Teachers' Favored Web 2.0 Tools

By Katrina Stevens     Aug 22, 2013

Teachers' Favored Web 2.0 Tools

At 14.2 tweets/minute, #EdTechChat was moving on Monday,August 19. (When school’s in session, #EdTechChat can log up to 2,000 tweetsduring the hour with several hundred participants.) Susan Bearden, Sharon Plante,and I co-moderated this week’s discussion on Web 2.0 tools, asking tweeps toshare the benefits and challenges of using Web 2.0 tools, which ones are theirfavorites, and where they go to find new resources. 

One of the most retweeted tweets captures why educators incorporateWeb 2.0 tools into their classrooms: “@julnilsmith: Web 2.0 tools make studentsMAKERS - not just MEMORIZERS. “ Many other participants echoed that these kindsof tools can expand opportunities for students-- particularly by providing them with anauthentic audience and allowing them to collaborate with peers worldwide. Whenchoosing which tools to try, @MrStaubSTEM summed it up best: “The best edtechis the one you can use effectively that meets the needs in your classroom.”  It’s not about the flash of the newtechnology—it’s about how that technology can support student learning.

Want to join the conversation? #EdTechChat happens everyMonday 8-9pm ET 

The tweet chat surfaced familiar challenges in incorporating Web 2.0 tools: bandwidth, wifi access, technology notfunctioning as expected, and tools that take a long time to use.

Just how easy do tools need to be to support teachers? A small debate erupted on this point: a few educatorsshared that if the tool wasn’t immediately transparent or was too complicated,they moved on to other tools.

Scott Messenger, former teacher and founder of Common Curriculum, pushed back, asking, “If Ts ‘don’t have time’ to master complex tools, can we reallycall them professionals?” He went on to provide an example: “What if anaccountant said they ‘didn’t have time’ to learn Excel and QuickBooks bc 2complex?”

Scott wasn’t alone with hisquestion. Educators will continue to wrestle with how much of their limitedtime should be spent learning new educational tools, especially as the menu of choices balloons. This debate does underscore the importance of making the user experience clean and as easy to use as possible. 

When asked where they found their best resources foridentifying new educational tools to try, of course #edtechchat tweeps citedtheir PLN and #EdTechChat as prime resources for finding new educational tools,but Edsurge, Educlipper, Edshelf, Edutopia,Edudemic, and Graphite were also listed as go-toresources for learning about new educational technology.

EdTechChat tweeps can always be counted on to share theirfavorite tools! Here are the ones most frequently cited:

· Animoto

· Aurasma

· Citelighter

· CK12Foundation

· ClassDojo

· Diigo

· Edmodo

· Educlipper

· Educreations

· Evernote

· ExplainEverything

· GlogsterEDU

· Goalbook

· Gobstopper

· Google Apps

· Kidblog

· KustomNote

· Livebinders

· Nearpod

· NoRedInk

· Padlet

· PollEverywhere

· Popplet

· Remind101

· Schoology

· ScreenLeap

· Socrative

· Storybird

· The AnswerPad

· ThreeRing

· VoiceThread

· Wiggio

Want to see the whole chat or previous chats? Check out the weekly archives.

Want to join the conversation? #EdTechChat happens everyMonday 8-9pm ET! 

Teachers' Favored Web 2.0 Tools

By Katrina Stevens     Aug 22, 2013

Teachers' Favored Web 2.0 Tools

At 14.2 tweets/minute, #EdTechChat was moving on Monday,August 19. (When school’s in session, #EdTechChat can log up to 2,000 tweetsduring the hour with several hundred participants.) Susan Bearden, Sharon Plante,and I co-moderated this week’s discussion on Web 2.0 tools, asking tweeps toshare the benefits and challenges of using Web 2.0 tools, which ones are theirfavorites, and where they go to find new resources. 

One of the most retweeted tweets captures why educators incorporateWeb 2.0 tools into their classrooms: “@julnilsmith: Web 2.0 tools make studentsMAKERS - not just MEMORIZERS. “ Many other participants echoed that these kindsof tools can expand opportunities for students-- particularly by providing them with anauthentic audience and allowing them to collaborate with peers worldwide. Whenchoosing which tools to try, @MrStaubSTEM summed it up best: “The best edtechis the one you can use effectively that meets the needs in your classroom.”  It’s not about the flash of the newtechnology—it’s about how that technology can support student learning.

Want to join the conversation? #EdTechChat happens everyMonday 8-9pm ET 

The tweet chat surfaced familiar challenges in incorporating Web 2.0 tools: bandwidth, wifi access, technology notfunctioning as expected, and tools that take a long time to use.

Just how easy do tools need to be to support teachers? A small debate erupted on this point: a few educatorsshared that if the tool wasn’t immediately transparent or was too complicated,they moved on to other tools.

Scott Messenger, former teacher and founder of Common Curriculum, pushed back, asking, “If Ts ‘don’t have time’ to master complex tools, can we reallycall them professionals?” He went on to provide an example: “What if anaccountant said they ‘didn’t have time’ to learn Excel and QuickBooks bc 2complex?”

Scott wasn’t alone with hisquestion. Educators will continue to wrestle with how much of their limitedtime should be spent learning new educational tools, especially as the menu of choices balloons. This debate does underscore the importance of making the user experience clean and as easy to use as possible. 

When asked where they found their best resources foridentifying new educational tools to try, of course #edtechchat tweeps citedtheir PLN and #EdTechChat as prime resources for finding new educational tools,but Edsurge, Educlipper, Edshelf, Edutopia,Edudemic, and Graphite were also listed as go-toresources for learning about new educational technology.

EdTechChat tweeps can always be counted on to share theirfavorite tools! Here are the ones most frequently cited:

· Animoto

· Aurasma

· Citelighter

· CK12Foundation

· ClassDojo

· Diigo

· Edmodo

· Educlipper

· Educreations

· Evernote

· ExplainEverything

· GlogsterEDU

· Goalbook

· Gobstopper

· Google Apps

· Kidblog

· KustomNote

· Livebinders

· Nearpod

· NoRedInk

· Padlet

· PollEverywhere

· Popplet

· Remind101

· Schoology

· ScreenLeap

· Socrative

· Storybird

· The AnswerPad

· ThreeRing

· VoiceThread

· Wiggio

Want to see the whole chat or previous chats? Check out the weekly archives.

Want to join the conversation? #EdTechChat happens everyMonday 8-9pm ET! 

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