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Moving Beyond the Tools: How Do We Implement Them?

My name is Beth Still and my blog is Nebraska Change Agent.This particular post is a guest post on Wes Fryer's blog, Speed of Creativity. Basically what I am hoping to do is create a resource that can serve as a resource for people who have knowledge of blogs, wikis, podcasting, digital story making, and other web tools, but who need ideas for how to implement this tools in their classrooms. Please feel free to add examples and a description of the lesson.




The number one complaint I heard about sessions during ISTE is that there were too many sessions which focused on the tools, but not nearly enough that discussed how to actually implement the tools into the
classroom. There is a large segment of educators who are familiar with web tools and have even tested them out with their students, but they are ready to move to the next level which is figuring out how to use
these tools effectively to improve communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in their classrooms.


I created a wiki that I have named Web Tools in Action. As a community of educators we need to build it together. If all of us take a few minutes to add something or ask some of our colleagues to share their projects, we are going to have one heck of a great crowd-sourced resource at our fingertips. The idea is to add links to
projects that exist all over the web and write up a short description of them so others can see what it means when we say things like we use blogs and wikis in our classroom. Many of us have our students do things
like take digital picture of create podcasts, but where do teachers begin who want to do this? While this wiki is supposed to be about how to implement web tools we cannot help but talk about individual tools
and that is OK! But we all know tools come and go so if you discuss a specific tool you might want to add several other similar tools in case one of them goes away. (Most recent example I can think of is ScreenToaster and for different reasons, Ning.)


If you know of any examples to share that are not yours please contact the teacher to see if they would mind if you shared them. I am looking to fill this wiki with examples from all grade and subject levels. So what are you waiting for! Let’s fill this thing up. And don’t be shy about being the first to edit a page. There are no specific
rules or format when editing. Click here to see an example that I included. As you can see it does not take much time!


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