(PD Title No. REA3465E)

Make Every Teen a 21st Century Reader Using Web 2.0 Tools

Proficiency Level: Mastery

Subject(s):Foreign Languages,Language Arts and Reading,Guidance,Health Education,Industrial Education,Interdisciplinary,Leadership Training,Multicultural Education,Music,Parent Education,Psychology,Science,Social Science,Volunteer,Special Education,Technology,Computer Education,Mathematics,Business,Art,Career Tech,Library Media,Basic Training,Physical Education

Grade(s): 9,10,11,12,CC,Other

Hours: 30.00


Description: This six-week course shows secondary teachers how to use Web 2.0 tools to engage students in reading recreational, informational, and functional material.  Participants are exposed to Web 2.0 tools such as interactive curriculum sites, blogs, wikis, and podcasts through a series of readings, activities, and discussion forum posts.

Participants in the course will share their ideas about reading and technology in the discussion forum for each session to give them an opportunity to reflect on the content and tools of teaching reading.  Each tool will be evaluated by the participants; then, participants will choose a tool on which to base a reading lesson plan.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to identify and use Web 2.0 tools for creating reading lesson plans. Teachers will choose one Web 2.0 tool to create a lesson plan to use with their students.


Pre-requisites: This is a course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other interested school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.


Course Goals
To enable teachers to engage secondary students with their required and recreational reading material
To engage secondary teachers with Web 2.0 tools and help them find ways to link the tools to reading tasks

Course Objectives
To understand the aspects of adolescent literacy such as wide access to reading materials, instruction to build reading skills, assessments to reveal both strengths and weaknesses, and communities that support reading.
To explore web 2.0 tools that can be used to enhance reading such as interactive curriculum sites, blogs, wikis, and podcasts.
To apply web 2.0 tools to classroom teaching strategies.

Course Product
To create a lesson plan that uses a web 2.0 tool