Looking over the ISTE standards and student profiles it’s clearly evident out Web 2.0 tools can be used to support many of these standards. In fact, the three main categories (Collaboration, Communication, Publication) are key identifying words within a few of the particular standards. To illustrate this, I will choose the three tools I outlined in my previous blog to show how they can be used to meet particular standards.

Communication

Diigo

Diigo, as mentioned in the previous blog, is a great tool for annotation and organization. For student use, it allows them to research topics, organize all resources in one location, and pick out important portions of website. If you look over the ISTE standards, number 3, clearly states learning objectives that would be met with the use of this tool:

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

If you look over the bolded portions, you will see how a social bookmarking and annotation tool like Diigo would help meet those PLANNING, ORGANIZING, and EVALUATION skills.

Collaboration

Google Docs

Google docs, on the surface, appears to fit more of the publication category, but if you look a bit deeper in terms of its educational value, it’s very much a collaboration tool. Google docs allows you to publish and share documents, as well invite users to CONTRIBUTE to the creation process. Students can publish a working bibliography, an ongoing rough draft of a document, a research plan, a list of resources, etc, that they and their group members (assuming the project is group-based) can edit, change, and provide feedback on. By using Google docs to establish an ever-changing document that all students can edit, add to, and provide feedback on, it’s certainly encouraging collaboration. Looking over the ISTE standards, you can see how Google docs helps fulfil some key objectives:

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

Publication

Moonk!

Moonk! was one of the new to me Web 2.0 tools. It allows users to upload video/photos, create a slideshow/presentation, edit, and publish/share. It’s a great digital media creation software that could be used for the creation of digital portfolios, multimedia presentations, supplemental project visuals, etc. I view Moonk! as being a vehicle for the culminating project in a PBL, although it could certainly be a supplemental activity as part of the whole PBL. Moonk! can also be used for project evaluation from peers. Students could all view the published projects, and provide feedback on each project. Additionally, students are communicating their ideas to not only fellow classmates, but a worldwide audience. Worldwide collaboration is one of the great things of a PBL, and publication tools (not just Moonk!) allow you do just that. Additionally, publication tools let students use software and various digital tools to help solve a problem or achieve a perceived goal. Taking a look at the ISTE standards, we can see how the use of Moonk! helps student achieve particular objectives:

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:

b. select and use applications effectively and productively.

Additionally, looking over the ISTE student profiles, we can find a few that certainly would be met through the use of Moonk! (I’m going to concentrate on 9-12th grade since that’s what I teach).

Create media-rich presentations for other students on the appropriate and ethical use of digital tools and resources. (1,5)

2. Create and publish an online art gallery with examples and commentary that demonstrate an understanding of different historical periods, cultures, and countries. (1,2)
3.

Select digital tools or resources to use for a real-world task and justify the selection based on their efficiency and effectiveness. (3,6)

I’ve focused just primarily on a few tools that are available to students and teacher’s alike, but it’s quite obvious other tools such as Ning, TeacherTube, Twitter, Wikispace, etc, all encourage collaboration, communication, and publication. Furthermore, each one of these categories are the primary focus in terms of objectives outlined by ISTE. It has to be understood that these tools are just that…tools. They are a MEANS to accomplish the objective, they shouldn’t be the objective, but they are great tools to help serve as the vehicle to get there.

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