Exploring Web 2.0 For The Classroom

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When I first signed up for this class I expected just to learn a bunch of tools such as Twitter, TimeToast, Google Docs, etc. I was pretty excited about finding more to use for secondary social studies but I was also hoping we got into some deeper technology. I ended up learning a lot! I love technology classes because it is SO important to use technology in the classroom now. Kids are attached to technology like its a life source, so what better way to keep them engaged in school? I can’t think of any. I would have loved to use technology when I was in high school…it just makes learning more fun and interesting. For social studies, many students find it boring, which makes me sad. But who can blame them when some teachers will just lecture to them and make them memorize facts and dates? By integrating technology into my classroom I hope to make learning actually fun for my students.

My favorite aspect of this class was learning how to make podcasts and enhanced podcasts. I love the idea of using this in the classroom. There is so much information about social studies and when we are in the classroom we are crunched for time so we can’t cover everything. This is a great tool to extend the learning at home. Also, it’s great for a little extra help! My favorite idea for these is using them in a flipped classroom. I think the idea of flipping the classroom is very interesting and seems to work. Rather than just reading at home, students can watch an enhanced podcast or listen to a podcast to learn the information. A lot of students have trouble reading textbooks.¬†

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I also really like QR codes, it was a quick lesson but that was all that was needed. I never had any idea what these codes exactly were and what the point of them was. So I was amazed at how awesome they are! I think they are great for providing online worksheets and activities. You can put almost everything into a code. I plan on using them to provide extra help if students need it by placing one on the bottom of printed notes or assignments. These codes can take them to videos, help pages, definitions, and so much more.

I really enjoyed this class but there were some aspects that I didn’t like. One thing I didn’t like was learning about Twitter. I’m pretty sure everyone knows Twitter very well. I did enjoy the video that was shown and I think just showing that video would all that was necessary. Another aspect of the class that made it difficult was obviously that it was crunched into a month’s time. It was very hard to understand what exactly we were supposed to do and when it would be due. I got confused often. The rubrics were nice and helpful, but I think adding clear directions and especially a due date would help. I also felt the class could have been a little more time efficient. A lot of time was spend heavily explaining a project or topic when it really wasn’t necessary. I think it would be better to explain the basics and if some students need more help they could get it. But thats just my opinion…I’m a pretty fast worker with technology and honestly I’m glued to technology almost all day so much of it was easy to figure out myself.

I felt as though our teacher was very knowledgable about the subject and had a bunch of great ideas of how to use everything in the classroom. It was so helpful that for everything we did in the class she would think of ways you could use it in every subject. Some times it is very hard to recognize the potential of a tool on your own. Overall, I really enjoyed this class and I plan on continuing to learn more about technology that is useful in the classroom! I will definitely by using my Google Reader!

QR codes…who knew they would be so fun to use in the classroom? I had no idea, I really had only seen them before and wondered what you could actually do with them. I think I tried to pull one up once when someone downloaded a QR reader to my phone but after that the app just sat hidden in my iPhone until class the other day. When I saw we were learning about them I questioned how would I be able to use these in my classroom. But, it turns out there are so many things you can do with a QR code! And there are many websites and tools that make creating your own code simple. You can basically link anything to a QR code.

QR codes are basically a barcode on steroids. It is 3-deminsional code that allows you to fit in more information. You can use one for business cards, resumes, URLs, pictures, websites, overviews, and the list goes on and on. Also, you can place them on anything you can print or paste something to. This person got creative and placed one on a coffee mug!

In class, we created QR codes to contain information about ourselves. To read the codes we created, we downloaded the iPhone app Qrafter. It was very easy to use and read codes in a matter of seconds! You can also make a code with this app, which I want to try eventually. We created out codes at this site, which was also very simple. One thing I really like about QR codes is how easy they are to create. I never knew you could create them on your own because they look so complex! Below is the “me-card” I made in class. If you open it on an iPhone, it brings you directly to a page with my information and allows you to save it to your phone.

I think the amount of things you can do with QR codes in the classroom is unlimited. It really depends on how creative you are. I think the best thing about them is how simple they are to incorporate and they will definitely make whatever you are doing more interesting and engaging for the students. I think about how to use them in the classroom and the first thing that pops into my head is a scavenger hunt. One way you could do this is by printing out a scavenger hunt assignment sheet and then have QR codes all over the classroom with websites that have the answers to the hunt’s questions. This would get the students out of their seats and I would have them working with partners or groups. I believe having students find information on their own is the best way for them to learn and this is a great way to do this. It could also be a good way for students to “meet” each other on the first day. They could make a form of “me-cards”, I would want them to have interesting facts about themselves included, and then post them around the room (like we did in class) and maybe try to match the person to the QR code or just learn about each other. I’m sure I could think of many more ways to use QR codes in the classroom and I believe I will incorporate these into my teaching at some point. I really like QR codes!