teachers are enthusiastic VoiceThread users. :-)

external image empty.png Creating a VoiceThread Account.pdf Handout for Creating a Voice Thread Account

external image msword.png Creating Identities for Students in Voicethread.doc Handout for Creating Identities for Students in Voicethread


Celebrate Educational Blogging (posted on Steve Hargadon's blog) On December 17th, 2007, the phrase "weblog" celebrates its 10th birthday (see Wikipedia).

Please share your ideas, stories, support, or celebration for the blog in education. Add a blog post comment, or record your audio/video/text on the VoiceThread below

Computers in Classrooms-Free download

If you haven't signed up for Terry Freedman's "Computers in Classrooms" publication you should do that. It's free and is always loaded with great things. :-) Terry lives in the UK. His latest edition has some of my comments on last year's NECC experience (short article at the end of the publication). Exciting for me. :-)
Terry's Educational Technology Site-ICT in Education-Home page

Computers in Classrooms: December 2007 edition
In this extended edition we have news and views from around the world, and contributions from Peggy George, Fiona Aubrey-Smith and Dai Barnes.
As well as news and views it includes articles on:
  • All change in England and Wales: the new secondary curriculum. Flexibility and innovation are the watchwords now.
  • Just how much knowledge should a teacher have? An award-winning teacher looks into the issue of teacher expertise
  • Social networking from a teen's perspective: In this article I draw on original, and updated research, to look into questions like why do teens use social networking, and do they behave in a safe way?
  • Save kids' TV: Broadcast TV for children is facing a crisis in the UK, not least because of audience fragmentation -- an unintended consequence of the long tail phenomenon
  • The personal optimized learning environment: How do you evaluate your own professional development? This is a review of a proposed approach suggested by an American and a Canadian educator
  • Features of outstanding ICT lessons: How do you know when an educational ICT lesson is brilliant? Two educators give their views.
  • Boring the kids into submission: Ed tech lessons don't HAVE to be boring. Information on a book and podcasts about this important area.
  • An educational computing conference with a difference, and...
  • ....Some thoughts about NECC
Evaluations of last year's NECC conference in Atlanta.

Sign-up is free, and takes just a couple of minutes.

Yahoo! for Teachers

Great site to tell your teachers about. Here's a short video about it on YouTube.
Yahoo! Teachers is free for all teachers, administrators, and education specialists.Yahoo! Teachers hasn't been released yet, but you can get a sneak peek by watching the video!

Wetpaint Wikispaces

Here's another fantastic website your teachers and students could use to create wikis: This is the link for information about using Wetpaint in education.
Why Wetpaint?
  • Wetpaint wikis are free and easy to use — no IT help required
  • Wetpaint site templates make starting and building wikis so easy
  • Wetpaint technology gives you the power to control who sees and contributes to your wiki

View this video by Lee LeFever and CommonCraft that explains how easy it is to create a wikispace with Wetpaint.

K12 Online Conference

October 10, 2007
Here's a fantastic wiki page created by Vicki Davis (CoolCatTeacher) for the K12online conference. It provides a wonderful summary of all of the different things you can do on a wiki space with links to examples and instructions.
Samples of Things That Can Be Added to a Wiki

ABC's of Web 2.0

October 3, 2007
A great new resource shared by Jennifer Wagner of Technospud and Women of the Web 2:
The ABC's of Web 2.0 (a compilation of Web 2.0 tools for every letter of the alphabet).
Jen's Comments:
I have started a collection of the tools I am using on the internet. Tools that I often take for granted — but also which make my daily work, life, relationships, and fun very much more productive (more productive than I ever could have imagined!) Some of these tools are tools I use DAILY and some are in my favorites for when I need them!! Some are free and some have trials — which usually gives me enough time to do what I need to before having to pay for them! Almost all are K12 friendly — but check them out first. You know your kids better than I do!
And feel free to share yours too!!!

A Vision of Students Today

YouTube video by Michael Wesch

Wiki Resources

shared by Peggy George
There were a couple of excellent video presentations on the K12online conference in October 2006 on wikis that I would encourage you to check out if you want to learn how to create and use wikis. You can access any of the K12onlineconference presentations here:

Basic/Advanced Training “Wiki While You Work (Basic)”
Mark Wagner
Irvine, California, USA
Wikis: webpages anyone can edit! Powerful collaboration tools for students and teachers, wikis can be used for individual and group projects, teacher and class webpages, professional development, and much more. This session briefly introduces participants to the Read/Write Web, and to wikis in particular. A live demonstration of and will illustrate that… “If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki.” This will be supported by an overview of best practices and inspirational examples of actual student and teacher wikis. These will include wikis student wikis, group wikis, teacher wikis, class wikis, and wikis used for teacher collaboration and professional development. The session will leave participants inspired to take their next steps with educational wikis, whatever their level… exploring wikis for the first time, ready to implement new best practices, or ready to innovate and lead the way. The session will include creation of a wiki that participants can use to collaborate following the end of the session

Week in the Classroom “Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum”
Victoria A. Davis
Camilla, Georgia, USA
Presentation Title
“Wiki Collaboration Across the Curriculum”
Video Presentation Outline: (She provides an excellent graphic of a wiki-centric classroom.)
  1. Wiki Background
  2. Why students need to know how to wiki
  3. A brief overview of the active portion of this project
  4. The pedagogical use of wikis in the classroom
  5. Wiki assessment strategies
  6. Common questions from school administrators
"Wikis in the Classroom"-SlideShare PowerPoint presentation by Vicki Davis

Web 2.0 Tools Wikispace-Shawn Wheeler

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of the Internet
If you're beginning to explore Web 2.0 tools or if you're an experienced user, consider joining this Wikispace created by Shawn Wheeler to share your experiences, concerns, questions, adventures and resources. He has designed it as a Web 2.0 collaborative effort and calls it "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of the Internet." It's going to be a fantastic resource with questions, answers and all kinds of examples on all of the Web 2.0 tools.
There are topics set up for all of the following and anyone can add to the list of topics.

Coming of Age: free eBook

An Introduction to the NEW Worldwide Web
Another fantastic Web 2.0 resource I want to remind folks about is the free, downloadable version of Coming of Age: An introduction to the new worldwide web published by Terry Freedman (UK) with chapters contributed by many different people including our own, Shawn Wheeler, Peoria District IMT Director. This eBook was published in March, 2006, and was first announced by David Warlick at the AzTEA WOW Conference. It is loaded with lots of practical information about podcasting, blogging, wikis, video blogging, social networking, and tons of related links. All of these articles focus on classroom/school uses and applications of these tools. "The main objectives of the publication are first to inspire teachers to want to try some of these "new tools" for themselves and with their classes, and then to provide practical advice and guidance on how to do so." Whether you are just getting started with Web 2.0 tools or are an advanced user, you will find great information in this publication. Many of the chapters are also available as podcasts. :-) The 2nd edition of the book will soon be out and features chapters from many of the leading educational technology people around the world which promises even more great information about these tools. There are close to 40 contributors and you can see a draft of the Table of Contents with topics and contributors here. I highly recommend these resources and the price is right--FREE!!!

In a recent podcast interview by Steve Hargadon of EdTechLive in which Terry and his wife, Elaine, were featured discussing the Coming of Age publication among other things, Terry made a statement that really helped to put all of these Web 2.0 tools in perspective. When asked "Do you really think these tools will transform education and change the way we actually learn?" Terry responded: "I believe that what transforms education is not the technology, but the teacher. Technology enables good teachers to put into practice things they've always wanted to do." Listen to his interview and I know you'll be as inspired as I am to begin using these tools to support student learning.
Peggy George


A great new site called TeacherTube is up and running. This site is very much like YouTube in that videos can be uploaded, viewed, etc. but the distinguishing feature is that all the videos are geared toward an educational audience. You'll find step by step instructional videos for a variety of topics like technology, mathematics, history, science and many more.

To get you started, here are some of the fun things you can do with TeacherTube:
-Upload <> and share your educational videos worldwide.
-Browse <> original educational videos uploaded by community! membe! rs.
-Find, join and create video Groups <> to connect with teachers, students, and schools who have similar interests.
-Customize your experience with playlists.
-Integrate TeacherTube with your website using video embeds or links provided on your video page.
There's a lot more to explore, and more features are always in the works.

One of the featured videos I enjoyed is from Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis entitled Technology Fear Factor in Education. A compelling message in a unique format. Watch the screen closely as the video plays so you don't miss the important message it contains.

Another really good video is called "Pay Attention" and does a great job advocating for the importance of using technology to teach students.

Once you register you can save your favorites so you can easily find them again. There's a great series on Surviving Middle School that I really liked. (Survivor: The Middle School Classroom--Part I, II and III)
If you're really brave and love a challenge, you could even upload your own videos. :-)
Peggy George

What is Web 2.0?

Are you wondering what "Web 2.0" really means? Here is an excellent article written by Tim O'Reilly in 2005 that does a great job of explaining it. O'Reilly was one of the originators of the term, and he provides a great concept map of Web 2.0 principles and practices in this article.
What is Web 2.0
Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software

If you're really curious about what might be the difference between Web 2.0 and School 2.0 (I was) you might enjoy reading the discussion on Steve Hargadon's blog:
Tuesday, April 242, 2007
The Web 2.0 and School 2.0 Connection

An excerpt from one of Steve's comments that followed the original blog posting.
"Web 2.0 definitely feeds School 2.0. Actually, I see Web 2.0 as being the parent of many 2.0s (e.g. eLearning2.0, Classroom2.0, School2.0, Library2.0, etc.).

With the Old School [not even School 1.0] we have teachers lecturing and stuck in a rut. The teachers feed the students and the students regurgitate the knowledge.

With School 1.0 we have teachers using technology for the sake of using technology, but only basic technologies and only when its convenient (e.g. to do research papers or presentations). It's still a top-down feeding and regurgitating session.

With School 2.0 we have students contributing as much as they consume via blogs, wikis, podcasts, vodcasts, etc. Hence, they are more than just receptacles. They do more than just receive, they also transmit!"

Resource lists:

Go to Web 2.0: A collection of Web 2.0 resources

E-Learning Forum: Webtools A catalogue of interesting web tools and free software

Understanding Podcasting Cool, informative site that introduces podcasting and provides an iPod emulator that you can actually manipulate. You can even add your own RSS URL to the page and simulate listening to a podcast on the iPod. :-)

Moving Forward wikispace:

This wiki houses a collection of resources to help presenters as they help move schools and universities forward into the 21st century. If you have a resource to add, please do so!
This wiki is administered by Dr. Scott McLeod, Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE).
Categories include: Readings, Blog posts, 21st century skills, For Presenters (actual presentations), Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, Gaming, Other Web 2.0, Tech Integration and Great Quotes.

Quick Thumbnail : Free, online service to resize images.

IAE-Pedia : Information Age Education encyclopedia--great collection of documents including a digital filing cabinet with resources for teachers.

Shift Happens : Resource site for using the "Did You Know" YouTube videos for professional development activities. It includes suggestions for using the presentation, history of the presentation, various versions and source files, other similar presentations, and education bloggers. This is a fantastic list of bloggers selected because they were considered to be "thoughtful folks who are blogging about the changes they see - or want to see - in 21st century education."

SlideShare : SlideShare is now offering a new feature called SlideCasts. This feature allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentation (slides) and your audio. You can sync your audio with your slides so it becomes a self-running presentation. Very cool! This link provides a short example of a SlideCast that explains how slidecasting works.

Social Bookmarking CommonCraft Video

Here's another great video from Common Craft that explains social bookmarking using Excellent, short tutorial to share with your teachers! Common Craft is the creator of other great videos such as Wikis in Plain English and RSS in Plain English. He produces a new video each month.

Google Docs Presentations

Want to know how you can use Google Docs to collaboratively develop documents, spreadsheets and presentations? Today, Sept. 17, 2007, Google announced the addition of a presentation tool to it's suite of online Google Docs. It has a chat feature built in too so you can share the URL of your presentation, add audio using Google Talk and chat live while you take people through your presentation wherever they are in the world. Google has created a great YouTube video (probably a Common Craft video because it follows the same simple format) to explain how easy it is to do. Go to this URL to create your Goggle account if you don't already have one. The rest is explained in the video. No more sending tons of emails with documents attached where you can't figure out which one is the latest version.

Incredible presentation developed on Google Docs with the presentation tool (includes suggestions for enhancements educators would like to see in Google Presentations)
Over fifty educators from around the world have been editing a slideshow presentation that has been viewed by now by hundreds and currently has well over 1100 edits. I am particularly impressed with the chat feature it offers so the audience can also share their views about what they are seeing. If you would like an invitation to edit, just email me. This tool holds great promise for collaborative sharing between classes. Particularly impressive is its ability to have an online presentation with chat built in for the “audience”. While Presentation does not have ALL the functionality of PowerPoint or KeyNote, it does keep an rss feed of changes by collaborators. Very cool! To find Presentation, go to the top left of your gmail page and click on documents, then you will see the option along with docs and spreadsheets.
Posted in Sharon Peters' Blog: Musings-Just Learning (Sharon is one of the Women of the Web 2.0 podcasters)

Blogs-CommonCraft Video

Another great presentation by Lee LeFever on CommonCraft--Blogs in Plain English
If you're a blogger who wants people to understand why you have a blog and how it works, this video is for you.