Work Skills - An introduction to Web 2.0 and the Work Skills Programme

Technology required:
1) Computer and Projector for Teacher.
2) Web enabled device for each student.

Websites:
Contained within this lesson plan and Appendices. Also online at www.efutureproject.eu

Overview:
In this lesson students will receive

  • an introduction to the work programme
  • discover the basics of Web 2.0 technology and discuss how it could benefit their learning and/or employment prospects.
  • be introduced to the online CV creator and begin building their own CVs
  • be introduced to “blogging”; access the class blog and sign up for their own blog space.

Outcomes:

  • Understand the work programme and its aims over the next 12 weeks.
  • Understand what Web 2.0 technology is; how the web has changed since Web 2.0 and what it could mean for them.
  • Have a basic understanding of how Web 2.0 technology is being used.
  • Get hands-on with CV creation and blogging.

Assessment:

  • Contribution to class
  • Contribution to class and/or personal blog (this can be done either through creating a topic or participating in an ongoing conversation thread)
  • Engagement with, and active development of, the online CV.

Individual work

  • Creation of online CV before next class
  • To add one blog entry before next class

Learning Questions

  • What is this programme about?
  • Why are we doing it?
  • What is Web 2.0?
  • What will we get from this programme?

Resources and information for teachers
This lesson should last around two hours. You may want to split the lesson in two and run over separate weeks - depending on how capable, engaged and enthusiastic your students are for the programme.

The lesson, as a whole, should look to capture the students’ imagination and enthuse them with the potential offered not only by the programme itself but also with the methods of teaching and learning being employed (the focus on Web 2.0, technology etc.).

The focus for this introductory lesson(s) will be to get the idea across that this is a “different” experience from the students’ normal schooling and that there is a particular focus on “doing something real” (so we’ll be getting hands-on as often as possible) and “doing something meaningful” (so we’ll be working with students to help them create a meaningful set of resources to use in life after this class - be that in the workplace or in further study).

Lesson body

  • Introduction
  • What is Web 2.0?
  • What is Social Media?
  • How are we using Web 2.0 and Social Media now - and how will we use them in this class?

Use the introduction to this course and whichever of the resources (below) which you find useful to explain the concepts behind this course and the theory and practice of Web 2.0.

Teacher Resources:
What is Web 2.0; from Wikipedia. For excellent reference and further reading material look at the “external resources” section at the foot of the entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0

23 things to do with Web 2.0 from Learning 2.0 http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/

Exploring Web 2.0 (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-VLW7sKHxE

Top 100 Web 2.0 tools for Teaching and Learning http://c4lpt.co.uk/top-100-tools-for-learning-2011

Top 25 Web 2.0 Apps to Improve a Student’s (or Teacher’s) Productivity. Some great tools here, a real education focus http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/top-25-web20-productiv...
TIP: Get your students researching what could be the most useful for them.

50 Web 2.0 Tools Your Students Will Want To Use! This is a great resource; split into categories like “Photo Tools”, “Games” and “Collaborative Tools” it will really stimulate your students’ imaginations https://sites.google.com/a/students.halldale.org/tech-tool-reviews/.

This activity should take up to 45 minutes, but could easily be extended if you want to explore some of the tools or themes of Web 2.0 more thoroughly.

Getting Hands-On
The second part of this lesson should be dedicated to two things;

  • An introduction to Online CVs
  • An introduction to Blogging

Online CV’s will play a major part in this programme - the construction of an online, open and accessible CV will serve two purposes;

  1. It will give students who do drop out of education something to offer potential employers
  2. It may well serve to highlight to some students that, without more experience and qualifications, they do not have a great deal to offer in a highly competitive marketplace.

Blogging is another important part of this programme. Each student should have an individual blog - you may well have a “class blog” to (for all to use and contribute to) but each individual student should become used to contributing to his/her personal Web 2.0 space - and thus engaging with the world of Web 2.0. This will help them in their studies but also, should they drop out of education, in their progression towards and through a career.

The students should now be introduced to either Blogging or CV creation

TIP: Get half your students looking at one and half at the other - then get a spokesperson from each “team” to summarise for the others.

Appendices 1 and 2 at the end of this document show

  • CV Creation Websites
  • Blogging Sites

These give you the basics of the best sites to work on with your students. You can go through each with them - which will help them understand the subject - or you can dive in and get on with it.

TIP: It’s sensible to put a little preparatory work in here - how about setting up your own CV and having a class blog in place with a few comments from yourself already prepared?

Focus...

  • highlight competitive nature of world of work
  • highlight ubiquity of the types of tools and skills they’re using here
  • highlight necessity to get this right!
  • explain that communication skills are paramount in real-world.
  • demonstrate how blogs will be used to show progress in the class and for students and teachers to communicate and feedback to one another.