Web 2.0 Tools


One very cool and interesting Web 2.0 tool I found is called Fakebook. It is a website that enables students to make a social media page for a fictional or historic character. Students need to know how Facebook works (the site formatting is based off of Facebook), and the information about the character they are describing. This website has high interest for students, and has them think about what they are working on. I don’t see too many limitations for this website, except for the fact that the site seems a bit cluttered at first. A good age group for this site would probably be middle to high school.

Another useful Web 2.0 tool I came across is called Lifty. Lifty enables users to read classic literature, and annotate and read it and save it to their account. The site is good if you don’t have a book you want to read in class, but you want to read it. The site itself is fairly confusing and would take some time getting used to. A good age group for Lifty is high school.

Easelly is a tool that enables students to make clean and fresh looking infographics. Before using the site, the students need to know the information they are writing about, and how to use it in an infographic. This site is good to have students summing up their information in a concise way. The site seems fairly difficult to master, though. A good age for this tool would be middle to high school.

Copyright 101

Copyright is something that protects things that people make and create. Fair use is a rule that provides exceptions to copyright laws. The four rules for fair use are:

  • The purpose of the use
  • Nature of the copied work
  • The amount of the work copied
  • Effect of your use on the market

The medium of the work being used also matters. It’s all different for print, video, multimedia, internet materials, and computer software. The ASCD (the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) provides a great summary of how the different media can change the rules.

Effective Presentations

When designing slide presentations, I knew previously that “less is more”, but hadn’t heard of the “1-7-7 rule” before, which I think is a smart idea.

Using this information in the classroom is important, because it can keep students focused and paying attention to the lesson. With this, you can have your classroom more engaging and more effective.

I think most of my Power Points have been pretty effective, but also could use a lot of improvement.

Information Literacy

Information literacy can be hard to define. Personally, I think that being literate with information means that you can objectively think about who is giving the information they are reading, and tell if there are any biases being presented.

I think that it is possible to teach students information literacy skills. If we as educators show students the importance of learning about where the information they are taking in is coming from, and what to look for when making sure that information is as accurate as possible.

I do believe that we can prepare students to be effective technology users. To do this, however, we have to be effective users ourselves. I think a big issue when educators try to integrate technology in the classroom is they don’t know how to use everything to its full potential, which is essential for teaching students the best to your ability.

Digital Natives and Immigrants

In recent discussions of technology a controversial issue has been about digital natives (those who grew up with and around technology), and digital immigrants (those who have not grown up with technology). On one hand, people argue that the digital immigrants should start teaching with the new styles of digital natives. From this perspective, the digital natives are thinking differently and having many different interactions than those from the past, and the ways of schooling that have been tried and true aren’t as effective. On the other hand, some argue that digital natives don’t exist. According to this view, they say that even though students may know how to use technology, they don’t know how to use it effectively to to its full potential.

In sum then, the issue is whether teachers should learn the “new way”, or students and teachers learn how to use technology effectively.


My own view is that I think both parties should learn how to use technology to its full potential. Though I concede that this would be easier said than done, I still maintain that it’s the right thing to do. This issue is important because times are changing, and schools need to change with them.