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Today, over 3,000 of the Web 2.0 applications and services are available on the Web and many of them have great potentials in teaching and learning. The image link shown below was a presentation I delivered at the 2011 TxDLA 14th Conference in San Antonio two weeks ago. This presentation offers a list of 15 of the best Web 2.0 applications for teachers. These Web 2.0 tools are free and valuable to teachers and students.

http://prezi.com/suoreasmdbh9/15-must-have-web-tools-for-teachers/

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I came across a great presentation “Social Media & Web 2.0 for Learning (2nd Edition)” created by Mr. Zaid Alsagoff.  The presentation provides many essential learning tools and useful resources that teachers can use to facilitate learning and build an effective personal learning environment and network.

 

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The advent of Web 2.0 technologies allows teachers to empower students and create exciting new learning opportunities. Students can use Web 2.0 tools to create, contribute, share, collaborate, connect, and participate in a global learning community. Already, many teachers took advantages of Web 2.0 technologies and implemented them into teaching and learning. However, many researchers have found that perceived usefulness, or the extent to which an individual believes that the use of technology will enhance performance, has a positive influence on behavioral intention.  Thus, studies of teachers’ perceptions and interests are critical because teachers’ perceptions are significant to the implementation of technology innovations in teaching and learning.

Yesterday, I gave a presentation on our recent research study at the 2011 Creating Futures Through Technology Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.  In this presentation, my co-presenter, Patrivan Yuen and I discussed the findings of our study that examined Mississippi teachers’ perceptions, interests, and use of Web 2.0 tools in education.  The population of this study was Mississippi teachers at all levels.  Participants at the MECA and CFTTC conferences in 2010 were invited to participate in the study.  A total of 368 participants completed the questionnaire online.

You can view our Slideshare to learn more about our research study and its findings.  Also, please feel free to provide suggestions and comments.  Thanks.

 

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Respelt is a free online spell checker that helps you spell check your documents, Web pages and even RSS feeds. Like most spelling checker, Respelt will precisely point out your spelling errors in red to draw your attention and give alternate correct suggestions.

Respelt is very easy to use.  You just have to copy and paste the content in the text box and click “Check Spelling” button on the Respelt site.  If you have the URL of the website, blog or RSS feed, enter it in the respective box on the homepage and the tool will highlight your mistakes. If you register for a Respelt account, you can get your own personal dictionary that allows you to teach Respelt about words that it mistakenly qualifies as spelling errors.  Also, you can enter RSS feeds of your sites and Respelt will check your site every day and notify you via email if it finds any spelling errors in your articles.

I think Respelt is a great Web tool for teachers and students.  Furthermore, Respelt is free and it requires no downloads and quickly checks spelling on your Website’s content.

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I just delivered a presentation “What Teachers Think About Web 2.0 Technologies in Education?” at the 16th Annual Sloan Consortium in Orlando, Florida this morning.  The presentation is based on the results of our recent research study on teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in teaching and learning.  We did a pilot study in Taiwan last year and involved students in 2 graduate courses.  This study is an expanded study of our pilot study.  The study examines teachers’ use of Web 2.0 tools in education, assesses their awareness and perceptions of the pedagogical benefits of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning, and investigates their interests and willingness of adopting Web 2.0 tools to support and supplement classroom instruction.  The target population of the study is teachers at all levels in Mississippi.  Specifically, participants at the 2010 Mississippi Educational Computing Association (MECA) Conference as well as the 2010 Creating Futures Through Technology Conference (CFTTC) in Mississippi were invited to participate in the study.  A total of 368 participants completed the questionnaire online in spring 2010.  Below is our presentation highlighting the results of the study.

 

 

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