Lesson 2: How Can I Use Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom?

Technology can be fun and engaging for students. Often, being able to do a project on the computer is enough motivation for a student to start working. However, simply adding technology to a lesson does not guarantee increased creativity or collaboration in student work. A specific technology tool should be chosen with proper reflection and with the lesson goals in mind.

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1) Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

There are many different web 2.0 tools, and often one tool can be used in different kinds of projects. It’s useful to think about the different levels of Bloom’s revised taxonomy and figure out where a particular use of a tool fits into the overall taxonomy. Remember that a web 2.0 tool is like a word processor – it can be used in many different ways, and the nature of the specific project is what determines the level within the taxonomy. Often a tool will be able to fit into multiple levels, depending on it use.

2) Lesson Plan Checklist

When planning a lesson that will incorporate a web 2.0 tool, it’s helpful to ask some basic questions. Anyone of the 3 basic questions can be the starting point, and the 4th – the choice of technology tool – should be based on the answers to the other 3 questions. First determine which level of Bloom’s taxonomy you are aiming for, what the learning goals are for the lesson, and describe the learners who will take part in the lesson. A web 2.0 tool should then be chosen that fits these specific needs. Remember that tools can be used in different ways, and there may be more than one tool that is appropriate for any given situation.

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Does Technology Improve Learning?

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1) Categorize Web 2.0 Tools

  • Categorize the web 2.0 tools used in the previous lesson, and any others you may already be familiar with or have become introduced to since the previous lesson, according to the level’s of Bloom’s revised taxonomy. 
  • Begin to brainstorm ways to apply the web 2.0 tools discussed so far to your own content areas, and identify which levels of the taxonomy are being addressed by each tool.

2) Prepare Sample Lesson

Prepare a sample lesson plan using at least one of the web 2.0 tools you identified during your brainstorming session, showing how they can be applied to your own content area, and identify which level of the taxonomy the specific use of the tool(s) addresses. If you’d like to share your lesson plan, post a link to it in the class website you created in lesson 1.