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Monday, November 19, 2012

Web 2.0 Good Practice Guide



The Web 2.0 Good Practice Guide for the Foreign Language Classroom (Web 2.0 im Fremdsprachenunterricht) comes to you thanks to the inspirational efforts of Jürgen Wagner and Verena Heckmann.

Jürgen is the secretary for e-learning and media education at the State Department of Education and the Media (LPM) in Saarbrücken. He is also a French and English language teacher, author and organizer of online lectures. Verena, is a teacher of Spanish and French at high school and a consultant for IT in education at the Ministry of Education and Culture in the Saarland. She is also an author and edublogger.

Jürgen's rationalle for the guide still rings true for many educators:
From our teacher training sessions we have noticed, again and again, that a large number of the teaching community are not yet familiar with the web 2.0 concept.

This guide, containing 35 articles, is the culmination of a great collaborative venture involving elearning specialists from around Europe. The content is mainly in German but the guide also contains articles written in French, English and Spanish.

Web 2.0 im Fremdsprachenunterricht provides a wealth of ideas and practical suggestions on how to use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Even though it is primarily aimed at foreign language teaching much of the advice given would be equally useful in any subject area.

Practical ideas regarding mobile learning, collaboration, podcasting, blogging, microblogging, mashups, wikis, cloud computing, using videos and digital storytelling are all included.

Tools such as Moodle, Glogster, Voicethread, Printerest, Popplet, Quora, Googlefight and Google Maps receive specific attendtion.

My reviews of
  • 'Podcasting on the go....' by Simon Ensor,
  • 'Using Web 2.0 as a Source for Material' by Andrew Pickles,
  • 'Digital Storytelling' by Renke Samusch, Dominik Baumecker, Moritz Zockler 
will follow shortly.......

This guide provides a great read for those unfamiliar with Web 2.0. Educators can dip into various areas of interest, at their own pace, and discover just how others are making great use of Web 2.0 tools. A book that everyone can go back to again and again!!

I would agree with Jürgen's sentiments:
Our book closes a gap for sure! Teachers no longer have an excuse for not using the potential of web 2.0 in their classrooms.

You can buy a copy of the book online directly from the publisher (Verlag Werner Hülsbusch)
or
if you have any queries email Verlag Werner Hülsbusch at vertrieb@vwh-verlag.de
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The release of 'Web 2.0 im Fremdsprachenunterricht' is accompanied by a series of free webinars where the authors will present and discuss their articles.

Information about these online meetings, which will be held in the presenter's mother tongue, can be found at Fremdsprachenunterricht 2.0

You can register for any of the webinars at Fortbildung Online. Recordings of the webinars will also be published on the LPM's website.
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