Instructional Strategies and Tools

Web 2.0 Tools- Engage Students and Increase Online Collaboration

Below are resources related to just a few excellent tools for engaging your students in different ways online, or in the classroom, through freely available Web 2.0 technologies. You may also want to visit our tutorial resource on Web 2.0 tools for more information.

Google Docs logo Google docs is a free web-based tool that allows multiple users to share and edit a common file in real time or asynchronous.  It is an effective tool for facilitating group collaborative projects.  Students can also use Google Plus to meet virtually for group work and/or presentations.  All students need is a Google account. 
Student guide for collaborating and meeting online
Faculty Guide for Google Docs
Faculty Guide- Host Online Meetings with Google Plus Guide
Video Tutorials
Wikispaces logo Wikis are a free collaborative tool that anyone can use.  They are an effective way to have students collaborate in the online environment by creating and editing a common webpage, including adding images and hyperlinks to videos, articles, and websites.
Video Demo (1:49)
Edublogs logo Blogs are an effective tool for increasing student cooperation, reflection, and collaboration in the online environment.  Best of all, they are free!  In the fall 2011 semester, Sara Kohn, a graduate student from Purdue Calumet created the following resources for PNC faculty and students:
Step-by-step guide for FACULTY(PDF)
Step-by-step guide for STUDENTS(PDF)
Prezi logo Prezi is a free online presentation tool that allows you and/or your students to create interactive, animated, and engaging presentations.  They follow a “path” and allow zoom in and out capability.
Video- Getting Started
More Video Tutorials
Second Life logo Second Life is a virtual world that is free to join.  Some of the educational opportunities it provides include: allowing classes to meet in the virtual world and participate in virtual field trips, give live presentations, network with students and professionals from around the world and much more.
Video Tour of SL (7:00)
How could you use it? (Website)