Google Maps to the Rescue!

Google Maps LogoWe all know how invaluable Google Maps are in our daily lives, but what about in the classroom? Google Maps has far more potential then just providing directions. Using Google Maps, students can actually map out space-based information. Rather than memorizing facts about locational events and geographic dispersions, map them out! These maps can be collaborated on and shared via social media – maps are a quintessential part of Web 2.0.

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Learning Management Systems: A Look at Edmodo

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are key to setting up a web presence for your classroom. Basically, they consolidate all of your online course materials, assignments, and course outline/objectives into one place. It’s a bonus if students can interact with you and their peers on the LMS by adding content, commenting, and asking questions. Read the rest of this entry »


Networking the Digital Classroom

Web 2.0 Learning Networks

Web 2.0 Learning Networks from Learning on the Job.

In the 21st century classroom students are linked together not only in the material world, but also in the digital world.  They are probably members of a number of social networking sites, connecting them to a large and varied social group.  Teachers are also developing online identities, with accounts on websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Since these online social networks are often used on a daily basis they can be a great platform for learning and sharing ideas.

Students are often discouraged from interacting with social media during class time.  However, if used smartly the networks formed with social media can facilitate learning, both in formal and informal education environments. Read the rest of this entry »