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Web 2.0 / Emerging Technology

With the emergence of social media and emerging technology how do know what type of technology to use in the classroom. This group will provide a discussion area for best practices when using this type of technology in education.

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School Internet Radio Station - Join Us!

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K-12 Tech Tools

Started by Torrey Trust. Last reply by Katherine Campbell Mar 24, 2013. 3 Replies

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How to reach young people (13-25 years) with important Health and Safety messages

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Comment by Ben Wyatt on November 17, 2009 at 1:32pm
David and Douglas - thank you for providing your insight into alternatives and concerns with this type of application. With any type of application there are always pro's and con's and I believe it's important we use our best judgment when integrating this type of technology into education. Our overall goal is to use technology that will help our students become lifelong learners.!
Comment by David Kapuler on November 17, 2009 at 12:34pm
Ustream seems to be a popular free online resource that accomplishes the same thing.
Comment by Douglas Woods on November 17, 2009 at 12:32pm
I agree Benjamin, Procaster looks to have great potential. My concern would be though that the free service is ad supported; do we know what ads we might be exposing learners to? The pro service looks very expensive but could be worthwhile if HD is important.
Comment by Ben Wyatt on November 17, 2009 at 11:38am
I just came across this today and I believe this application can have a huge impact in education. Procaster allows users to share their computer screen or web-cam, stream PowerPoint presentations and the software features audience interaction all in HD quality. The service is FREE and could be used in face to face or online classes. View the Demo Video to see the software in action.
Comment by Martha Hickson on November 16, 2009 at 11:42am
VoiceThread offers an entire "library" of ideas for using the technology in an educational setting across a variety of curriculum areas. Here's the link:

During a profesional-devlopment session for colleagues, I recently presented VoiceThread as an alternative to PowerPoint presentations. Here's an overview of that presentation.
Among VoiceThread's great features is the ability of users to record their comments by telephone, so even schools or users without microphones can get in on the action.
Comment by Ben Wyatt on November 16, 2009 at 11:14am
The top 100 learning tools of 2009 was recently release and number 19 on the list and a tool I believe has a number of benefits in education is Voicethread VoiceThread allows users to create and add audio/narration to a specific topic. I found an example online, in this voicethread the topic Web 2.0 was introduced to a group of educators and the users commented on why we should embrace Web 2.0 in the classroom. The users gave reasons why we should incorporate Web 2.0 in the classroom as well as the benefits of Web 2.0 not only for the students, but also the teachers who work in the education field.
This is an example of a student voicethread on global warming.

If anyone in the Web 2.0 group has used it in their classroom please feel free to share your stories, we would be interested in learning how this type of Web 2.0 tool can be used in the classroom..
Comment by Kevin Young on November 13, 2009 at 2:25pm
Douglas, Thanks for the ipadio link--I just registered, called in, and tweeted the following to my students: Tried new tech @ipadio Kevin's phlog - 1st phonecast to #snowanat students Happy Friday!!
Comment by Ben Wyatt on November 13, 2009 at 1:54pm
Douglas - thank you for the tool Ipadio. The tool has a lot of implications in the education field, I forwarded the site to Dr. Thomas Ho who currently publishes a weekly podcast for his students at IUPUI. . The text conversion option is an added plus and one of the many useful features. He is going to experiment with iPadio and I will keep the group posted.
Comment by Douglas Woods on November 13, 2009 at 5:44am
I have only just come across the website so I haven't had a chance to use it but its potential looks amazing, especially I guess for field trips. Has anyone else used it before?
Comment by David Kapuler on November 12, 2009 at 12:20pm
Ben, great article, I'm going to need to reference that in the future. I especially like the stats it throws at you such as:
• 50% of all blogs on the internet are created by teenagers
• 96% of all students engage in social networking
• 57% of teenagers create online content

The Do's and Don'ts is another nice section!!

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