In Combining Web 2.0 Part 1, we looked at a method I call Troika Doll. This post will explore an easier and certainly more obvious way to combine sites and use web 2.0 in the classroom. I call this method Fruit Cake.
In the fruit cake method, all of the various web 2.0 elements are still clearly discernible, even in the final project. For the “cake”, I often use Glogster. Since you can embed text, images, audio and video, it is one of the most flexible mediums out there.
Take a look at this example:
This is a sample Glogster page used as a teacher classroom page. Glogster works great for this purpose. In this glog, I have audio created in Aviary and a Voki. The trickiest part is capturing the Voki and embedding in Glogster. It is not currently possible to add a Voki to a glog by using an embed code. Believe me, I’ve tried everything. Here is a tutorial to capture a Voki. You can also use Jing to do this but for this example, I used Screentoaster.
If you are looking to boost your use of web 2.0 in the classroom, give this method a try. It works great for project-based learning and allows your students to explore their creativity. How are you using web 2.0 in the classroom and how have you combined sites? Please post a comment below and thanks for reading the educational technology blog Teach Amazing!