Developing a Framework for How to Find and Select Tools


How often are you handed a "nice" web 2.0 tool to use that is "user friendly" "intuitive" "robust" and "free?" It is common practice within our profession to share the good news when we find free resources that will meet various needs. The only problem is, too often those resources shift from "free" to "paid subscription" OR they disappear altogether. What should you do?

Educators are expected to provide opportunities for students to engage in the process of research and information fluency. We encourage them to a) plan strategies to guide inquiry; b) locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media; c) evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based upon the appropriateness to specific tasks; and d) process data and report results. Are we as educators held to the same standards? When handed the latest and greatest “tool,” do you accept it as being the best for your needs, or do you use the concept as a guide for deeper exploration? Is it possible that a different solution will be better for you?


The goals of this session are 1) To assist the participant in the development of search strategies; 2) To challenge the participant to engage in deeper thought about resources shared with them during workshops and conferences; 3) To provide a Web 2.0 Tools decision making model that may be utilized across all disciplines

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to formulate effective search strings/queries that will in turn populate relevant results. The participant will utilize relevant questions to guide the process of evaluating Web 2.0 tools for personal and professional use.

Essential Question

How do you frame your query to attain the best results as you search for Web 2.0 Resources?
What skills to educators need to be able to identify Web 2.0 tools that best fit a given need?
Why is it important to be able to locate Web 2.0 resources on your own?


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Here are resources for closer examination when you have time. There are SO Many resources listed, it is important to know how to determine which resource is best suited for your needs.. This is also an opportunity for you to practice your reflective skills.