Chapter 8: Systemic Issues
This chapter focuses on ways teachers can implement Web 2.0 tools in the curriculum. It specifically focuses on ways to create opportunities for various sub-groups of students within our learning communities. The chapter offered several ideas for integrating technology into all demographics of the school population.

1. Ways ELL learners benefit from web 2.0 technology
  • Creating classroom Blogs, ELL students can make language usage meaningful.
    1. Blog as a tutor – teacher posts giving student opportunities to read and practice reading vocabulary in context.
    2. Student created blogs –ELL students practice writing and reading in English in a nonthreatening social environment.
    3. Class blogs – support discussion or identify questions or concerns.
  • Podcasting –
    1. Using interactive listening mazes where students decide what happens next in a story helps model pronunciation, review vocabulary or learn short phrases in a fun way.
    2. Coursecasting – secure sites allow students to listen to lectures from instructors
    3. Making audio files for materials from class accessible allows students to listen when they want, as many times as desired and puts students in control of learning.

  • Creating electronic portfolios on personal websites as a non-threatening alternate evaluation to standardized tests.

  • Through meaningful engagement with language through implementation of listening centers, video and computer stations, partner games and group work providenatural differentiation, increased vocabulary acquisition and improved pronunciation (Collier, 1997;Peregoy & Boyle, 2005).

2. Ways students with special needs benefit from web 2.0 technology
  • Can access podcasts, videos and resources when they would like to fit their needs.
  • Students who need many and varied repetitions benefit from the many web 2.0 resources.
  • Making audio files for materials from class accessible allows students to listen when they want as many times as desired puts students in control of learning.
  • Parents and older students can communicate with others on Special Education blogs.
  • Parents, teachers and students can learn more about specific accommodations through blogs and wikis.

3. Ways to promote digital equity for all students

  • One Laptop per Child
  • Schools using open-source software, so all students with computers have access to tools at home
  • Allowing technology to be available before and after school for students that don’t have access at home

4. Authentic assessment using technology to increase motivation and student collaboration
  • Teachers can use formative, ongoing assessment to monitor progress throughout a unit to focus on the process of learning and/or use authentic summative evaluations at the end of the unit.
    o Podcasts & Video casts
    o Video conferencing
    o Blogs & wikis
    o e-portfolios
    o Digital storytelling