Sparking Collaboration and Conversation with Web 2.0 Tools


How do you engage students in discussions and collaborative sense-making?  In this hand-on workshop I will introduce how to use Web 2.0 tools which allows students to contribute and exchange written, verbal, and visual ideas in the classroom. Sample Web 2.0 Tools will include Visual Classrooms, Linoit, Padlet, Rocketbooks, or AnswerGarden.

This workshop is based on InterLACE, an NSF project from the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University to use innovative web-based learning environments to support students in carrying out collaborative inquiry-based lessons. The goal is to use Web 2.0 tools to encourage discussion, debate, self-assessment, reflection, and collective sense making. 

 We will explore various Web 2.0 Tools, learn how to use them by doing several collaborative activities.  We will develop written, visual, and tangible ideas using these tools.  We will have a discussion of pedagogy and how to develop good activities.  Participants will have time to develop an activity using these tools.  


Course Details

Audience Teachers of Grades 6-12, all fields
Level Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor Gary Garber
Date August 6, 2019
Earn  6 PDPs 
Location Weston High School
Global Education Center 

444 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 30 Participants
Prerequisites none

Gary Garber

Gary Garber, InstructorGary Garber is an awardwinning teacher and robotics coach. He has written several robotics coding books and curricula. His robotics teams have won numerous awards in addition to hosting numerous training workshops, demonstrations, tournaments, and camps. As a leader in the New England Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers he has co-chaired several annual meetings. As a teacher leader, he has presented over 100 professional educator workshops, oral presentations, demonstrations, or webinars. As director of the New England Physics Olympics he has encouraged hundreds of students to see that Fiziks is Phun! After 20+ years as a teacher he is looking to move beyond the walls of the classroom and make ever greater contributions to STEAM education.  



This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:  

3-5.DTC.a   Digital Tools  

3-5.DTC.a.1 Type five words-per-minute times grade level (e.g., for Grade 5, type 25 words/minute).  

3-5.DTC.a.2 Navigate between local, networked, or online/cloud environments and transfer files between each (upload/download).  

3-5.DTC.a.3   Use digital tools (local and online) to manipulate and publish multimedia artifacts. 

3-5.DTC.b Collaboration and Communication  

3-5.DTC.b.1 Communicate key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using digital tools and media-rich resources.  

3-5.DTC.b.2 Collaborate through online digital tools under teacher supervision.  

6-8.DTC.a Digital Tools  

6-8.DTC.a.1  Identify and explain the strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities of a variety of digital tools.  

6-8.DTC.a.3 Integrate information from multiple file formats into a single artifact.  

6-8.DTC.a.4 Individually and collaboratively, use advanced tools to design and create online content (e.g., digital portfolio, multimedia, blog, webpage).  

6-8.DTC.a.5   Individually and collaboratively, develop and conduct an online survey.  

6-8.DTC.b Collaboration and Communication  

6-8.DTC.b.1   Communicate and publish key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using a variety of digital tools and media-rich resources.  

6-8.DTC.b.2   Collaborate synchronously and asynchronously through online digital tools.  

6-8.DTC.b.3   Demonstrate ability to communicate appropriately through various online tools (e.g., e- mail, social media, texting, blog comments).  

9-12.DTC.a Digital Tools  

9-12.DTC.a.1 Use digital tools to design and develop a significant digital artifact (e.g., multipage website, online portfolio, simulation).  

9-12.DTC.a.2 Select digital tools or resources based on their efficiency and effectiveness to use for a project or assignment, and justify the selection.  

9-12.DTC.b Collaboration and Communication  

9-12.DTC.b.1 Communicate and publish key ideas and details to a variety of audiences using digital tools and media-rich resources.  

9-12.DTC.b.2 Collaborate on a substantial project with outside experts or others through online digital tools (e.g., science fair project, community service project, capstone project).  

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Sparking Collaboration and Conversation with Web 2.0 Tools 
August 6, 2019
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Weston High School
Global Education Center 

444 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA

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