card header iconBlogs, Wikis and Google Groups--It's all just 2.0

We are keenly aware that teenagers are now "talking" to each other in many different and fascinating ways: texting, blogging, and using MySpace and YouTube are just a few. (These and more are what people are now calling "Web 2.0" or "social networking" applications, where the Internet becomes interactive rather than its prior incarnation as the read-only version, now being called "Web 1.0").

We want to capitalize on the power of Web 2.0, because we believe that these social networking applications have enormous potential when tied to the goal of promoting books, reading, and positive social interaction.

Links to read/write/think more about Social Media/Networking

card header iconGreat reads:

Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog:

(Doug is not only a terribly knowledgeable (and funny) director of technology in MN, but his stuff makes sense. He has given a ton of keynotes around the country and has posted many of those handouts here.)

card header iconWrite your own Blog (or better yet, have your KIDS write one for you):

Blogger (you will need to create a google account for this, which you will also be able to use for Google Groups)

Edmodo is a lot like another popular social networking site, but designed for use in the classroom.

card header icon Assignment Options 3.10.10:

  1. Please create an google account on either Blogger or Google Groups, but first you will probably need to override. (Not sure how? username = schools\yournormalusername | password = yourregularpassword)
  2. Create a blog and make a post.
  3. Log in and surf EBSCO (our periodicals database) and submit a 2.0 link for this page or read one of these about students and Web 2.0:

"Redefining Rigor: Critical Engagement, Digital Media, and the New English/Language Arts":

"Using Web 2.0 Tools at School":

"The Effect of Web 2.0 on Teaching and Learning":