Monday, October 24, 2011
Web 2.0 Tools
There are many different websites that Kathy Schrock's has on her Web 2.0 site. One of them that I found interesting was the link to zohocreator.com. It is a website where a person can make their own application for a smartphone or tablet for free. With classrooms becoming more and more technology driven and based and students having more access to these things on a regular basis if a teacher or even students can build their own applications they will have even more learning skills at their fingertips. Being able to do this aligns with NETS-T standard, 1, 2 and 3 as well as NETS-S 1. NETS-T talks about learning and creativity and with being able to create an application to use in a classroom not only is the teacher being creativity in how they are teaching but it is also allows students to be creative in their learning environment which in turn makes them excited to learn more. In my opinion I think that students want to learn more when they are involved in their own learning. Standard 2 talks about developing learning techniques and this is again something that building an application will do , it can either be a learning toll or something that access how students are doing in a fun and creative way that isn't just taking a test. Standard three again is a way for students and teachers to show that they are able to use technology is a useful way. The standard for students is about creativity and this website allows that and students can be creative on their own or in a group and they are able to show their abilities to everyone no matter how shy they may be in class. It is another way for them to be involved in the classroom without having to get up in front of the class and talking. Use of this website is something that if it is known to be available there would be more use of it since there are so many things that can be done with it.