Web 2.0 Technologies
Introduction and Problem Statement
My name is Dylan Dyer and I am a high school social studies teacher inEnglewood, Colorado. Currently, there is a strong push from our district to integrateWeb 2.0 tools, such as Wikispaces and Google Docs, into the classroom in order toincrease student engagement and achievement. This is an excellent objective for our district to have, but because of budget cuts and time issues, there has been a lack of professional development and training when it comes to using Web 2.0 tools such asWikispaces and Google Docs for educational purposes.In my school, we have an abundance of technology, including eMacs and Netbooks, all for student use. These resources should be put to their fullest potential, andwith the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, there has never been an easier time to use themthan right now. Because of these reasons, I decided to research the impact that Web 2.0tools, specifically Wikispaces and Google Docs, have on student engagement.Since there has been no concrete training on how to use Wikispaces or GoogleDocs in my school, my staff members are left with no clear information as to how to usethese tools in their instruction, or which tools have the most impact on studentengagement. The research I completed has proven to be useful because it has providedevidence as to whether or not Wikispaces and Google Docs positively or negativelyaffect student engagement.
Purpose and Intended Audience
My coworkers desperately want to learn how to use technology that benefits themand their students. Web 2.0 technologies like Wikispaces and Google Docs provideendless opportunities for educators to engage students, but without the proper training2