U L E35 A r-ca2 N zero 8
Welcome to my notes for Ulearn08

I am presenting two taster sessions. The first is on Personal/Professional Learning Networks and the second is on Beginning Blogging using 21classes. I hope to use this wiki as a resource for those that attend my workshops and anyone else who is interested in learning more about any of these things.

Why Web2.0? A recent study by Becta on the Benefits of Web2.0 in the Classroom has shown:
  • Web 2.0 helps to encourage student engagement and increase participation – particularly among quieter pupils, who can use it to work collaboratively online, without the anxiety of having to raise questions in front of peers in class – or by enabling expression through less traditional media such as video.
  • Teachers have reported that the use of social networking technology can encourage online discussion amongst students outside school.
  • Web 2.0 can be available anytime, anywhere, which encourages some individuals to extend their learning through further investigation into topics that interest them.
  • Pupils feel a sense of ownership and engagement when they publish their work online and this can encourage attention to detail and an overall improved quality of work. Some teachers reported using publication of work to encourage peer assessment.
Read the full report online here.

So in order to begin your journey into web2.0 (or to further enhance it) building a Personal Learning Network of learning professionals skilled in these areas allows for constant support and guidance. Blogging is a great place to start introducing web2.0 into the classroom.

Good luck on your journey.

Erin Freeman

skype: efreeman1
blog: http://m3teacher.blogspot.com
class blog: http://m3rbs.21classes.com

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