Making the Best Use of Blogs, Wikis, Webcasts, and Other Web 2.0 Tools to Enrich Student Learning
Presented by Kathy A. Sage
Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, Library/Media Specialists and Technology Educators Serving Grades K-6
- Practical, interactive, ready-to-use lessons and activities to integrate blogs, wikis, webcasts, and other tools seamlessly into your daily instruction
- Engaging, motivating projects using blogs, wikis, webcasts, and other tools to help enrich student learning in grades K-6
- Proven techniques and tips to locate, assess, implement, and manage the use of internet resources in your classroom
- Collaborative ways to effortlessly extend group projects outside your classroom walls using blogs, wikis and webcasts
- A comprehensive handbook containing everything you’ll learn during the seminar so you can easily transfer the ideas immediately into your classroom instruction
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Today’s students are surrounded by technology, many having been immersed in technology applications and opportunities from an early age. Admittedly, it can be a challenge to engage and motivate our students. Surrounded by videos, DVDs, CDs, iPods, cellular phones, instant messaging, and more in their daily lives, they must often feel frustrated when they reach the school house door and are asked to turn their technology off before entering the classroom.
How can we as educators actively engage and motivate our students to get involved with our lessons? How can we best use today’s interactive technology to our advantage? Interactive technology such as blogs, wikis, webcasts, and other Web 2.0 tools can provide the key to unlocking your students’ interest, engaging them, motivating them, and involving them in learning.
Using a large screen multimedia projection system (rather than individual computers) Kathy Sage, an outstanding teacher and seminar leader will share a wealth of ideas, resources and possibilities that can be used with the latest tools. This seminar is loaded with a variety of content-specific, grade-level appropriate lessons, easy-to-manage activities, methods, websites, tools, and guides that will enable you to motivate, challenge and involve your students in global learning opportunities. Whether you are still learning the language of the technology world or are well versed in many of its nuances, together, we’ll take the best practices you currently use for instruction in your classroom and enhance them with the tools of the digital world to make them effective, efficient, engaging, and fun for your students and for you.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Learn How to Use Web 2.0 Tools in Your K-6 Classroom
Find out how new Web 2.0 applications can help you discover materials, resources and on-line communities … Free web tools and resources available to use immediately when you return to your own classroom
- Incorporate the Latest, Cutting-Edge Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Student Learning
Discover the latest interactive tools such as blogs, wikis and webcasts and learn how to best use them in your classroom to motivate, encourage and challenge your students
- Utilize Easily Accessible Podcasting Sites to Globally Display Your Students’ Work
Participate in podcasting opportunities that provide publishing and presenting opportunities for your students … Display student work for schools and students around the globe
- Create Collaborative Opportunities for Group Projects
Explore ways students can create, edit and evaluate digital work in a collaborative, global “classroom” … Increase your students’ access to the ideas and knowledge of experts and observers from around the globe using blogs, wikis, webcasts, and other tools
- Learn the Most Effective Websites for Creating and Managing a Classroom Homepage
Establish your classroom’s presence on the World Wide Web with easy-to-use websites which sponsor educational homepages … Find out which are the most effective and efficient sites for creating and managing a classroom website
- Explore Dozens of Lesson Ideas and Activities for Grades K-6
Seamlessly integrate tools into your K-6 classroom instruction … Learn how to integrate technology with your district or state content standards to enhance your curriculum and increase its relevance
- Involve Your Students and Yourself in Interactive Blogs
Identify and evaluate a number of educational blogs already established on the web that will allow students and you to explore, expand, create, and share interest, learning and knowledge
- Implement Ways to Manage Internet Research Tools
Enhance your students’ abilities to find, organize and use information they gather from online resources … Guide both instruction and project completion with these time-saving ideas and tools
- Strengthen Your K-6 Writing Instruction
Use interactive word processing tools to foster collaboration and communication throughout the writing process … Create fluid documents where your students create, you respond, they revise and edit, and you evaluate – all seamlessly on one document
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
This comprehensive, step-by-step handbook is designed to help facilitate your learning and understanding of the newest, most cutting-edge Web tools available and how to use them to enhance learning … Included in the handbook are dozens of ideas and step-by-step instructions to help you integrate the ideas, lessons and activities when you return to your own classroom
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- The latest, most cutting-edge Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and webcasts and how to use them with students in grades K-6
- Podcasts to communicate world wide or across your city
- Ways to differentiate instruction and projects to challenge all of your students at their individual instructional levels
- Efficient collaborative opportunities that encourage teamwork, accountability and creativity
- Strategies for managing online access and usage to promote polite, ethical, safe internet participation
- Teacher-friendly templates and instructional guides to use upon returning to your classroom
- Online research tools that teach skills, lessen the drudgery and increase the effectiveness of research projects
- Creative webquest adventures on which to send your students to gather knowledge and practice teamwork skills
- Tools in Microsoft Word that will increase your communication with students about their writing during the writing process
- Relevant blogs to create or access to increase your students’ knowledge and interest in content learning
- Real-lifepublic speaking opportunities for students to experience and evaluate
- Right here, right now social networks to broaden and enhance your instruction
- Host sites that guide you through the creation and management of a classroom web page
- Collaborative teacher-focused communities that invite and encourage you to participate in discussions about educational issues
- Timesaving tools to ease the strain of the paper load in the classroom
- Creative, free sites to find images, charts, graphs, or displays to enhance your students and your presentations
- Realistically affordable hardware you can use in your classroom to support instruction
- Student and teacher-friendly methods for collecting, evaluating, and returning homework assignments
- Ways to manage your newly enhanced, technology-rich classroom
- Websites that provide activities that offer extra practice or increased challenge to students for a variety of learning objectives
- Software and strategies to implement the use of handheld devices (Professional Digital Assistants) to support instruction
A Message From Seminar Leader, Kathy Sage
The world is continually changing as technology tools provide effectiveness, efficiency and motivation for a variety of jobs and activities taking place outside the classroom walls. The often-mentioned Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and webcasts are convenient to access, easy to use and manage, and endless in their breadth and depth of educational learning opportunities. While some of our students arrive with extensive technology experience and knowledge, others will come to us as novices, not even aware of the opportunities available. These tools help bridge this gap as they provide hands-on, interactive experiences and practice that enhance content-area knowledge and skill development. The open-ended environment of such tools as blogs, podcasts, webquests, wikis, and others will enable you to enhance instruction, increase communication, develop broader relationships, and motivate your students.
Being a classroom teacher, I realize that this all sounds great, but … let’s keep it realistic. It is my goal to show you effective, teacher-friendly methods and strategies to support your instruction, not add to it. The handbook for this seminar will not become another teacher’s manual to stack on your bookshelf to gather dust. The lessons and activities we’ll explore during this seminar, all directly tie to content standards. The focus of the seminar is to show you time-efficient, practical ideas and methods to have technology support the instruction learning in your classroom.
I have used the websites, activities and lessons in my own classroom with real children. I have learned the downfalls to avoid and obstacles to overcome. I have tweaked them to meet different students’ needs. I know you’ll find the activities immediately usable in your own classroom. Plus, I am always available through email, to provide support and to answer questions.
I look forward to an energetic, fast-paced day, exploring Web 2.0 tools, the internet and all it has to offer our students. We won’t focus on preparing them for the technology of the future; we’ll focus on using technology to teach them knowledge that is needed NOW. Join me for this idea-packed voyage as we explore all the exciting things we can do with Web 2.0 tools.
Kathy A. Sage
P.S. The focus of this seminar is on practical, easy-to-use ways to utilize the interactive Web 2.0 tools to enhance your teaching and your students’ learning. Although individual computers will not be available at the seminar, you are welcome to bring a laptop if you have one available. Additionally, don’t forget that the handbook is designed so you can employ what you learn at the seminar immediately in your classroom. And remember, I’m only an email away.
Who Should Attend
Classroom Teachers, Library/Media Specialists and Technology Educators Serving Grades K-6.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
- step-by-step instructions for lessons and activities
- graphic organizers, note takers, and student directions to provide support for lessons and activities
- numerous resources for content area instruction for grades K-6
- practical ideas for integrating tools into your classroom instruction
- and much, much more
Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their instructional program.
Kathy Sage will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own program.
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