Perhaps you, like me, have read and considered the power behind Wikis 101, Blogging 101, as well as What's all the hype about Web 2.0?. Or, maybe you have considered all of the suggestions about Best Tech Tools for the Classroom are and Is the world going Web 2.0?. It seems that recent discussions on Teachers Engage have been lively and provided great ideas on how we as teachers can use web 2.0 tools with our students. Several trainers have done an excellent job of helping explain how we can benefit students (and ourselves) using web 2.0. I thought I had a handle on this and have enjoyed my attempts to be involved myself as well as having my students participate.
As I was trying to gain "converts to Web 2.0 tools," I used the CommonCraft Show videos. As a result, I had a couple of teachers who were "adamant" about not being involved in using web 2.0 tools. As a result of watching these videos, the teachers were impressed and became excited to use these tools with their students. I just watched a "CommonCraft inspired video" that shows what happens when you do the math of Web 2.0 tools: Google + Moodle+ Wiki + Blog= "Goomoodlekiog". I thought I understood what a mashup was. I've created several mashups and was pleased with my results.
When I watched the "Goomoodlekiog" video I determined the mashup concept had risen to a new height. In addition, I realized the power can come fromnot having students move from one level of Web 2.0 tool up to the next, but in finding a way to combine ideas and push learning to new limits.
This video has me now reconsidering if Are you a 2.0 teacher?. While I thought I had a feeling for this concept, I am now thinking I have much farther to go. My goal now is to try to determine how I can help my students extend their learning and understanding farther than they have before. I hope to help them decide on ways to create and share content content understanding in new ways. Perhaps I just need some more Gadgets? so I can have fun in my classroom. And speaking of new gadgets, I bit the bullet and added a Snowball microphone to my tools today - it's supposed to be one of the best in its price range for creating podcasts. Now I've got to apply what we learned in Podcasting 101!
Please share your ideas on how we can encourage teachers to involve their students in a GooMoodleikiog. I'd also like to see any mashups that my fellow trainers help create.