Tagged: web2.0

The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book by Terry Freedman

I’m a avid follower of Terry Freedman (@terryfreedman) and I totally hated myself for missing iCTLT2010 and a chance to attend his concurrent session, Introducing Web 2.0 Into Your Classroom. Good news is Terry recently released an ebook The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book.

It has:

  • 87 projects.
  • 10 further resources.
  • 52 applications.
  • 94 contributors.
  • The benefits of using Web 2.0 applications.
  • The challenges of using Web 2.0 applications.

Best of all, it is free! According to Terry, it has been downloaded 9000 times since released 2 weeks ago!

Visit http://www.ictineducation.org/free-stuff/ now! 😀

A Teacher’s Guide to Web 2.0 at School by Sacha Chua

Though I’m a little late in posting this, I guess it’s a good time to share this presentation by Sacha Chua after attending the ICT Mentor Training Programme workshop.

The workshop was great and without a doubt all tools used during the workshop are Web 2.0. However teachers who attended the workshop are constantly reminded, what matters most is HOW teachers used Web 2.0 for teaching and learning but not WHAT Web 2.0 can do. Pedagogies, instructions and learning outcomes always come first.

Now back to Sacha’s presentation slides. Enjoy~

Web 2.0 equivalent of…

I’m working out a series of Web 2.o tools training sessions for teachers and pupils next year. Right now I’m mapping the following IT applications (mostly Microsoft products) to Web 2.0 equivalents. The learning outcome will be students learning both Microsoft skills and Web 2.0 tools.

I have listed some of my ideas.

  1. Keyboarding and Word processing = Blogging and Wiki
  2. Microsoft PowerPoint = Google Docs (Presentation)
  3. Microsoft Excel = Google Docs (Spreadsheets and Forms)
  4. Microsoft Movie Maker (Slideshow) = Animoto
  5. Microsoft Movie Maker (Video) = ???
  6. Audacity = VoiceThread?

Any recommendations? Thanks!

Baseline ICT Standards (Singapore): Where is Web 2.0 for Primary level?

This afternoon I attended a briefing at MOE HQ on Pupils’ Attainment of Baseline ICT Standards. The highlight of the briefing was the demonstration of the Online Assessment Tool which is task based and automated. Pretty impressive stuff.

However what made me a little upset was the glaring absence of Web 2.0 for Primary level Skills areas in the revised standards.

Frankly, I was quite puzzled by this first ICT Focus:

Pupils will use the Internet for email and searches.

and this Skills Area:

Learning with Communication Tools: Online Communication: Send a message. Send an attachment.

While Secondary and Tertiary levels placed some emphasis on Web 2.0, I can’t say the same for Primary level (except for the brief mention of ‘Digital portfolio’ and ‘blog’ as ‘Suggested Evidence’).

I can’t help but ask myself: Is Web 2.0 deemed too early for Primary level?

I will probably slap myself first if the answer is a yes.

As what Deputy Director. Professional Development & Consultancy, Mr. Sin Kim Ho pointed out, the Baseline Standards will be evolving.

I guess evolving is just too slow. It needs an immediate transformation.

Note: Primary level pupils in Singapore are between 7 years old (Primary 1) to 12 years old (Primary 6).

Slideshows 2.0

From ReadWriteWeb,

When it comes to presentations, typical slideshows have gotten a bad reputation for being dull and dry. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Thanks to Web 2.0 tools and applications, you can bring pizzazz to your presentations like never before. Whether you’re looking for an “un-slideshow” altogether or just looking to add a little kick to the boring charts and graphs in your PowerPoint, you can find something here that fits your needs as we introduce you to Slideshows 2.0.

Great article on Web 2.0 slideshow tools.

Comiqs in the news

Comiqs heros from Singapore!

Source: Sunday Times, 4 May 2008

Comiqs | Create & Share your comic-style stories

This website is done up by a group of brilliant guys from Singapore. Kudos for making comics alive in the form of a web2.0 tool! It is another great tool for language teachers, particularly useful for digital story telling.

Perhaps the only let down is lack of Chinese character support (just like Voicethread).

Hello from mrkwan on Comiqs