Unit 1:Web 2.0-Blogging

From KNILT

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Overview

From an educational perspective, Web 2.0 might be considered the single most beneficial advance in technology. Web 2.0 learning resources are based on easy accessibility, customization and integration. They are also designed to be learner-centered instead of curriculum-centered.
There is debate regarding the appropriateness of Web 2.0 as a learner tool in the classroom. Some educators are concerned over the possibility that learning might get lost in the preoccupation with the technology. While this is a valid concern, the simple fact is that technology has become a center place in our society, and ignoring or minimizing its importance to young students would be a serious mistake. While there are some social aspects of any online learning site, this socialization also allows for more productive learning. Networking, collaborating and exploring forums that would otherwise be available is paramount to instilling growth and intellectual skill sets for young learners.
Many Web 2.0 resources were specifically designed to be on-demand aids, used incidentally by the student. Others are much more involved, and typically are integrated more toward multi-learner collaboration. In a reading environment, the choice of a particular Web 2.0 resource will be based on both the student need and the classroom environment. We know that promoting comprehension includes exercises such as reading out loud or listening to someone read out loud, reading with a “buddy,” identifying meaning and exploring works with peers. There is a Web 2.0 resource for each of these best practices, as well as many others.

Some of the more commonly used Web 2.0 resources for Reading Comprehension are:
Blogger
Lead21
Scott Foresman Reading
Tumblebooks
Storyline
Wordsift
Wordle
Voicethread

For this mini-lesson, we will take a look at three.

Blogger

Tumblebooks

Wordsift