Why would you want to integrate web 2.0 in lessons? The benefits to education are so huge you will wonder how anyone does not use web 2.0. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages of web 2.0 in the classroom.
One of the great things about web 2.0 is there is nothing to install. Since it is cloud-based, you can access it from any internet connected computer and you are always using the latest version. As a teacher, you don’t have to wait for your IT department to load software; just start your browser and you are ready to go.
Cost is such a major factor in school technology. The vast majority of web 2.0 websites are free. You and your students can take advantage of a seemingly endless variety of web 2.0 tools without spending a penny!
With the growing trend of “bring your own device” (BYOD) where students and teachers can bring their own computer to school, the need for device agnostic applications is increasing. Web 2.0 fills this need. Most sites will run on any device without the need to install software. All of your students can use the same web tool from any computer no matter if they are at school or off campus.
The logistical benefits of web 2.0 are great but it still wouldn’t be worth using in the classroom unless is had real pedagogical benefits. It does!
Project-based learning is one of the most important learning activities fostered by web 2.0. Using free websites, students can create digital posters, interactive timelines and much more. Using cloud-based apps, projects can be interactive and rich with multimedia.
Combining creativity and curricular content is goal of all teachers. Integrating technology into this process used to be depended on the software installed in your computer lab. Not anymore! Your students can create artwork, compose music and much more with the help of free cloud-based apps.
Another major benefit of web 2.0 in the classroom is the ability to collaborate and share. Working together on projects and having online discussions is easily facilitated on an endless number of websites. You will discover some of the best websites to use for collaboration in this series of posts, so keep coming back for others articles. In addition, students can easily share their work with you, friends and family.
As you discover more about web 2.0 in the classroom you will surely discover more benefits to your students.
What web 2.0 sites are you using in your classroom? Please post a comment below and thanks for reading the education blog Teach Amazing!