Unit 3: Web 2.0 Tools

Return to: ETAP 623 Fall 2017 Section 5420 | Integrating iPads into the K-5 Classroom | Unit 2: Increasing Productivity

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Unit 3 Overview

In this unit, we will learn about the different Web 2.0 Tools we can access through iPads and what Web 2.0 tools are. Web 2.0 tools get the name from the changing of Internet usage over time. According to Maloy et al. (2017), Web 2.0 technologies are "marked by widely shared frequently changing information provided through easy-to-use Internet websites and mobile phone applications" (p. 6).

Maloy et al. (2017) define Web 2.0 Tools as, " technologies including blogs, wikis, podcasts, social bookmarking and social networking tools, inquiry-based educational websites, photo-sharing websites, virtual worlds, and other highly interactive tools and services that are now becoming resources for teaching and learning in schools" (p.6) Therefore, we can conclude that there are a fast number of tools or technologies we can incorporate into our classrooms in order for learning to occur through iPad usage. This unit will focus on some of the many Web 2.0 tools, but it is ultimately your decision to implement specific tools into your classroom. Whether you are familiar with Web 2.0 tools, or this is your first time hearing the term, take a moment to respond to the pre-unit activity.

To begin each unit, we reflect on what we know prior to engaging with the course content.

Pre-Unit Activity

Take a moment to think about your previous experiences with iPads, have you ever accessed Web 2.0 tools on an iPad? This may be a specific application you've downloaded onto the iPad or accessed while utilizing said iPad. Reflect in your initial experience with these tools prior to moving onto lesson 1.

Objectives

  • Learners will be able to critique Web 2.0 tools
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What are some Web 2.0 Tools/Technologies?

Web 2.0 Tools can be found through the Internet or by downloading specific tools onto your iPad. The following items are grouped based off of their category, for example, communication and collaboration, content based, presentations, note taking etc. While these are just some of the many tools available, one of the many roles of a teacher that must be taken into consideration prior to implementing or utilizing any of these tools is reviewing them. There should be a primary purpose behind the integration and utilization of Web 2.0 tools. Without an instructional purpose, the iPads can lose its value as an educational tool. Think of what we have learned so far into this course. Are you using this Web 2.0 to differentiate instruction? Effectively communicate and collaborate with students or parents? Or are you having your students engage in a small group/independent learning task? Your learning activity will be to evaluate five different Web 2.0 tools and how you may integrate them into your classroom or daily lives as an educator.

The following Web 2.0 Tools can be found on the Apple App Store under "Education". If you are having a difficult time navigating through your iPad, please return to Unit 1: Features and Functions of an iPad to strengthen your knowledge on how to get to the App Store.

Communication and Collaboration

Communication and collaboration in any career or learning community is necessary. Individuals must feel that his or her voice is equally as important while contributing to daily tasks.

  • Bubbl.Us: According to Fractus Learning (2016), Bubbl.us is a mind mapping tool which enables groups to collaborate, plan, and brainstorm ideas around a topic.
  • Edmodo: Similar to Facebook, Edmodo enables students to join a class while their teacher filters the conversation, tracks homework, takes polls, provides immediate feedback, all while parents are observing.
  • Class Dojo: "ClassDojo is a communication app for the classroom. It connects teachers, parents, and students who use it to share photos, videos, and messages through the school day. They use ClassDojo to work together as a team, share in the classroom experience, and bring big ideas to life in their classrooms and homes" (ClassDojo, 2017, p.1).

Content Based (Math, Literacy, etc.)

Content based Web 2.0 tools will further help support learning. Additionally, these tools may be differentiated and track student data over time. As a teacher, tools that track data and student growth provide concrete evidence that the tool is beneficial, and where we can support their comprehension of a specific subject area. The following applications are ones that have been suggested through the application store:

  • Khan Academy: "This application is an excellent educational tool to incorporate into the classroom. Khan academy is a free application available on the iOS app store that offers assistance in almost all major subject sections. Khan Academy is accessible for both the iPad and iPhone. This application is aligned to the Common Core and gives users step-by-step instructions and explanations on specific topics for the given subject. It offers over 150,000 exercises that provide users with instant feedback, including if the exercise completed is correct, and if it is incorrect how it can be solved properly" (Pragen, 2017)
  • AbcYa!: " ABCya is an application that hosts educational games for children from K through 5th grade. The games in this app are created from models of k-5 lesson plans. They serve as an interactive way to expand on content taught in the classroom. All of the activities or games in this app are created or approved by certified schoolteachers. The games in this app teach spelling, Spanish, technology (typing), vocabulary and math skills in a fun and interactive gaming way. The games and variety of skills taught vary by grade level. Each game lists the Common Core standard that the game applies to. This app is a fun and informal way of developing student’s technology skills while simultaneously expanding on other content areas" (Pragen, 2017)

Learning Activities

There are three learning activities you must complete prior to moving onto Unit 4. These activities include:

  1. Pre-Unit Activity: Reflect on your understanding and previous experiences with iPads prior to the beginning of the unit via Google Slides.
  2. Post-Unit Activity: Reflect on what you have learned about throughout the Unit, while paying close attention to whether or not your perception/understanding of iPads changed from the pre-unit activity via Google Slides.
  3. Critiquing Web 2.0 Tools You are to select 5 iPad applications that you plan on integrating into your classroom or daily lives. Reflect on the type of application, i.e. communication, classroom management, etc. Lastly, to tie our learning together from Unit 2, take into consideration how these tools will this increase productivity in your classroom. Type out your response using APA formatting and upload it to the course Google Drive workspace under "Unit 3 Learning Activity". You should have your file saved as Lastname.UnitLearningActivity- https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18FLgoOuDPKX-x7v8HzVlvOMU7I2zhDw_?usp=sharing

Below you will find two teacher created resources to serve as an example of what I am looking for through your critique. This will also be found in the unit documents on the Drive.


Figure 1 -Khan Academy Review
Figure 2 -ABCya Review

Where do I go from here?

If you have completed reading all of the information for Unit 3, responded to the pre-unit activity post, responded to the post-unity activity post, and have completed your learning activity you are now ready to move onto the final unit!

Take all of the information you have learned in both Unit 1 and Unit 2 with you as you move onto Unit 4: Implementation and Integration of iPads!

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