I need to have my head examined. I got so excited over the Web 2.0 tools we discussed in class and the few more that I stumbled on that I volunteered to conduct a one-hour workshop at my school in two weeks. We just had a week-long virtual school after the terrorist attack on Marriott hotel, and the teachers were wondering if there were other ways to make virtual school more interactive and interesting, especially for elementary students.
So I prepared a list, went through it with our secondary school principal and elementary computer teacher. This list is not final. My first challenge is how to fit this workshop within the 50-minute time frame, as the last 10 minutes is for Q&A. At least I got the workshop coordinator to agree that we'll have two separate sessions, so I can give examples for middle and high school teachers, while my co-presenter -- the elementary computer teacher -- will focus on the use of these tools for the elementary. We just had Smartboards installed in almost every classroom this school year, so that is another basis for the list. And I've pared it down to 5 tools or categories, so I can spend 10 minutes explaining and showing examples of use for teaching and learning.
Name of workshop: Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom and Virtual School
1. iGoogle Widgets - + Google Reader, Google Talk, Dictionary, To Do List, etc.
2. Diigo and Webslides - sharing bookmarks with annotations, stickies, and comments; and converting to a slideshow
3. Voicethread - Group conversations around images, docs, and video
4. Online Tutorials and Digital Storytelling - Tikatok, Panraven, Comiqs, Slideshare, TeacherTube
Obviously there's more, so I would also include in our handout relevant sites and tools like Tag Clouds, Quintura, Ning in Education and Classroom 2.0 for teachers who wish to learn more on their own time. Let us know if you'd like to recommend more. We appreciate your inputs.