During the last week of July I participated in what might be the best professional development experience that I have ever had. I took a class on Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers taught by Alice Barr, an Integrator at Yarmouth HS in Maine. Being an integrator myself, I was excited to have the TIME to really dive into the free web-based tools that I had heard about and played with a little on my own. The class was fantastic, an incredible model in teacher as "facilitator"-Alice asked us to work at our own pace, on our own project, based on our own interests. Possibly the best feature of the class is the wiki: http://usmsummer2007.wikispaces.com/
which outlines each of the web 2.0 tools and has fantastic resources laid out in an easy to follow-teach yourself format. I learned so much from Alice and from the others in the class. It is a relief to know that the wiki will continue to grow (Alice is going to leave it up!) as people learn and add to it. Check out my project for the class: http://scheney.edublogs.org/
I've used a blog for about a year now but for the class, I added links to my del.icio.us acct (newly set up), bloglines acct (newly set up), and twitter (which I'm still trying to get used to). Would love some feedback. What web 2.0 tools are you using as part of your teaching practice? ~Stephanie

Tags: alicebarr, blog, education, readwriteweb, scheney, tools, web2.0, wiki

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The Library Thing is too cool. For 5 years I've been writing down every book I read in a little journal, maybe next summer I'll transfer over!

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