STEM Resources

Loretta Cooper

Web 2.0 Tools to Support the NETS

What are Web 2.0 classroom Tools?

According to EDC (2010), "Web 2.0, a term we use almost everyday, is actually an ambiguous concept referring to a large and shifting set of technological tools" (p. 2).

  1. Tools that create or support a virtual learning environment.

  2. Tools that support communication and cultivate relationships.

  3. Resources to support teaching and learning.

  4. Tools enabling students to create artifacts representing what they are learning (EDC, 2010).

"Before you attempt to bring these technologies to your students, first be selfish about their use in your own learning practice." - Richardson (2010)

National Education Technology Standards

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and information fluency
  4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology operations and concepts

Go to ISTE Standards Students for more details.

Communication and Collaboration

Web 2.0 Tools that support communication and cultivate relationships;

  • Gives students the ability to question and challenge each other's thinking.

  • Help students work effectively with diverse teams.

  • Students are given the opportunity to exercise compromise when accomplishing a common goal.

  • Encourages students to be responsible for their learning and shared responsibility of groups learning.

  • Develop and articulate ideas about another persons thoughts.

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Creative Thinking

"Creativity, ingenuity, and innovation are the keys to

success in the evolving global economy. To prepare

young people for work and life in the 21st century,

educators must cultivate students' creativity"

( Henderson, 2008).

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Critical Thinking Skills

You can use web 2.0 tools in the classrom to make your student's

thinking " visible".

Mind mapping is a great way to practice critical thinking skills.

Mind Maps can help students -

  • Analyze the different elements of a new or complicated subject

  • Help visualize thinking

  • understanding inter-relationships between different aspects of a situation

  • plan and brainstorm ideas

  • organize and consolidate information

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Think like a computer programmer!

What do Computer Programmers do?

Your job will be to instruct the computer to do things. Programming will help you learn the importance of clarity of expression.

Essential Question

How much of your daily life is spent interacting with computer programs?
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Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn (Edutopia)

Experiencing the growth mindset

  • Ask for Help
  • Confidence Through Failure
  • Keeping it Fun and Real
  • Empathy and Growth

Coding in the Classroom...from being tech consumers to tech producers

The lasting benefits of building these skill sets:
Logical thinking
Problem solving

Can Kindergartners learn to code? Absolutely!

Computer science is a foundational field for all 21st century careers. All students can benefit from studying the basics of computer science, regardless of whether they want to be a doctor, politician, entrepreneur, musician, or astronaut.

Think like an Historian

What do Historian do?

  • A historian is a person who researches, studies and writes about the past, and is regarded as an authority on it.

Historian Careers

Essential Questions?

  • 2nd Grade: How can we know if we weren't there?
  • 4th Grade: What characteristics are unique to a group's identity?

What Web Tools can I use?

Think like a Historian

Think like a Meteorologist

What do Meteorologist do?

  • A meteorologist is a person with specialized education "who uses scientific principles to explain, understand, observe, or forecast the earth's atmospheric phenomena and/or how the atmosphere affects the earth and life on the planet."


Essential Questions?

  • 1st Grade: How do weather conditions affect what I do, what I wear, and where I go?

What Web Tools can I use?

First Grade Weather

Think like a Zoologist

What do Zoologist do?

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.


Essential Questions

How do certain characteristics of animals help them to survive?

What are some animal adaptations?

In what ways do animals affect the quality of life?

What Web Tools can I use?