Chris O'Neal's email:

Welcome to VASCD! We will use the agenda below as a guide, and adjust the workshop to fit our interests. None of this material will be removed, so if you need to refer back to this, or explore more on your own, feel free!

I'll explain each of these tools, and why you should spend time using them in your classroom and/or school.

  • Wordle- most folks have heard of this tool, but haven't taken time to really dive in. Let's do that now!
  • Glogster- multimedia posters! (make sure when you return to school, you use, not just
  • Storybird - free, web-based (with stunning artwork!) digital books
  • Prezi- an alternate presentation tool (kind of a hybrid of powerpoint and Inspiration)
  • Dropbox - your "my documents" folder, in the cloud, and synched across all your devices!
  • Google Maps - one of the most powerful, yet underused, web 2.0 tools for 21st century classrooms!
  • Google Forms - linked to a gmail/google account. Having and using a google account opens up a slew of great (and free) tools!

***Be sure to visit this site later - Common Craft - dozens of fantastic, short tutorials on web 2.0 concepts and tools.

Later, you should also make sure you know about:
Animoto - free, short little commercials/book trailers
LiveBinders - a neat way to organize bookmarks into a virtual binder for your students
Tagxedo - same concept as Wordle, but much fancier (but trickier)
Xtranormal - fun animated cartoons, speaking what you tell them to

Web 2.0 integration questions/issues to consider:

  • Student Engagement
  • Student Safety
  • Curricular Worthiness
  • Reliability of Tool
  • Cost
  • Technical issues (storage, bandwidth)
  • Professional Development/Support Needs
  • Integration of copyrighted material (also see Creative Commons)