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Web 2.0 tools provide an exciting platform for teachers and students; enabling learning to move closer towards linking inside and outside of school literacy. Lee & McLoughlin (2008) suggest that web 2.0 allows students open culture to finding new ways to contribute, communicate, and collaborate, tools that empower them to develop and share ideas (p.4). Lombard & Porto (2010) share that many web 2.0 tools are part of students inside and outside of school lives and benefit lies in integrating these into the teaching and learning process (p.237).

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WordPress https://wordpress.com/learn-more/?v=blog is an easy to use creation tool; used to create blogs, websites and apps. Hew & Cheung (2012) suggest students can easily blog their experiences and thoughts online with the benefit of viewing their process of thinking over time (p.48-49).

In Design and Technology the blog feature of WordPress could be used for a number of purposes; such as a personal journal for reflection and ideas, a way of capturing design inspiration in an e-scrapbook and a professional digital portfolio of work. Lombard & Porto (2010) list effective uses of blogging within the learning environment which includes the creation of learning journals (p.223). Both formal and informal learning can occur via WordPress blogging with student’s ability to access a range of topics and comments onto other blog posts.

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Ning https://www.ning.com/ is a social networking tool to create and build online communities. Lombard & Porto (2010) share that unique features and benefits of Ning include that networks can be created for specific topics, easy connection with other social networking sites along with the ability for memberships and topics to be closely monitored and controlled by schools (p.229).

In Design and Technology the social networking tool can be used to develop classroom communities, support group participation, share and create content and act as a communication tool between students and teachers. Lombard & Porto (2010) share that an additional advantage of a Ning community is the ability to stay in touch with students after they graduate and keep students informed about employment opportunities via the Ning membership groups (p.230).

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Photobucket http://photobucket.com/ is a tool for storing and sharing images. Lombard & Porto (2010) state that Photobucket provides image hosting, video hosting, slideshow creation and photo sharing features (p.232).

Using Photobucket in Design and Technology can support documenting ideas, inspiration and the design journey undertaken by students. Storing and sharing images in Photobucket allows students to have images stored and accessible in an application that does not impact on their phone/device storage allocation. Luckin, Clark, Graber, Logan, Mee & Oliver (2009) state that the use of social networking and file sharing sites is populate amongst students in particularly for sharing photographs (p.100).

References:

Hew, K.F., Cheung, W.S. 2012. Use of Web 2.0 Technologies in K-12 and Higher Education: The Search for Evidence-based Practice, Educational Research Review.

Lee, M. J., & McLoughlin, C. 2008. Harnessing the affordances of Web 2.0 and social software tools: Can we finally make” student-centered” learning a reality?. In World conference on educational multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications.

Lombard, R., & Porto, S. 2010. Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences: Integrated Solutions and Experiences. Chapter 13 Web 2.0 in the classroom.

Luckin, R., Clark, W., Graber, R., Logan, K., Mee, A., & Oliver, M. 2009. Do Web 2.0 tools really open the door to learning? Practices, perceptions and profiles of 11–16‐year‐old students, Learning, Media and Technology.

Ning. (n.d.). Ning Mode Media. Retrieved from: https://www.ning.com/

Photobucket. (n.d.). Photobucket. Retrieved from: http://photobucket.com/

WordPress.com. (n.d.). Create a unique blog. Retrieved from: https://wordpress.com/learn-more/?v=blog

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