Web 2.0 ideas and resources

Post to your blog the ways are you considering using Web 2.0 or social media in your lesson plans. 

I’m considering several options:

  • A class instagram or twitter hashtag that everyone can post images/links to that relate to the topic. Particularly useful if they can relate the personal to their texts
  • Blogging seems a great, though hardly original tool, to get students engaged with creating their own personal space. I particularly like tumblr/wordpress for their clean, professional and easy-to-use pre-made blogging platforms.
  • In terms of collaborating with those outside the classroom for information exchange. Writing forums like http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/ and http://www.critiquecircle.com/ seem like great ways of getting outside feedback and recognition for student work. They also have guides and sections for grammar, genres, publishing etc.

How are you going to take advantage of the affordances of the participatory nature of Web 2.0 applications and address any potential difficulties?

 By having students join forums I would take advantage of resources outside the classroom in guides, FAQ’s and live feedback from experienced writers/editors. Forums posts and blogging would also afford a feeling of public exposure to give students pride in their work. Bringing all our content together under a single hashtag also affords a feeling of collaboration and legitimacy in the work we are doing. Students can share resources and ideas easily from home or school.

Potential difficulties come with joining any sort of online community. Harsh feedback or flaming on forums will be a potential issue and ideally I would be a moderator on the forum, though with major writing groups this isn’t very feasible. Monitoring student feedback threads would be important as well as making sure students understand good online etiquette prior to joining.

Sharing inappropriate/cyberbullying material via the class hashtag is also an issue and would again need to be addressed prior to the lessons.

References

Hew, K.F. & Cheung, W.S. (2012) Use of Web 2.0 Technologies in K-12 and Higher Education: The Search for Evidence-based Practice, Educational Research Review. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.edurev.2012.08.001

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