eTwinning Projects Through Web 2.0 Communication Tools (2)



In eTwinning projects it is crucial to have a good communication network between teachers and students participating in the project.
We communicate for a range of purposes and in many ways.  
When a user wants to only present or share information and not receive replies, it is one-way communication. For example, a teacher may use Google Sites to create a website of student science projects for a science course to share with students and their parents. Web 2.0 tools, like Google Sites, help teachers present and share information, mostly, in text and pictures, by creating websites.
Podomatic is another Web 2.0 tool that allows presentation and sharing of audio information. Feedly is an RSS tool that curates content based on suggested interest and field areas. These Web 2.0 tools provide oneway communication, where information is provided by the creator, and there is no specific interaction with users.
In two-way communication, a user can share information as well as receive responses from others. There is an interaction that is two-way in this type of communication.
For example, a teacher may use a poll, or a survey that’s embedded in her class presentation, using the Web 2.0 tool poll everywhere. Students in project can respond individually, using their mobile devices like cell phones. The poll can be displayed directly in the presentation so the teacher and the students can view immediate feedback. Other Web 2.0 tools that provide two-way communication are blogger, a blogging tool. And email tools like Yahoo Mail, Gmail or Microsoft Outlook.
When more than two people want to establish communication back and forth, it’s said to be multiple way communication. The communication could be in real time or asynchronous. For example, students communicating on an issue might use an online discussion board like BoardHost or an audioconferencing system on Skype so they can discuss a project at the same time. Some of the other Web 2.0 tools that support multiple people communicating together are Google Hangout and Google Docs. These tools provide interaction between multiple parties that could be synchronous or asynchronous.


 Tool Reviews

1- Remind– Online tool for sending text messages to students, parents and project partners.



2- Google Hangouts– A video chat tool from Google. Accessible across different platforms and devices.

3- Penzu- An online tool for journal writing with simple navigation, a clean layout, and a high level of security.



There are hundreds of Web 2.0 communication tools today, with lots of different features. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to emphasize the need to understand the type and nature of an instructional issue or task, in order to be able to choose a specific tool with just the right features that can help solve the instructional issue you’re having.

eTwinning Projects Through Web 2.0 Tools (1)

What are Web 2.0 Tools ?


How To Evaluate Web 2.0 Web Tools ?


Image based tools

Image sharing sites are designed to facilitate asynchronous public sharing of images. 
Flickr (http://flickr.com) provides a large repository of publically shared photos (and more recently, videos) that people can use or share subject to the Creative Commons Licenses specified by the creators. Instagram (http://instagram.com) also facilitates photo (and video) sharing through individual postings. 
Other sites support sharing of images via open repository, for instance 
Pics4Learning (http://www.pics4learning.com) provides archives of pictures that can be used for education, 
Openclipart (http://openclipart.org) offers general purpose clip-­art, and
Wikimedia Commons(http://commons.wikimedia.org) incorporates images (and videos) that can be reused under Creative Commons licenses.
  
Befunky (http://befunky.com), PicJuice (http://picjuice.com), and DrPic (http://drpic.com) provide simple online photo editing tool with cropping, resizing, colour mixing, directly through a web-­browser. 
Voxopop (http://voxopop.com) provides a voice based discussion forum, which is particularly useful for language classes.
Soundation (http://soundation.com) offers users more sophisticated audio recording and editing functionality including the ability to mix different audio tracks and combine them with a library of free sound effects.





ETwinning European programmes


eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and to be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.
eTwinning promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools.
 eTwinning also offers opportunities for free and continuing online Professional Development for educators.
Launched in 2005 as the main action of the European Commission’s eLearning Programme, eTwinning is co-funded by the Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, since 2014.







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