I thought that Web 2.0 was all about interactivity- someone does something and others respond. However, I’ve noticed that numerous Web 2.0 programs are used primarily in a one way mode (publish and run mode)
Students use Voki to record their ideas. However, the recording usually serve as the end product. The recording does not encourage others to respond or build on the recording. Yes, others can listen to it but they usually do not do anything after listening to it. For example, Modern Language teachers may have their students record what they did last weekend in the second language. Once the recording is done, the “learning” is done. No one will probably listen to it except for the teacher. I propose a transformation so that class use of Voki goes from being in a static mode to an interactive Web 2.0 mode. Modern Language teachers can have students make Voki recordings that are questions that other class members can answer. For example, students can ask questions in the imperfect tense of their classmates “When you were a child, what was your favorite milk?” and the classmates can answer, “Yes, when I was child, my favorite drink was chocolate milk.”
Likewise, students produce multi-media Glogster eposters. However, their eposters occur at the end of their learning. Usually, no one is expected to take their information and react to it or build on it. For example, Social Studies students prepare country reports. I propose a transformation so that the class use of Glogster goes from being in a static mode to an interactive mode. Social Studies teachers can ask students to compare/contrast the various county reports to see what commonalities show up about the countries. For example, what do the country reports from South Africa have in common? How do they differ?
How do you have your students use Web 2.0 interactively?
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