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5 Ways to use Web 2.0 in the Classroom

Web 2.0 is the name for the new internet. It includes social media, interaction and crowd based tools. Without knowing it, we've all probably used web 2.0 tools and sites. Here are 5 ways you can use Web 2.0 in your classroom.

1. Create a Flickr pool for your classroom. Flickr is a great website devoted to storing and sharing photos. You can use it so students can upload photos of things they find in the field (interesting bugs in a biology class, for example) and share it with everyone else in the class.

2. Use a classroom Wiki. While Wiki is most often associated with Wikipedia, you can setup your own classroom wiki. All you need is some webspace and the latest copy of Wikimedia. This is a great way to foster discussion, share notes, and post assignments for later on.

3. Enrich the class with YouTube videos.
Have students create videos as a project. You can also record your lectures and upload them, so students can have access to them for review and enrichment later on.

4. Use delicious. Delicious is a bookmarking tool that allows you to share sites with other users. Tell students to share things that are of interest to each other and with the greater class. That way when
one student finds a resource, it can be shared with all the other students in the class easily and effectively.

5. Keep all your presentations online and in one easy place with sites like Scribd or Slideshare.
There's a double benefit - your students get easy access to review material, and you get an easy backup of all
your data.

This article was written by Maya Richard, who can be reached via mayarichard at gmail.com. She currently blogs on the subject of cell phones.

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  1. I am currently taking a masters course on integrating technology into the classroom. You spoke of various programs that I assume are associated with Web 2.0. How can I gain access to those progrms?

  2. Not so hard to find them. You just google them all and magic will happen.