Activity 12.3 – Option a: Evaluating Web 2.0 Tools
Criteria 1: Access
I think it is extremely important to make sure that the Web 2.0 tool is very easily accessible for everyone in my classroom. I want my students to be able to do their required work freely without to worry about if they will have proper access either at home or school. It is important that the program I choose is accessible by both Windows and Mac users, and that it will still be around for quite a while. This way I won’t have to choose something else half way through the school year.
Criteria 2: Usability
I would say that this is probably one of the most important criteria to consider, since without actually being able to use the Web 2.0 tool it is really pointless. Before using this tool, I would ensure that it is fairly easy to use, this way the students can actually concentrate on the assignment at hand versus how to actually use the Web 2.0 tool.
Criteria 3: Privacy & Intellectual Property
This is also a very important factor, since the teacher and of course all the students need to be protected as much as possible. This will allow me to ensure that my students’ personal data is secure and people cannot just take advantage of them. Overall, it is important to use this criteria and ask the important question to warrant complete protection for me and my students.
Criteria 4: Workload & Time Management
I think it is of up most importance to introduce my students to a Web 2.0 tool where they will not be completely overwhelmed by the workload that the tool offers. I want to make sure it is a tool which guarantees better production and ease of time management. I think it is also essential that he tool should make it easy for me to track my student’s work, which will make grading easier. This criteria will help me establish these things.
Criteria 5: Fun Factor
Last but certainly not least, I want my students to be excited about their school work/homework and the way they will do their work. I want to ensure that the tool I choose allows my students to be as creative as possible and still full-fill the ultimate goal. I want my students to be able use different types of interaction and also be able to work together and share their work with ease.