EDUC 331 Blog Post 2
Web 2.0 Tools
Web 2.0 is a new term for me. I have used different applications in the past that are reminiscent of this. Most of these apps seem like they could be very helpful in the classroom if managed properly. In Colorado State University’s EDUC 331, we as a class analyzed individually and presented different Web 2.0 apps. My approach to this presentation was selecting an app that would lend itself easily to the art realm. I was presently surprised at some of the other student’s presentations. I scanned through a multitude of apps and had trouble selecting one that “looked” intriguing from the surface. That is to say that don’t judge an app by its cover, as my app, “Stoodle” was not very applicable and full of overlooked bugs. Upon presenting this information three apps that really stuck out to me were “Smartdraw”, “Quizlet Live”, and “Share My Lesson”. These apps are all unique in their own individual way and allow the use of sharing over the web. Quizlet live stuck out to me as a great tool for the classroom. It allows for team building and competition within the classroom. This indefinitely builds group moral sparks work ethic. Smart draw is a very useful application, which can be used in and out of the classroom. It allows the user to blueprint and customize a room. The interface can add doors, windows, furniture, houseplants, ect. This idea brings me back about a years ago when my wife and I were furniture shopping. The most difficult thing was measuring out the room and estimating whether the furniture would fit into the room. Only if I had the knowledge of this app would I have been able to design the room and fit the prospective furniture into their placement without breaking a sweat. Share my lesson is a great resource for teachers. It is packed full of diverse lessons spanning all subjects in the form of PowerPoint’s. This is a great way to spice up your classroom gaining outside perspective and ideas from teachers worldwide.
Chapter 3 of Future Ready Learning entitled, Leadership, outlines the many benefits technology can have for students and teachers. When discussing technology in the classroom, one of the major players is the Internet and Wi-Fi speed. In 2015 the Consortium for School Networking found that 55 percent of school systems have not fully met the FCC’s short-term goal of 100 megabits per second of Internet bandwidth per 1000 students. In my opinion that is a seemingly low number for where we should be as a country. Technology is very important in the classroom as well as personalized student learning. There is a push for reflection, critical thinking, and persistence when it comes to tech, as well as, students need to be taught digital literacy and citizenship. In parallel with this is the gain in worldview and partnership with others students and community members international. Technology is ever evolving and with the increase in speed and function it seems difficult to stay in line. I feel that a majority of the Web 2.0 apps are a great outlet for educators to stay on top of the game. This is leading some schools to encourage their librarians to become evaluators and curators of learning technology resources. This allows schools to utilize existing skill sets to touch on the importance of tech at all ages. Funding to schools is paramount for the success of the generations to come; and with higher demand for technology in the classroom, educational funding needs to be at a premium.