Welcome to "Knowledge-Innovation" a professional development wiki for teachers learning about classroom technology, web 2.0 tools, and 21st Century Literacy.

Today’s students are very different and require different tools for learning. High school students grew up with technology and the Internet all around them. Listen to a clip about how students use the Internet for learning.

New technologies emerged as they moved through the grades. Today, using texting and chat groups as their main means of communication, students are well aware of the ways technology and the Internet can help them be successful in their learning and in their daily life. Middle schoolers listen to music generated from the iPods or MP3 players they wear everywhere they go. They talk or text on their cell phones, everywhere they go. Elementary students know how to search for their favorite game on the Internet and make movies with their friends. Many emulate the middle school students with music playing in their earpieces.

Over the last few years, the Internet has evolved dramatically. Look at the more than 500 applications new applications on Gotoweb20.com. These applications enable students to view, collect, manipulate and publish information easily for everyone to read and to use. Current Internet features include various applications for two-way communication and collaboration for sharing and reusing subject matter. Delicious and Diigo are two of the more popular sites. As educators of today's students, it is imperative that you know what is available to your students and how to use those web based tools that will engage students in learning. Web 2.0 tools include blogging, wikis, social bookmarking, podcasting, digital imagery, video streaming, and RSS feeds. You can significantly influence the way your students learn by incorporating any of these tools into your instructional methods. This wiki's focus is to act as a meeting place for teachers to share their ideas. One of its goals is to assist in determining which tools fit appropriately into your classroom by connecting with other teachers. It is a repository for collecting treasures discovered on the internet and organized to promote easy searching capabilities.

Samples of tools for educational use include:

Connect to the readings that support web 2.0 tools in education.
Interactive Online Applications