References and Annotated Bibliography


Instructional Tools and Strategies. (2006).
Retrieved July 21, 2007, from Emerson College Web site:

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: The Arts, 2000 .
Retrieved July 20, 2007, from Ontario Ministry of Education Web site:

Web-Based Education Commission. (2000). The power of the internet for learning (29-30).
Washington. Internet Edition.

Annotated Bibliography

Borja, R. (2005, December). 'Blogs' Catching On as Tool for Instruction. Education Week, 25(15), 1,17. Retrieved July 24, 2007, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 955191021).

Borja shares her experiences with blogging as a strong student motivator. Students who are reluctant to participate in class discussions become motivated when their work is posted to the web. The quality of writing also improves when public blogs are used. Borja also provides several cautions and advice for implementing blogs.

Eyerdam, P. (2003). Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in the Visual Arts. Littleton: Libraries Unlimited.

Eyerdam has compiled a list of resource web-sites which can be used by students in conjunction with Web 2.0 tools. These resources have primary sources (for example, paintings which can be viewed at actual size to see texture and detail and biographical and critical information on artists, periods of art and the art of other cultures. The author also includes excellent discussion questions and suggested activities which would be ideal as activities for blogs, wikis and other tools. The only caveat in using this book is that it was published in 2003 and some of the web-sites no longer work.

Hauser, J. (2007, February). Media Specialists Can Learn Web 2.0 Tools to Make Schools More Cool. Computers in Libraries, 27(2), 6-8,47-48. Retrieved July 24, 2007, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1213005681).

Hauser is a media specialist who, based on observation of student excitement over Web 2.0 tools, encourages educators to learn and implement tools in schools. She recommends specific tools and talks about how she trains educators in their use. In addition, she provides several cautions when using the tools.

James, H. (2004, May 21). Instructional Tools and Strategies. Retrieved July 24, 2007, from Kairosnews Web site:

The author shares her personal experience with using a wiki in the classroom. She warns of the pitfalls of considering the new tools as just another way to record information and advises taking into account the practice of the teacher and the ways in which a wiki can be used.

November, A. (2001). Empowering Students with Technology. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

This book talks about the importance of information literacy and how teachers can integrate the internet and other technology into their classrooms. Alan November believes that technology will motivate students and their appropriate use can help develop critical thinking skills. He also believes in collaboration in and outside of the classroom. Mr. November also deals with what goes into a successful experience on the internet.

Richardson, W. (2006, March). The Social Web. Technology & Learning, 26(8), 30,32. Retrieved July 24, 2007, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1016338751).

This article talks about the collaborative benefits of Web 2.0 tools, focusing on social bookmarking and the formation of new folksonomies, user-generated classification systems, to organize and share learning.

Read S., & Fisher D. (2006). Tapping into Students' Motivation: Lessons from Young Adolescents' Blogs. Voices From the Middle, 14(2), 38-46. Retrieved July 24, 2007, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1189983151).

Read and Fisher analyze the reasons that teens are motivated by blogging so that they can apply their findings to the classroom. They ask six teens for their reasons and come to the conclusion that blogging makes students feel socially connected and also feeds their desire to grow through new technology and writing skills. The authors give some good advice on implementing blogs in the classroom.

Rose, D., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age. Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The sub-title for this book is Universal Design for Learning, and the book in fact is a guide on how to differentiate and assess students using technology tools, including new digital media in the classroom. Although this book does not deal specifically with Web 2.0 tools, it talks about differentiating instruction using non-traditional methods and gives advice on how to achieve success.


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