5 tips for starting off in web2.0

I was recently asked to answer the following:-

What are your top five (or more) tips and hints for other teachers wanting to try using some of these technologies with their own classes and in their own schools?

  1. Lurk around online. Read blogs, look for wikis, global projects.  Read what you can, as much as you can, get lost in cyber space and leave comments when and where possible etc
  2. Develop a personal learning network. Find a colleague if possible from your own school to work with, then join mailing lists,  nings eg classroom 2.0, guidetoinnovation  or other social networking sites. Join twitter and follow other teachers. There is no such thing as a dumb question Dont be afraid to ask as there is such a sharing community out there and it is never too late to start. You are not left behind.
  3.  Experiment with blogs or wikis personally and gain confidence, then start with your class.
  4. Use simple web2.0 tools for a start – delicious, wordle, blogs, flickr  etc 
  5. Get involved in  some simple global projects. If you are a primary school teacher, Jen Wagner has some wonderful easy, quick projects that can connect you to so many others or if a secondary teacher try globalprojects.

Do not delay, start 2.0day.

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