Online Web 2.0 - Professional Staff Development: 101 Web 2.0

Big Question: How do we make this meaningful to every individual participant?
June 11 - July 29 - End Date - Before Grades - Sept 18th

  • Learning is to impact classroom instruction and not to distract from the educational process. Please refrain from participating during instructional times.
  • Audience will be a mixture of RRISD teachers, instructional coaches and administrators. Class size is limited to 21 participants with 3 facilitators.
  • Course Syllabus will be provided for participants but assignments will be given on a week by week basis.
  • The purpose of this course is to teach Web 2.0 skills and therefore are adaptable skills that transcend applications.
  • Web 2.0 is a term that was introduced in 2004 to describe a new generation of Web applications which provides dynamic user participation, social interaction and collaboration. In a nutshell, the next step of the www.

  • Demostrate Best Practice use of Web 2.0 tools.
  • Create a real-world environment for teachers to learn the tools.
  • Focus on what is most useful for educators.
  • Teachers will become proficeint in and begin using Web 2.0 in their classrooms.
  • All of these tools use writing and would tie into Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum implementations.
  • Teachers will work in cadres to learn and continue to provide support to each other throughout the school year.
  • Level 2 Course could be offered exploring new tools.
  • Build a Community of Practice - Personal Learning Network

Audience - Mixture of Audience - Facilitators 1 per participants

  • Teachers who are already using technology on some level
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Instructional Technology Specialists
  • Administrators

Time Line:
  • Course would run from 7 weeks - The last week will occur several weeks later and will be a follow-up piece - What have you done with what you learned?
  • First Session: July - August
  • First Semester - Run two more sessions
  • Second Semester - Run two more sessions
  • Summer 09 - 10 or sooner?- Continue Part 1 - Implement Part 2??

Reflections Questions: Asked each week and to be answered on each participants learning blog
  • What did you learn?
  • How will you use what you have learned?
  • How did you feel about this tool? Choose your emoticon.
  • What do you not want to forget about this tool? Notes to self
  • How can this be used in the classroom or in your educational role?
  • Should you use this in the classroom or your educational role?
At the end: How I will know that you are using these tools and that is has made an impact.

Set up established times to meet online to answer questions:
  • Tapped In - Hold once a week office hours rotate facilitators - Thursdays 7-9pm

Support Files Needed
Desired Outcome
Read the Class Blog hosted on edublogs
Need to have an outside (non-Lotus) email account
Create Your Own Personal Learning Blog -Edublog or Blogger where you introduce yourself, personal info, your professional job, and what you hope to learn from this course. Upload and insert a picture of yourself or something that represents you.
Comment back on the Class Blog with your blog link.
Read the other blogs from the class
Comment on each other's Blogs

Participants will create a blog and expand their "Personal Learning Networks."
Set up a Reader - Netvibes, PageFlakes, Google Reader
Make sure your blog has RSS
Subscribe to each other's blogs
Choose blogs from outside the class (give a suggested list of blogs to check out)
Continue to comment on the class blog, each other's blogs and on other blogs
Notice how other people set up their blogs and what add-ins they have
What do you see on other people's blogs that you want to add to yours?
Complete Reflections on Your Own Learning Blog.
What blogs do you recommend for others?
How could RSS help you keep up with your students' or co-workers?
RSS aggregator video.
Give organizational tools to teachers to manage new information.
Find podcasts and subscribe to them - Carrolton Farmer's Branch, RMS
Share podcasts with others
Why not create a SHORT podcast and have them post it on their blog?
Continue to comment on the class blog, each other's blogs and on other blogs
Complete Reflections on Your Own Learning Blog.
Intro to Podcasts
Participants would be exposed to created podcats but nto expected to create their own at this point.
Examples to look at: Classroom 2.0, TeachWiki, RRISD examples, others?
Start a Wiki - wikispaces, pbwiki, etc. - free for educators
Share your wiki page with the class
Suggestions for topics: Class Lesson, Teaching Ideas, Communication, collaboration, staff development, team wiki page, department wiki page, Campus Improvement Plans, Staff Meetings, Ihave/I need space.
Edit someone else's wiki
Subscribe to the wikis through your reader
Continue to comment on the class blog, each other's blogs and on other blogs
Complete Reflections on Your Own Learning Blog.

Participants explore a collaborative creative space.
Pictures: Have an account to share and upload files - Fotki, Flickr, Snapfish, and PhotoBucket
Add pictures to your blog and to your wiki
Video: Explore TeacherTube and YouTube, Google Video - embed video on blog and wiki
Music: Music -, pod safe music
Continue to comment on the class blog, each other's blogs and on other blogs
Complete Reflections on Your Own Learning Blog.

Participants learn to house media online and to find resources for their classrooms.
Tool of Choice and Reflections
Choose a tool not covered in previous weeks.
Google Docs, Google Earth, Remember the Milk, Delicious, Zoho,,, ning,, flickrvision,
Continue to comment on the class blog, each other's blogs and on other blogs
Complete Reflections on Your Own Learning Blog.
suggestions for online class v201

Participants will be able to explore tools not previously covered
Happens 2-3 weeks later. Relections and updates

wrap up the course with reflections on how this has impacted their teaching and ponder how to continue the PLN after the course concludes.
Develop rotation of who comments where.
Develop rubric of comments.
Develop rubric for each's weeks activities.
Did I complete my reflection.

How could you extend this idea?
Did you also think of?
Tell me more about...

Comments should be to the benefit of the writer and to extend for other readers

General Implementation Questions:
Time Frame: June-July or July-August?
J-J (just because it seems less busy, but I don't care that much)

Host Site: Should we use edublogs?
Or crash mine or Greg's serve for home base blog?
- somewhere people can reference in the future.

for future ref

Edublogs makes the most sense

Edublogs I guess, I prefer blogger, but I fold to yall.
What do we do about those that go on vacation?
One week's make-up time?




eCampus Questions:

How much credit?
I was thinking a full 2 days of credit (14 hours)

I just want it to be at least 14 hours for those trying to get comp time.
14 or 18 (3hrx6)- at least 14!

14 sounds good.

They will spend lots of time doing this. I was thinking 2 or 3 days. I fold, to two!
Is attendance given on a week by week
competition of each task?

Giving week by week allows to make adjustments for partial credit instead of all of nothing
How do other
mult hr courses do it? If week by week have to have a /6 for hours

upon completion makes sense, it gives us an opportunity to provide feedback while we're taking attendance.

at the completion of the course you get 2 days credit. 16 hours.

Ideas for Topics: