Podcast – Practitioner Interview of Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom with Brittany Spayd

This week I sat down with a practitioner of Web 2.0 tools in education. I interviewed Brittany Spayd, a 10th grade English teacher at Central Cambria High School. I was very curious when initially speaking with Brittany because she uses several web 2.0 tools for her personal educational planning, however, her students do not use web 2.0 tools as much as she would like in the classroom due to barriers from the school being old. We dive into this issue more in the podcast. Enjoy and please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!


*I used a program called Soundtrack Pro to record and edit this podcast.



7 thoughts on “Podcast – Practitioner Interview of Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom with Brittany Spayd

  1. @Zach

    Great podcast and perspectives from Brittany! It appears as if this is the year of Diigo, as many of us adopted it as a result of a class. I like how this is being used as a launchpad for groups of teachers, tracking progress and eliminating the need to get “up to speed” when tag-teaming a class.

    When teachers were absent in the past, we used to get substitutes, who try as they may, were rarely able to continue with the lesson plan as intended. Diigo, in this case, can help reduce the likelihood of precious class time being turned into a study hall, through easy access to relevant course links and resources.

    The teacher web page is also something that was not around when I was in school, however I feel that it adds a lot of benefit to not only students, but to parent(s)/guardian(s) as well.

    With easy access to a course syllabus, one can easily understand grading, rules, view lessons, materials, and have an open channel to contact the teacher. This sharing of information leads to a shared responsibility in the success of the student, and allows for deficiencies to be identified early on, before they become a problem.

    Also, congratz on the migration to WordPress.com (the limited comment functionality on sites.psu.edu is brutal)!


    • You bring up a good point about substitutes and the advantage Diigo would provide to such a scenario. That would be great if more schools/teachers adopted this practice. The teacher page was also something not around when I was in school. I think this would have proven to be very beneficial back in the day! Thanks for the insights Aaron!


  2. Awesome new site Zach!!! (and podcast too!!! 🙂

    I enjoyed hearing about how Brittany utilizes Diigo to find resources sometimes through a “friend of a friend” and also how she finds it helpful when co-teaching a course.

    It was also interesting to hear about her teacher web page and what it has to offer learners and their families. I really like how she explained having the policies/rules posted so that they’re easily accessible (in advance) if there are questions or concerns. I also think it’s a great way for parents to have insight that’s not always shared by learners themselves. It’s very thoughtful that she updates the website so that vocabulary can be viewed at home (especially if it doesn’t make the physical transition). I could see this assisting learners with technologies at home to gain an awareness of seeking information online if they don’t have it readily available in front of them.


    • Thanks Sam! Moving my site to WordPress.com allows more functionality and more opportunity to engage the non-PSU community! And yes, it was interesting to hear about the teacher web page and how users (parents or kids) can benefit from accessing it from home to prepare for class the following week! Very good stuff.


  3. Zach,

    I loved hearing about how a high school teacher uses Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Many of my friends from college are math teachers and the uses for Web 2.0 are more tied to tutoring, but Literature classes feel more connected to writing and annotating tools, as your discussion with Brittany about Diigo proved. Brittany’s discussion of how parents and students together benefit from her website also opened me to the ways in which communication is just as important on the high school level.


    • Joe, thanks for the comment! It is interesting to high school teachers using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. I also found it interesting the barriers imposed by the school being too old, so the students cannot utilize the tools as much as the teacher would like.


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