Instructional Media

Evaluation of Web 2.0 Sites
February 11, 2012, 10:37 am
Filed under: EDIM 514 Internet Tools for Teaching

This week, we were asked to analyze three Web 2.0 sites using a self-created rubric.  Click here to see my rubric.  Since one of my rubric’s categories is Meets Learning Goals, I looked at each site with publishing writing as the learning goal in mind.  I chose this because I am constantly trying to get my Kindergarteners excited and interested in writing.  They are just beginning to write basic words and sentences, so they get very excited to see their work “published”.

1. Glogster

Score: 3 out of 5 happy faces.  No unhappy faces.  I am willing to use this tool and do use it. Kindergarteners do need help uploading videos, sounds, and documents into their accounts though.

2. Virtual Book

Score: 1 out of 5 happy faces.  I am not willing to use this tool.  I was drawn to this tool because it had a template to make an online “book” out of student work that had page turning effects.  This site was too expensive, needs a subscription to be ad free, and was difficult to use even for tutorials.  It would be more suitable for older students.  I will contact the developers to see if they plan to make additional tools that would be more relevant for younger students.

3. little bird tales

Score: 3 out of 5 happy faces.  I am willing to use this tool, but I believe it would need to be a teacher led activity for publishing work to be sure the story has the audio recorded with the images and uploaded in the proper order.

Click here to see how I rated each site by category.

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