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Purpose:

The purpose of this website is to provide the staff of Hiland High and Middle School with the knowledge and a stepping stone to begin to utilize more effectively free online resources that could be highly beneficial in our classrooms, Web 2.0 tools.  In a recent survey of our staff, one of the main concerns was that there was not enough opportunities and time to find resources that can aid and support the content that we teach.  This site is here to provide an introduction to several Web 2.0 resources, that can be utilized in the classroom.


What is Web 2.0?:

Web 2.0 can be defined as any number of different websites or web applications that allow the user to create and share information that they have created online.  These sites or applications allow the users to create, share, collaborate, and communicate information.  It is generally easy to utilize Web 2. 0 resources because the user does not need to know anything concerning web design or how to build web pages.  Some popular examples of Web 2.0 resources include, blogs, Facebook, Wikipedia, and YouTube, just to name a few.


Why Use Web 2.0?:

This is the million dollar question.  Why should we spend the time to become comfortable and confident with some of these resources?  Here are a few of the reasons:

a. Students will find this technology fun and engaging.

b. Using these tools continues to build technology skills (and our students use technology very extensively in and out of school anyway).

c. These tools encourage collaboration and teamwork.

d. It fosters communication with our students.

e. Many of these resources are free!

f. These resources can be used anywhere there is an internet connection and in many instances can be used on hand held devices.

g. Using this technology promotes 21st century learning skills. 

h. Allows students to become active participants in their education.


How to Use This Site:

Please click on a Web 2.0 resource link in the left hand column.  Information concerning each resource is provided, including what the resource is, why it can be effective for you as a teacher, and a small tutorial on how to get started with the resource.


Contact Information:

If you have any questions or concerns about Web 2.0 resources or applying them to the content you teach, please feel free to contact me, Chad Hochstetler, by one of the following methods:

        email:  ehlm_chochst@tccsa.net
        phone:  330-893-2626