Web 2.0

This week, I interacted with two very different Web 2.0 applications that I will most definitely be using in my future classroom. I learned how to use “A Web Whiteboard” and “Poll Everywhere”.

A Web Whiteboard:

This application is more geared toward use by students. It’s name describes what it literally is: an online whiteboard. Students have the ability to choose different types of writing “utensils” in different colors. They are then able to write, draw, and create with their mouse as their paintbrush. Logistically speaking, teachers or schools need to buy an actual subscription to this website that allows for even greater opportunities. BUT, a very functional and basic option is available for free.

Cognition: This is a fairly basic source that could allow students to create on a fairly sophisticated and advanced level. In terms of Bloom’s Taxonomy, AWW would hit somewhere in the “apply” range, but depending on the task could easily fit into the “create category”. This allows students to be very creative in their work, and would allow them to create graphic organizers or draw about what they learned, but gives them the ability to create something entirely new. This would also fall into the “active” section of the Technology Integration Matrix, and potentially the “collaborative” section.

I would definitely use this in my own classroom. Although, I would actually prefer students to be able to work with the physical whiteboards in the room (providing there’s enough space). Students could create work as a group or individually. By having their work up on their screens, I could even show them with a screen sharing application, or simply have the students complete “gallery walk”.

Poll Everywhere:

This is a very unique tool that allows teachers to create mini-assessments in several different forms. By going to polleverywhere.com, teachers can set up a free account and begin making their own polls. There are several different options for the type of assessment you use (a,b,c answer, short answer, etc.), how it is viewed (can students see who answered what), and how many answers students are limited to. Upon signing up, each teacher is given a unique code that will associate with every single poll they create. Then, students or participants can either text that code in and answer questions from their phones, or go to pollev.com and type in the code. Again, the “basics” are provided for free, and a subscription can be bought to gain access to more tools.

Cognition:  The teacher’s choice of assessment type will affects the level cognition students will be applying. For example, by simply allowing them to choose a,b,c answers, that is touching on the “remember” section in Bloom’s Taxonomy. By allowing them to answer open-ended questions, it steps more into the “understand”. This application is tough to place on the TIM, as it is more a means of assessment rather than an activity to gain deep, new insights. It definitely won’t ever enter the “transformative” section of any of the TIM sections. BUT, it could definitely provide information to the educator that would allow them to create activities that are in that category.

I would use this in my classroom, but not every day. It would be a good way to test prior knowledge and understanding at the beginning of the unit. Also, it would be a good tool to use as a mini check-in or even as an assessment. It could also provide opportunity for collaboration on ideas and group discussion. Additionally, students could even create their own account and create assessments of their own.

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