This year our school has been actively promoting the use of Web 2.0 tools by teachers to facilitate communication with parents and the wider school community.
At the beginning of the school year we offered some training workshops to enable teachers to have hands-on time playing with some of these tools including nings, wikis, blogs, and netvibes. Each grade level group has chosen the suite of tools they wish to use and have been experimenting.
Last week at our staff meeting I introduced the “TIS Web Wonderland” a netvibe portal of links for our school community that I have created. Netvibes is a great web 2.0 tool that is easy to add content to and a breeze for students and teachers to use. I love it. The teachers and students are enjoying it too!
In the Toolbox tab I have placed links to other web 2.0 tools for teachers to explore. Many of the teachers are unfamiliar with most of them. I hope they take the time to play a little with them and see how easy they are to use.
It is a challenge for us to ensure that teachers have the time and willingness to explore, embrace and use new web 2.0 tools in the classroom! I feel fortunate to be working in a school that does not block these tools, but rather encourages their use.
My other current project is the TIS Library Facebook page. We now have over 100 fans and counting! This has enabled us to have our very own facebook page address:
I am using this page to actively promote new books, cool web links and library activities. We’ll see how it goes…