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Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

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Published by Nik Peachey
This is a manual for EFL and ESL teachers describing how to use a number of web based tools and learning technologies to assist in language development. It includes instructions on how to use the tools as well as teaching suggestions and examples. There are 11 tools included and these can be used to create a range of teaching activities that include all four communication skills including speaking.

I hope you enjoy it and share it.


Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer
Teacher Development: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/
News and Tips: http://quickshout.blogspot.com/
Student Activities: http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/
On Social media: http://bloggingandsocialmedia.blogspot.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/NikPeachey
This is a manual for EFL and ESL teachers describing how to use a number of web based tools and learning technologies to assist in language development. It includes instructions on how to use the tools as well as teaching suggestions and examples. There are 11 tools included and these can be used to create a range of teaching activities that include all four communication skills including speaking.

I hope you enjoy it and share it.


Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer
Teacher Development: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/
News and Tips: http://quickshout.blogspot.com/
Student Activities: http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/
On Social media: http://bloggingandsocialmedia.blogspot.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/NikPeachey

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Web 2.0Tools forTeachers
Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
© Nik Peachey
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Email: nikpeachey@mac.com
Written by Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer
Teacher Development:http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/ News and Tips:http://quickshout.blogspot.com/ Student Activities:http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/ On Social media:http://bloggingandsocialmedia.blogspot.com/ On Twitter:http://twitter.com/NikPeachey
 
Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
Introduction: What
ʼ
s Web 2.0 and what does it have to offer?
This document is intended as simple introduction to some free Web 2.0 type tools that canbe used by teachers who are interested in using technology in language teaching. Thetools presented here are just the tip of the iceberg and this should not be considered inanyway conclusive or even the
ʻ
best of
ʼ
Web 2.0 tools. New tools are emerging all thetime, many not originally intended for education, but which can be put to good use bystudents and teachers alike to extent opportunities, enhance learning potential anddevelop the level of digital literacy that students will need for the 21st century.To keep in touch with further developments in this field please visit my blogs.You can get regular news and tips at:http://quickshout.blogspot.comYou can get teaching ideas and suggestions at:http://nikpeachey.blogspot.comTo see examples of activities and tasks I have created for students using other Web 2.0tools and sites visit my at:http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com
 
My thanks toJürgen WagnerandVerena Heckmann, e-learning specialists at theLandesinstitut für Pädagogik and Medienin Saarbrücken Germany, for asking me to do the presentation that inspiredthis booklet and thanks to Ingrid Braband for proof reading it and helping me to get rid so many typos.
What
ʼ
s Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 can most easily be defined in relation to what the web originally was ( Web 1.0! )
Originally:
Text based
ʻ
html
ʼ
with some images
- The early web was largely driven by textbased content formated with a simple programming language called
ʻ
html
ʼ
.
Broadcast medium
- Most web sites were owned or controlled by companies or individuals with web skills. The contentwas added by web masters and the ownerof the website decided what would go on the website. This was a
ʻ
top down
ʼ
 process, readers had no choice and little input into the content that went on thesite.
Slow connection speeds
- Most visitors were using slow dial up connectionswhich made downloading large files such as video or audio incredibly slow.
Limited interactivity
- If there was any interactivity on websites it was almostcompletely text based and usually took the form of sending in an email, basic textchat or posting a message on a text based bulletin board.
Expensive software
- Most creative work being done on computers was doneusing expensive software which was complex to learn and had to be bought ondiscs and installed on the hard drive.
DotCom bubble burst
- Some largely misguided attempts by many companies tomake money over the internet using outdated business models end mostly infailure.Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
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Web 2.0 is different:
Speed
- Broadband connectivity and high speed wireless and mobile connectionshave enabled much of the changes that have occurred.
Web based software and applications
- The development of more complexprogramming languages combined with more sophisticated web browsers haveenabled users access software tools online without downloading and in many caseswithout paying for them.
Platform based services
- Instead of providing content, many web companies nowprovide platforms such as YouTube, Digg, Blogger , etc.
User generated content
- Users of these services create and share their owncontent.
Rich media content
- Connection speeds have enabled the web to deliver audio,video and fast interactive games of a high quality without wait time.
Complex social interactions
- Interaction through websites and web serviceshave become much more complex and users can now share a vast array of contentand information and collaborate for more rapidly and easily.
New business models
- Most successful web 2.0 products and services are freefor anyone to use.
Democratisation
- This has been described as the
ʻ
democratisation
ʼ
of the web. Itis no longer a broadcast medium controlled by website owners and web masters.Now anyone can contribute what they know and share it with anyone else.You can find a more comprehensive description of the contrast Web 2.0 and the web as itused to be here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfpkVYXpvyE&feature=channel_page
What does web 2.0 have to offer teachers?
Web 2.0 enables:
Socialisation
- Through socialisation our students can use the language and skillsthey are learning to build networks and develop relationships with real people.
Collaboration
- They can work together with others to construct and share realknowledge.
Creativity
- They can create genuine products, in a wide range and combination ofmedia to high standards, that will have a real audience.
Authenticity
- The tasks and activities they do and the people they communicatewith to do them are real and motivating.
Sharing
- They can share what they create and learn from each other.Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
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