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Cool Tools

Web 2.0 tools are transforming our work as educators, as well the way we support students in the classroom. As we bring more technology into the schools, teachers need to then put more technology into the hands of students. But they need to be prepared to do so first.

2.0 tools allow users to do a number of different things online. This could be used to teach curriculum, store data, create/edit video, edit photos, etc. These are usually free and are used by teachers, students, and possibly parents, in and out of the classroom.

The question however, becomes, are teachers prepared to use these tools? How can educators plan to best incorporate Web 2.0 tools effectively in their instructional practice? All of these are important questions that we need to be able to answer, but more importantly so we can continuously strive to be a 21st century educator.

Below are a few great Web 2.0 educational tools that we are currently using in the library. I encourage you to seek out, practice, and learn to incorporate into your work in the classroom. Will it take time to learn? Of course, but the benefits are worth the time.

Your Next Favorite Book

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor