Exploring Web 2.0 in the classroom and beyond

The aim of this workshop is to demonstrate the importance and relevance of Web 2.0 tools in the twenty-first century classroom as demonstrated by the research of individuals such as Marc J. Rosenberg, Curtis J. Bonk, Danah Boyd, Arthur Jue, Howard Rheingold, Lawrence Lessig and others. These tools can facilitate collaborative projects that can be used to establish and nurture learning communities on local, regional or international scales. There are bridges to be built and barriers to be crossed and these tools allow those milestones to be met in a user friendly and forgiving manner.

This practical workshop has educators in mind and is simply designed to remove the mysteries associated with Web 2.0 technologies. Educators who also wish to take their use of the Internet that one step further from simply being a consumer of information to a publisher of enriched media will benefit from this workshop.

This workshop is designed to share with the participants the possibilities of Web 2.0 tools within education. What are these tools? They include blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, web portals such as Netvibes and micro-blogging tools such as Twitter.

These tools allow their users to create professional looking web sites and spaces for collaboration. Users do not need to possess web-programming abilities or to know lines of code. These tools are empowering. Actual examples of how blogs, wikis, web portals and micro-blogging tools are being used in education across all sectors will be shared with the participants.

Web based tools collage

Web 2.0 tools can be used to support classroom teaching and learning. The same tools can also be used to establish support networks with other educators. In addition to these benefits users can also engage in virtual professional development via the use of these tools.

Participants will be given a practical demonstration of each tool and then provided with a hands-on opportunity to work with the tools and actually begin creating a presence on the web and making their own mark in the world of web 2.0 and online education.

Pompeii and Herculaneum Netvibes Site

Pompeii and Herculaneum Netvibes Site


8 hours

Learning Outcomes for Participants

At the end of the course, participants will be able to develop the skills and techniques required to:

  • Describe different Web 2.0 technologies and the manner in which they can be can be applied in education
  • Review and evaluate education based Web 2.0 sites including blogs and wikis
  • Brainstorm and record how Web 2.0 tools can be used in supporting classroom practice, developing teacher networks and providing virtual professional development
  • Create a micro-bio and avatar for use on education networks
  • Create and establish a blog and associated web site using WordPress, and/or Blogger
  • Create and establish a wiki using PBWorks or Wikispaces
  • Create and begin a Twitter micro-blogging account and establish connections with other educators during the course of the workshop
  • Create and begin a Netvibes web portal site
  • Plan, create and map a curriculum specific lesson plan or unit of work incorporating one or more of the Web 2.0 tools explored during the workshop
  • Integrate teaching strategies and Web 2.0 technologies effectively into a curriculum

Target Audience

  • Teachers (Primary, Secondary and Colleges)
  • Academic Staff (ITE, Polytechnic, University and Training Institutes)
RSS Collage

RSS Collage


  • It is recommended that participants bring a thumb drive or USB Flash drive so that they can take electronic copies of resources provided during the course
  • Finally, participants are advised to consult the relevant resources and links available at the following web site prior to the course http://www.larkin.net.au/


During the course:

  • The workshop will commence with a presentation that sets out the concepts of and the research associated with Web 2.0 tools. Online resources will also be shared with the participants.
  • The presenter will share examples illustrating the manner in which Web 2.0 tools have been deployed by educators, both locally and overseas, to facilitate teaching, learning and enriching community engagement
  • During the hands-on component of the day the instructor will provide brief presentations and instructions relevant to the desired learning outcomes followed by participant use of the applications and tools listed above.
  • The participants will work both individually and in small groups to develop their skills in using the applications referred to in the learning outcomes above.
  • The participants will use the hands-one activities to explore the possibilities afforded by different Web 2.0 tools in creating online publications and establishing connections with others in education
  • Group sharing sessions will be conducted to enable individual participants to share with others how they may deploy Web 2.0 tools in their organisation or classroom setting.
  • Groups will also form to design, plan and write sample units of work or lesson plans that deploy Web 2.0 tools, using the curriculum programming templates provided by the facilitator.
  • Help and feedback will be available through course notes and assistance from the facilitator.