Web 2.0 Tools Continued

Following class presentations on several different Web 2.0 Tools for the classroom, I have chosen three that I would be interested in using. Listed below are descriptions of how to access and use each tool, its alignment with Bloom’s Taxonomy, and ideas of how to use them in the classroom.

Using technology in the classroom is absolutely essential in the world we live in-specifically students learning should be enhanced with their use of technology (rather than passively consumed). In doing so, we are giving every single kid the access to technology that they deserve. Not only can it be more engaging, but when used properly, it can adhere to so many different learning styles. Technology is versatile and adaptable, and educators should constantly be on the lookout for new strategies and ways to use it in the classroom.

 

Wufoo-https://www.wufoo.com/

This is a website that allows you to create forms and surveys of your very own. It gives you the opportunity to sign up for free, and to choose a more advanced subscription with more options. You can choose forms that are already made, and customize them to fit your needs. Or, you can simply make your own form from scratch.This is a very basic site that is extremely accessible and easy to use. The website allows you to either print the forms or to share them online where you can instantly review results.

Bloom’s Taxonomy- Wufoo would most likely hit the “remember” portion of the scale., because its format harkens toward basic recall. Although, the fact that you can customize it for your own use, makes it so you can take it to a deeper level. For example, if students were asked to elaborate or make their own connections, it could advance to the “apply’ and “analyze” sections.

My Adaptation- I would utilize Wufoo in its basic form that aligns with the “remember” of Bloom’s Taxonomy. I would create a questionnaire to give to students at the beginning of each year/semester that would allow me to get to know students on a personal level. I would ask them about their favorite subjects, hobbies, and interests, along with their personal goals for the year.

Quizizz– https://quizizz.com/?imageFix=true

This site follows the format of the popular site Kahoot. It allows teachers to create their own quizzes that will flash on the screen of their students’ devices. Students are rewarded for quick, correct answers. This allows for a lot of competition as students can see where they rank in the class after each class, and are given instant feedback as to if their answer was correct. Logistically speaking, each account is given a specific pass code that students will enter in order to join the game. It is very flexible in terms of what format you can use, how the results are presented, and even with how long students have to answer. This is an extremely engaging activity.

Bloom’s Taxonomy- No matter the format, this site will most likely hit the “remember” and “understand” sections. There are really no opportunities to elaborate or create (unless students create a quiz of their own). Mainly, they are asked to recall information as quickly and efficiently as possible.

My Adaptation- This would be a great tool to use as a reward after a day of hard, engaged work. It allows students to kind of unwind and be competitive with each other. Specifically, I would pair this with a book or text that has difficult vocabulary words that we have been studying. This would be a great way to check in with their understanding of their words, in a way that they don’t really realize because it is fun and engaging.

Peardeck– https://www.peardeck.com/

This is an extremely cool and adaptive presentation application that is very much like powerpoint. The difference lies in the opportunities for students to actually interact with the presentation on their own screen. For example, they can click and drag an icon to a different side of a spectrum created by the teacher. This would then show up on the presentation screen so the entire class can see the anonymous responses of each student. Also, there are options where students can even write their own  responses to certain questions that will appear on the screen. From peer-feedback, this was a fairly difficult application to get the hang of. There are just very different presentation options that show up differently on student views than presentation views. Additionally, a lot of the extremely interactive options are not free. Fairly expensive subscriptions are required to gain access to the facets of this application that really set it apart from powerpoint. In my opinion, it would be worth it if this type of presentation is applicable in your daily classroom.

Bloom’s Taxonomy- This program has the ability to cover everything from the “remember” to the “evaluate” sections of this scale. Depending on the choices that students are given in terms of interaction, they can give their opinions, judgments, questions, and even just basic recall of information.

My Adaptation- I would use this application in the discussion of authors using imagery in their writing in terms of character and scene descriptions. One specific slide could have a quote from an author describing a scene. Students can then be asked to drag the icon on their screen to the image that best represents the descriptions the authors used. Then, when all of the student responses are up on the screen, I would have them discuss whether the imagery used was effective in painting a clear picture in the eyes of students. I could then have them take this a step further, and write a response that rephrases an example of “bad” imagery into one that’s more descriptive.

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