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4 Web 2.0 tools that keep students engaged

Jamie McWilliams, a graduate candidate at Nicholls State University, shares four Web 2.0 programs to enhance the classroom

student-web-programsThe world we live in is evolving at an astounding rate. Smartphones, digital tablets, and computers give us instant access to an unimaginable amount of information.

We are able to communicate and share information with people around the world we wouldn’t have met otherwise. Now this technology is being integrated into our school systems in ways that allow for active engagement across the curriculum. One way to effectively integrate technology with your students is through Web 2.0 tools, internet pages and programs that are interactive unlike the static pages of the past.

Here are some of my favorite Web 2.0 programs you can use with your students to spice up your classroom.

1.  Weebly
This program allows you to create your own websites or blogs easily without having to spend any money. There are many different themes to choose from to get you started. No need to worry anymore about complicated codes. All you have to do is drag elements such as text, images, maps, documents, surveys, or forums onto your desired page before typing or uploading images.

The forum element can be utilized by parents to ask questions without flooding the teacher’s inbox or the teacher can post announcements and reminders about the week’s events. This can be a great way to keep your students and parents engaged, informed, and active outside of the classroom.

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