After talking Angie Melcher into doing the conference with me I came to realize there was a lot of information we needed to get together. Well we did and what a team we made. I think we were well received and had tons of information for those that attended.
We started off by introducing the different definitions of Web 2.0 and then expanded on it by introducing the different tools and their emphasis on collaboration. Two areas of background framework we introduced that talk about the integration of technology was TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) and the 21st Century Learning Skills . Both address the need of technology to enhance the student’s skills for the future.
Once we established a foundation for the our subject, we then began to introduce the different tools we use in our classes. One of my recent Web 2.0 tools was Wordle and Tagxedo. Students were given an assignment to find information on a scientist and use Wordle or Tagxedo to present the information. I intend to create a collage with all the wordles they create. Angie talked about her video lab reports, and how she flipped some of her classroom. We discussed our science department video channel that we had at Youtube (CGHS Science Channel). After going through our list we talked about some resources teachers could use to find ideas about Web 2.0, one is a really great diagram we got from one of the Discovery Education webinars about Blooms Taxonomy:
After we finished our first part, I then talked about Discovery Education and the October VirtCon. Most of the teachers had subscriptions to the resource but there were some who didn’t know about it. So I introduced them to the resource. I then took the time out to discuss NASA explorer schools and the lessons I had already done in class. This led me to Honeywell Educators. Of course I had to wear my flight suit for the talk.
I think we did well and that is what some of colleagues told us, so it was a success. I’m now trying to talk Angie into taking the act on the road.