Another exciting eTwinning Learning Event is about to start. Tomorrow on the 30th of January 2013 the first Learning Event of the year will commence in the eTwinning Learning Lab – and its title says it all: “Web 2.0 Tools in eTwinning”. Led by expert Robert Conings, teacher of Computer Science for 25 years now, coming from Belgium, an eTwinning ambassador for a few months now, this 2-week online course promises a useful and at the same time entertaining journey through – and with – numerous Web 2.0 tools in an educational setting in general, and within eTwinning projects in particular.
Today’s students are different from the students who graduated let’s say 10 years ago. These students are the ‘digital natives’ futurist Marc Prensky envisioned more than a decade ago – they have grown up with technology, that is technology is an intrinsic part of their lives. So they expect technology to be used at school as well. By doing this we teachers ‘speak their native language’, and by using Web 2.0 tools in instruction and when doing projects we become part of the texture of their daily lives.
The tasks in this Learning Event address these students’ teachers, aiming at providing them with the right tool at the right time for the right activity It is a course for beginners, but even advanced users will be glad to discover a tip or two.
I joyfully participated in the designing of a section of this Learning Event – the part on Glogster EDU.
This Web 2.0 platform allows its users to easily upload photos, videos, audio, text, graphics and create online interactive posters for use in several key subjects including Maths, Science, History, Languages, Technology, Art, Photography, Music and more. Moreover, Glogster EDU can be turned into a virtual classroom where the teacher creates an account and registers students and/or projects, and assigns tasks for the class to work on. The teachers in the Learning Event “Web 2.0 Tools in eTwinning” will take the role of students and work collaboratively – but I do not intend to give too much away! I will enthusiastically moderate the Glogster EDU Forum of the eTwinning Event starting the 8th of February.
Welcome to all participants, and I hope we will have a fruitful course! Thank you, Robert, and the best of luck!