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Web 2.0. Resources for the Classroom: Selecting a Web 2.0 tool

A guide to help teachers find Web 2.0 tools and resources to use in the classroom

Checklist for selecting the best Web 2.0 tool

The following list of selection criteria was taken from the "WebTools4u2use" website.

Criteria 1: Task

What is it that you want your class to do?

* analyze texts

* author an interactive work

* conduct research and collect data

* create media texts

* take notes/annotate resources

For suggestions on selecting Web 2.0 tools by task visit the "What do you want to do" section of the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki

Criteria 2: Cognitive Level

What level of cognition do you want to address (i.e. "Bloom's Revised Taxonomy")? 

* Remembering

* Understanding

* Applying

* Analyzing

* Evaluating

* Creating

For suggestions on selecting Web 2.0 tools by Bloom's Revised Taxonomy visit the Visual Blooms wiki. Kathy Schrock has also applied Bloom's taxonomy to the Google tools and applications. Click here for the document.

Criteria 3: Learning Preference

Is there a particular learning style that you would like to address?

* Visual

* Auditory

* Reading

* Kinesthetic

For suggestions of selecting Web 2.0 tools by learning preference visit the 100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner site.

Criteria 4: Instructional Strategy

What instructional strategy would you like to use for this web 2.0 exercise? Consider the highly effective instructional strategies identified by Robert Marzano:

* Identifying similarities and differences

* Summarizing and note taking

* Reinforcing effort and providing recognition

* Homework and practice

* Nonlinguistic representations

* Cooperative learning

* Setting objectives and providing feedback

* Generating and testing hypotheses

* Cues, questions, and advance organizers

For suggestions of selecting Web 2.0 by instructional strategy visit the (Web 2.0) & Marzano's (CITW) website.

Criteria 5: Curriculum Standards

What area of the curriculum would you like to address?

* Curriculum standards

* Grade level

* Subject

* Overall and specific expectations

Subject Guide