Last weekend the Learning Resource Center became a training ground and conversation hub for instructors seeking to integrate Web 2.0 technologies into the classroom. Classroom 2.0, a workshop series and online community developed by Steve Hargadon, provided an opportunity for K-12 and community college educators to come together and explore tools, strategies, and best practices in using current Web technologies to engage students and enhance learning.
Those just starting on their tech journey learned how to create blogs and wikis, while more advanced (or geeky) users shared favorite tools. These included creating custom Google maps (click the “My Maps” link) and importing the data to Google Earth; using social bookmarking tools such as Delicious and Diigo; harnessing “back channel” conversations using Today’s Meet; building elegant websites in a matter of minutes with Weebly; creating multimedia discussion pages using VoiceThread; and sharing documents and presentations using sites such as Scribd, Slideshare, and drop.io.
If you’re looking for a community of educators sharing information on technology in the classroom, you might want to take a look at what the Classroom 2.0 site (hosted by Ning.com) has to offer: discussion forums, links to resources, and networking opportunities.