Which of these tools might work best for you and your students?



What are the pros and cons of each tool?



What obstacles might you encounter as you try to integrate these Web 2.0 tools into the classroom?




Pam Berger's excellent list of start-up tips!


STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE STUDENT USE OF MEDIA SHARING TOOLS

  • For the first attempt, place students in small collaborative groups.
  • Remember, when they are first learning the technical aspects of the tool, no matter how easy it is, their focus will be on the tool, not the content. Choose topics that are fun and not too complex.
  • Create an evaluation rubric with the students, so that everyone is aware of all the elements that will be graded--content, technical aspects, creativity, spelling, grammar, etc.
  • Discuss intended audience with the students and how to use the tool's features to effectively target the content.
  • Teach students to respect copyright: to use their own images, one from copyright-free sites, or creative commons sites.
  • If narration is included in the presentation, encourage your students to practice their speaking skills by reading their writing assignments aloud to the class-discuss pacing, pronunciation, enunciation, etc.

Source:
Berger, Pam. "Analyze, Create and Learn with Media Sharing." Information Searcher 18.4. Print.