Web 2.0

1.  Brief Description- what is the site?  What is it supposed to do?

For this I chose GRID. GRID is a spreadsheet program. It can help in organizing, people, places, information, and projects. It works like a spreadsheet and like the name suggests is allows you to put information into an easy to read grid.

2.  What standards (NETS-S or content) could using this site help to achieve?

GRID can help students collaborate on info by allowing all students to put their information into the grid and having it in an easy to read format that other students can easily read. It differs from making a powerpoint as all information can be presented at once. It also has a cool flowing look to it that could help when giving a presentation on whatever information was put in.

3.  Prerequisites- what do you need to know before using the site?

It would be helpful to have at least a minimal background in excel, but it is not necessary. The program itself is pretty easy to use. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computer function could get the hang of using it in a relatively short time. This quality would be extremely helpful for not wasting time in the classroom.

4.  Strengths- good things that the site does

The site puts things in and easy to read grid with a very appealing format. It also allows for collaboration on projects through the use of iPads. Students can even keep track of lists of things that have been done and things that still need to be done.

5.  Limitations-

Students may not like the grid format. It may be too obscure a content for them to put all this info onto one page and collaborate on ideas. The ability to collaborate may also open up the ability to cheat or mess with other students content. Having an open program like this does create that potential drawback.

6.  Best guess on age group/grade level the site is intended for-

This seems like it was meant for an older crowd maybe around freshman level. The program is easy enough to use though kids could begin learning earlier than that going down to about the 6th grade level. It would be helpful to have them learn these things at an earlier age as it would increase their digital literacy and prepare them for much more complicated programs in their future.

1.  Brief Description- what is the site?  What is it supposed to do?

The next site I reviewed was Barc. Barc is just an open chatroom that allows all users of a site to communicate with eachother.

2.  What standards (NETS-S or content) could using this site help to achieve?

Barc contributes to classroom collaboration by allowing students ability to talk to each other and share ideas and thoughts.

3.  Prerequisites- what do you need to know before using the site?

Barc is extremely easy to use. Anyone with basic computing knowledge could use it. It leaves a chatroom open so all that needs to be done is click and type a message.

4.  Strengths- good things that the site does

Barc allows students to communicate very efficiently and share their thoughts easily in a chatroom that anyone on the site can access. It also has a language filter to prevent the use of profanities and other phrases that could be a problem in a chatroom.

5.  Limitations-

I am not sure just how open this chatroom can be. If its open to the entire world there is a chance that unwanted guests could be a problem in these. Kids that are embarrassed of their work or ideas might have a hard time sharing too providing another limitation. And with cyberbullying and the ability to access from different accounts this could make for trouble.

6.  Best guess on age group/grade level the site is intended for-

This is so easy to use that nearly any grade level could pick it up with ease. In order for this program to be as constructive as possible though the best grade level for it is probably 8th grade to freshman year.

1.  Brief Description- what is the site?  What is it supposed to do?

Last site I looked at was Kickresume. Like you would imagine kickresume helps in creating resumes. It helps in making the process much easier by providing people with a template and allowing you to enter the data.

2.  What standards (NETS-S or content) could using this site help to achieve?

This site helps in the practical concept of creating a resume. Preparing students for the professional world and this is becoming more useful as exit interviews in high schools are becoming more popular.

3.  Prerequisites- what do you need to know before using the site?

This is another program made easy, but it would help very much to have a background in Word or in another typing program just to create some ease in entering data. Having a background in Word may also help in knowing what a quality resume looks like.

4.  Strengths- good things that the site does

This site creates excellent templates for presumes and can serve to help students in their professional futures

5.  Limitations-

The only limitation I can think of would be that it makes things too easy and may make it hard for students to create resumes without the use of this program.

6.  Best guess on age group/grade level the site is intended for-

This app is for resumes and the time to start working on those is around the age of 16, so this app is probably meant for those around their sophomore year.

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2 thoughts on “Web 2.0

    1. I reviewed GRID, Barc, and Kickresume. Are the other two links not showing up? Or did we have to review two more after the first three?

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