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Web 2.0 Platforms for Student Communication and Collaboration

Expose your students to the power of collaboration with Web 2.0 platforms for networking. Let your students’ voices be heard round the world with VoiceThread. Using Discovery Education video segments and images, students can comment on what they have learned and add messages to other students’ work. Develop students’ researching, bookmarking and tagging skills with Diigo. Connect with classrooms, professionals and experiences anywhere in the world with Skype. This course empowers educators with the tools for developing these important skills in every student.


  • Teachers
  • Facilitators
  • Instructional Coaches


  • 6 hours

Maximum Participants

  • 25

System Requirements

  • Lab setting with one computer for each participant
  • Internet access
  • Presentation station with computer for presenter
  • OPTIONAL: Microphones


  • None

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explore the concept of how Web 2.0 tools develop team building, collaboration and problem solving skills.
  • Examine some existing Web 2.0 collaborative projects created by teachers and students world wide.
  • Create a VoiceThread using Discovery Education media and explore the networking capabilities of VoiceThread.
  • Create a class account in Diigo.
  • Create a Skype account and explore the potential for connecting with anyone, anywhere in the world has for the classroom.

Sample Agenda

  1. How Collaborating with Web 2.0 builds skills
  2. Intro to Voicethread
  3. Creating a Voicethread
  4. Intro to Diigo
  5. Creating a Diigo account and sharing environment
  6. Intro to Skype
  7. Creating a Skype account
  8. Practice with Skype
  9. Debrief and evaluation

They are always thinking about what are your needs first. It's not about trying to push any agenda on the district at all. It's really about what are the district's needs.

Neva Moga

Instructional Technology Specialist, Milwaukee Public Schools