Web 2.0 in the Primary Classroom

Hello pedagoo! My name is Sam Aldred and I am currently half way through a BA Primary Education course at the University of Roehampton.

As part of my ICT specialism led by Miles Berry and Helen Sharpe, I have been set the task of setting up a wiki with my fellow students. The wiki is to act as a catalogue of Web 2.0 tools for use in primary schools. Whilst at first I thought “brilliant, exactly my kind of thing’, I was then shown to the wiki of last year’s students and told we had to add to it – they have already done pretty much every web 2.0 tool I know of!  Despite going to BETT2013, I didn’t see many Web 2.0 stalls! (Perhaps there was so much I missed it but I was there working for 72 hours straight!)

So, the list so far:

PB Works, Google maps/docs/hangout/sketchup, twitter, weebly, sclipo, zondle, simple wiki, audioboo, Ujam, Glogster, Storybird, Primarypad, Flickr, Museum Box, Prezi, voice thread, radiowaves, PlanetFesto, Epals, Pixorial, Photopeach, Bubbl.us, Wallwisher, Little Bird Tales, KidBlog, EduBlogs, SlideShare, Kerpoof, StoryJumper, Titan Pad, Stixy, Storify, Barnaby Bear, Comic Master, Gliffy, TypeWith.me, Tutpup, Wordle, Zoo burst, buildyourwildself, gaggle, communitywalk, a.nnotate, voki, animate IT, Skype, Janet, Blogger, Dualingo, Infogr.am and Wix!

Phew! What a list. I can safely recommend all of them! Unfortunately I can’t link you to our PBWorks wiki as it is yet to be submitted/marked but I’ll talk to my lecturers and hopefully make it public eventually!

Any additions you can think of? Do any of you run any web 2.0 companies you think I should really know about?! Please let me know and I’ll be truly grateful!

9 thoughts on “Web 2.0 in the Primary Classroom

  1. John Johnston

    Hi Sam,
    I certainly do not run a web 2 company. Don’t know you will find many who do on Pedagoo?

    The Wiki sounds like a useful project. Perhaps adding to it does not need more tools but detail of how to use them in teaching and learning or example of how you have used them.
    Or some organisation of the sites, grouping them or linking similar services.
    A coupe of categories that seems to. Be missing from your list are sites that help with aggregation of information, Google Reader, netvibes and the like and sites that collect information, delicious and pinboard for example.
    Here are my Web 2.0 links in pinboard for example:
    Some daring back to 2005 so thee will be a few broken links in there.

    It would be interesting to see the wiki if it is made public. Say hello to Miles for me.

    1. Sam Aldred Post author

      Hi John,

      that sounds like a good idea. I will certainly be adding to other entries about experiences I’ve had using them but course requirements – 3 new web 2.0 posts are a must! I must say I am intrigued by MegaZine3!

      Thanks for your suggestion!

  2. Hugh Smith

    Hi Sam

    An excellent idea. However, try not to re-invent the wheel. Your idea is sound, but think you need access to collections of Web 2.0 tools. Your task and for others is to evaluate these for the Primary Classroom.
    For starters look at the following…… http://www.classroom20.com/

    I shall send links to others when I retrieve these from my own delicious account.

    Power to your elbow.

    Best Wishes

  3. Sam Aldred Post author

    Hi James,

    all of them look great but I particularly like Thinglink – can envisage making my teaching far more interesting/interactive as well as having the children come up with brilliant bios on historical characters. Spicynodes looks like a fresher prezi but I’ll keep experimenting. All in all, great for the wiki!

    Thank you!


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