Use of new web 2.0 tools-course experiences

I can see several uses for Twitter in my teaching.  I really like the idea of using Twitter to encourage reading.  Including a book list and/or regular tweets about recommended books, would encourage an exchange between students about books.  In addition utilizing Twitter for reading book club is an interesting concept.  This could be used to enhance the book club discussions in the classroom.

Addictomatic is also an interesting tool.   It allows you to create a custom page with the latest buzz on any topic.  I thought that I might use it in conjunction with a lesson on black history.  Each student could create an Addictomatic page about a specific figure in black history.  The took brings up information from various sources such as Twitter, Bing News, a Google blog search,, YouTube, Flickr, Wikio, and News.  In conjunction with that unit, I thought I could utilize Neweum digital classroom.  This 2.0 tool includes short videos on many topics.  One particular video entitled “The Press and the Civil Rights Movement” focuses on the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. and the role of the media.  Given the strong violence and language in the video, only segments of the video would be appropriate for viewing. In conjunction with the lesson I can see utilizing Docs Teach.  It provides access to primary sources from National Archives.  For example five of President Hoover’s letters analyzing the development of the Depression are included.  This would be a wonderful enhancement to my book study of “A Long Way from Chicago” which takes place during the depression.  Docs Teach also provides interactive tools to utilize these primary documents.  For example one interactive activity allows the students to utilize primary sources to weigh evidence about various topics.

This course has provided me with the opportunity to explore new tools.  It is truly amazing how many tools are available, many of which would be valuable in enriching the teaching experience for students.  Interacting with the other students in the class was also helpful in generating useful ideas.

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