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What Web 2.0 tool(s) have you used and how has it (have they) impacted student learning?

Some of the tools I use the most include:
  • Blogging software. I maintained a booktalk blog for my school library. I also have a personal blog . Unfortunately, I can't seem to find time to update that regularly the way I intend to! Now that I have moved to the classroom, I set up a class blog and each student has a blog that serves as a journaling tool. I believe that the students find blogging an engaging way of practicing their writing skills with an authentic audience.
  • I am a big fan of Voicethread.com , for booktalks, online presentations, and student discussions. I think it is a great tool to help students practice speaking skills and hear each others' comments on topics.
  • I use Google docs a lot for my own work and for professional collaboration. I think Google forms are terrific for capturing information both from students and colleagues. I just introduced some of my students to Google docs for the first time, and they were impressed by how easy it was to share documents. I think knowing about that tool will help them a lot when they are working on group projects.
  • Flickr.com : This site is always the first place I visit when I want Creative Commons-licensed images I can include in my blog, a website, or elsewhere. When I teach students about copyright and fair use, I always include Creative Commons, and I encourage them to use this site to find Creative Commons-licensed graphics.

How have you implemented any of Dr. Valenza's Top Tools?

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