Forces and Motion in CAPS

(3 hours) Facilitated Online


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Workshop 3

Implementing Web 2.0 Strategies in the Classroom

Learn about how Web 2.0 strategies can be used in your classroom, and identify strategies that you would like to use in your lesson.
Take a moment to listen to the Workshop 3 Introduction to learn more about what you can expect in this workshop.

Workshop 3 Introduction - click on the play button to begin:

Downloadable version of this Checklist:
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Checklist for this Workshop:

3.1a --The Web 2.0 World - Watch videos about the World Wide Web and Web 2.0.

3.1b -- Learn the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Complete Matching game.
3.1c -- Read the ISTE article:
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by Daniel Light
3.1d -- Post reflection about the Web 2.0 World to the Discussion forum of this wikipage.

3.2a -- Learn more about digital media in education.
3.2b -- Reflect on the question: What types of digital media will you want to use?

3.3a -- Learn how to embed video onto a Wiki page.
3.3b -- Embed a science video onto your individual Teacher Wiki page.

In this Workshop you will gain the following objectives:
Content Objectives
  • Explore the variety of Web 2.0 options
  • Learn about digital media
  • Discover science videos on the Web.
Tech Objectives
  • Use digital media
  • Use a step-by-step multimedia tutorial
  • Embed video.

PART 1: The Web 2.0 World

What is the World Wide Web?
How comfortable are you with using the internet? Do you know how it works?
The following video,
World Wide Web in Plain English, explains what the internet is and how it works.
The video is short and interesting and you will probably learn something even if you are already comfortable with the World Wide Web.

What is Web 2.0?

Watch this video for a brief explanation of what is meant by Web 2.0:

How is Web 2.0 different from Web 1.0?

Web 1.0 allowed users to retrieve information from the internet. The information on the screen was static and there was no interaction between the web page and the user. Many web sites are still using Web 1.0. These sites include sites that hold information that does not change frequently. A web programmer will update the page as necessary, perhaps a few times per year.

Web 2.0 is different. These applications have become an integral part of our web experience and allow us to share information, collaborate, and interact with others. A few examples of Web 2.0 applications include:
  • Social Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Video Sharing sites like YouTube and TeacherTube
  • File sharing sites like GoogleDocs

Web 1.0 to Web 2.0
Here's a comparison of how work has changed from the world of Web 1.0 to that of Web 2.0.
  • You may drag and drop words from Web 1.0 to the matching Web 2.0 change.
  • You may use the drop down arrows to make a selection.
  • After making your matches click on submit.
  • Complete the reading link below and answer the Discussion question(s).

Want the answers to the quiz? Click here.


Read the following article about Web 2.0..
After you read the article, you will answer the discussion question below.

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    by Daniel Light. Learning & Leading with Technology, February, 2011.

This article can also be found in our wiki Reading Room.

If you would like to further your understanding of how your students learn, check out Marc Prensky's article Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants



Share in the Discussion Tab (see image on right) for this Workshop page your answer to this question:
Which Web 2.0 change do you believe is the MOST important for educators?
  • Share one example from your experience.
  • Add information or reflections from your reading of the Daniel Light article as well.

PART II:Digital Media in Education

Re-imagining Learning in the 21st Century

The MacArthur' foundation creating the following video to explain their grantmaking aims of determining how digital media is changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. They believe that their answers are critical to education and other social institutions that must meet the needs of this and future generations. As you watch this video, consider
  • The learning environment that you learned in.
  • How learning environments are changing.
  • How learning environments should change in the future.
  • Changes that you might make in your own classroom.

What is Digital Media?

Florida's digital media industry association, Digital Media Alliance Florida, defines digital media as
"the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business for human expression, communication, social interaction and education."[1]

Look at the graphic below to get a sense of the variety of digital media and pathways for teachers to become skilled in using digital media.


How do I become a Digital teacher?
The best advice is to think broadly about your goals for using digital technology for teaching and learning.

There are three major categories that you need to address;
  1. communication
  2. application
  3. learning

The concept map above lays out the areas that are frequently used by digital educators.
For instance, communication has moved beyond email to include blogs, wikis, and Twitter. The heavier connecting lines indicate tools, applications, and training that require more commitment to learn and use successfully.

As you can gather, digital teachers must be able to blog and manage a classroom wiki. Since you are looking at this wiki page, you are already an aspiring digital teacher.

What applications should you commit to using on a regular basis?

A digital teacher should master Word and PowerPoint, but also add Inspiration and Audacity to your repertoire.
  • Inspiration is a rock solid software program used to create concept maps.[2] Inspiration will put you on the road to thinking visually about your content.
  • Podcasting[3] is extremely popular, just ask your students if they own an iPod or MP3 player. You can use Audacity, an open-source (free) software application to record and edit your voice digitally using a computer and microphone. Apple users can use Garage Band.

How do you know you are becoming a better digital teacher?

It's all about mixing skills, record a narration using Audacity or Garage Band, export an MP3 file, upload to a wikispace page, and then blog about it to let other teachers or students know.[4]
As you gain digital teaching confidence you'll notice that you start thinking about integration rather than being content to learn one tool or communication method by itself.

Finally, Digital teachers use the medium of the Web for learning.
As digital media teachers, you are using this wiki to learn, but it's really a gateway to a vast number of resources. The goal of these workshops is to help to make you comfortable in using digital media so that you can bring it to your classroom. The key is not to feel overwhelmed.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
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One organization that promotes and nurtures the development of digital media and Web 2.0 is **ISTE**.
ISTE is responsible for promoting national educational technology standards for students and teachers.[5] and is a useful resource for the digital teacher.

The ultimate goal is to empower our students to create and innovate using digital tools.
In the 21st century, writers blog, engineers create 3-D web movies, photographers digitally edit with Photoshop, and learners create networks of colleagues to share good resources. The list below contains links about many of the digital tools that are available to you.




Which tools do you already use?
Which would you like to learn more about?
What types of digital media will you want to use?

PART III: Putting items on the wiki

Imagine that you are creating a lesson on Evolution and Natural Selection. You have come across a video from Khan Academy called the Introduction to Evolution and Natural Selection. You decide that this video would be the perfect thing for your students to watch, so you decide to add it to your wiki. But how do you add the video?

There are two ways that you can share this video. You can provide the link to the video, or you can embed the video on your page.
But what is the difference between these two methods?

To see the difference between these two methods, click on the images below.

Link Example

Embed Example

Some questions to think about:
  • Which do you prefer embed or link? Why?
  • Do both methods engage in the same way? Explain.
  • Which method do you think your students would prefer?

Why Embed?

Embedding a video allows your students to view a video without leaving your wiki. Some of the advantages to embedding the video rather than just providing a link are that it makes your wiki page more friendlier and more engaging, and students are not distracted by ads or other videos that they may find on YouTube or other video sites.

How to Embed

Now let's work with embedding some digital media onto a Wiki page.

  1. Your first stop is the How To page.
    You can find the page on the left-hand navigation column above the twitter logo..
    Pages listed in this column connect to wiki pages that you will visit often.
    On this page, you will:
    • Learn how to update your wiki member profile using a step-by-step tutorial
    • Watch two wikispaces videos on Files and Images & Embed Widgets
    • Have fun watching the Liquid Audio movie
    • Learn how to change your wiki profile avatar

  2. Choose one of the following videos.
    • Watch it.
    • Then embed the video of your choice onto your personal Teacher Page.
    • Click on your name to open your personal Teacher Page.
    • The instructions on how to embed a video onto a Wiki page are below.

Videos to Embed:

Choose one of the following videos and then follow the instructions on how to embed a video on a wiki below.

  1. GED Physics: Kinetic and potential energy in a roller coaster
  2. Bill Nye the Science Guy Frame of Reference and Laws of Inertia
  3. Bill Nye the Science Guy "Energy"
  4. Bill Nye the Science Guy "Simple Machines"
  5. Roller Coaster Scence - Energy
  6. Roller Coaster Science - Centripetal Force
  7. Khan Academy "Newton's Second Law of Motion"
  8. Khan Academy "Introduction to work and energy"
  9. National Geographics "I Didn't Know That: How Rockets Work"
  10. Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics
  11. Music Video - Kinetic and Potential Energy
  12. Music Video - What is Energy?

How to embed a video in your wiki:

Why embed rather than link a video?
When you embed a video, you actually put a copy of the video onto your wiki page. This makes your page much more interesting than providing a link to the video which students click on and then go to another site. By embedding the video, your students are more likely to stay on task and not wander away and start surfing the web.

How to embed
Here's a sample video we will use as the example of an embed code. It is the first video from the above list, National Geographic's Climate and Weather.

Please note: If you select a YouTube video but are unable to view YouTube videos in your district, try finding the same video on SchoolTube or TeacherTube.

For this example, we will embed the first video from the list above.
You will use the same steps to embed a video from the other sites listed above.
As you are aware, each video is located in a different place on the web.
Thus, the link for each video is different.
Just as the link for each video is different, the embed code for each video is different. It is specific for your video choice.

Videos are embedded using the Widget icon in the wiki edit bar.

The following video will show you the steps that you will take to embed your video on your teacher page.
Below the video, is the written instructions of how to embed a video.

Steps to Embed:

Printable version of these steps.
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  1. Click on your video choice above. This will open a new tab in your browser on the page where your video is located.
    (If you have never used tabs in a browser before, check out the How To page to find out more about tabs).

  2. Copy the Embed code for this video. (For this video, it is located below the video.)
    To copy, click on the box next to the word embed and then right click and select Copy.

  3. Select your original tab which displays this page on the wiki.

  4. Select your individual teacher page by selecting your name on the Teacher Page.

  5. Sign in (if you haven't already)

  6. Select "Edit" from the navigation bar.

  7. Place your cursor under Workshop 3 - Web 2.0 tools - where it says
    <embed your video here>

  8. Now select Widget from the edit tool bar.

  9. Click on Video in the left navigation bar of the Widget pop up screen.


    Embed code using YouTube. Our example will look similar but have the title
    Add your favorite media clips and applications to your wiki in three easy steps

  10. Click on the location of the video - in our example, the video comes from National Geographic. This is not a specified selection on the pop up window, so select Other Video. If you chose a YouTube, for example, you would select YouTube video.

  11. Insert the "Embed" text from the National Geographic page page into the white box on the Widget window.

  12. When the embed code is inserted, click Save.

  13. On your Teacher Page, above the video embed, add a Title or Text to accompany your embedded video widget, to let viewers know what it is, where it came from, and why this video is useful. Adding spaces after the video widget (the light blue box that appears on the page when you have embedded a video but are still in Edit mode) will help you edit the page in the future. If you accidentally delete your video widget, it's ok; just repeat the embed procedure.

  14. "Save" your page.

Now you have a video embedded on your Teacher Page. Congratulations!

When you see an interesting video, we encourage you to add it to your wiki page.
As you can see, it's easy and the more you do it, the easier it will get.

What if you find a video that does not provide embed codes?

Some video sources do not provide embed codes.
If this is the case, you may download (copy) the video to your computer, and then upload and embed videos from your computer to your Wiki page. This is a slightly different process:

  1. Choose "File" from the Edit toolbar, then "Upload File", then click on that file to embed it. If you choose to upload your own file, please make sure to use the naming convention: firstinitiallastname_content_typeof item (i.e., This helps you and us find the item.
  2. Below is an example of a video that does not have an embed code but can be uploaded.
  3. To add to a Wiki page, download the video to your computer and then upload the .mov file with the "File" upload function (the same way you uploaded and added a picture to your Wiki page). Please make sure that you have given this video a name with convention described above before you upload the video.
  4. Example:

Also, the file must be smaller than 100 MB or the Wiki will not upload it.

Embedding other Web 2.0 Applications

Now that you have seen how easy it is to embed a video, we would like to make you aware that you can also embed other Web 2.0 interactive tools like games and presentations. For example, you could embed a Prezi presentation. This is done by selecting "Other" rather than "Video" as the embed tool.



You've completed activities on Web 2.0 and digital media.
At the completion of this Workshop, you will have added one form of digital media to your Teacher Page.

The next workshop, Workshop 4, will be about exploring existing web-based content or rich internet applications (RIA) that are available free through the internet for use in their science classrooms. Teachers access to school based science resources and equipment will also be considered for use in developing student investigation skills.

Wondering how you would use a wiki in your own teaching?

Wiki's are a great tool for encouraging students to collaborate in your classroom AND they are easy and fun to use.

If you like the idea of using a wiki, but are unsure of how to do it, check out the following High School Biology wiki - Miss Bakers Biology Class wiki

If you are an elementary or middle school teacher and are concerned about how to use a wiki with this age group, check out Malden's Ferryway School Wiki

Contact TRITEC Director Bob Simpson through this SLC Wiki if you would like to know more about creating your own classroom Wiki.

QUIZ Answers


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Questions or Problems?

We will be facilitating the discussion.
If you need a more immediate response, or if you have a question about how to use the Wiki and/or technical detail,
please contact:
TRITEC Director Kathy Grace through this SLC Wiki or email at

  1. ^ Definition posted on wikipedia
  2. ^ Grayson H. Walker Teaching Resource Center, What is a concept map?
  3. ^ Extensive Podcasting resource by Wes Fryer
  4. ^ Blog post, Changing Instruction the MIT Ferryway Connection
  5. ^ National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)