WEB 2.0: Powering Up with the Latest Teachnology


[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Michael Boll



TwitterDeliciousWordPress, blogging, RSS; these terms may sound familiar, but are you using them to enhance your classroom and learning opportunities as a professional? If the answer to that question is no, maybe, or not as much as I would like, then this course is for you. Come along and join the fun as we explore how to wrap many powerful web 2.0 technologies into a usable and functional system that will support you as an educator. This course will ultimately change how you view technology and enable you to design a website and personal learning network (PLN). Many assignments are packaged into individual modules that build upon each other. Modules become more complex as you proceed, but each previous module prepares you for the next one.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  1. Understand what web 2.0 is/means and how to use it in an educational setting,
  2. Become proficient with social bookmarking, online document collaboration, Twitter, blogging, RSS, personal learning networks (PLN).
  3. Understand how todayʼs students interface with technology and each other.
  4. Understand the conceptual framework behind web 2.0 to help better understand future changes in technology.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



Easy Wordpress Guide is required (it is free) Pick only ONE of the other books.

  • Horton, Anthony. "Easy WP Guide V3.0 (PDF) Archives - Easy WP Guide." Easy WP Guide.
                                                                One of the two below
  • Tapscott, Don. Grown up Digital: How the Net Generation Is Changing Your World                                                             OR
  • Boyd, Danah. It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.

  • Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World
    ISBN# 9780071508636
    by Don Tapscott
    McGraw-Hill Education

    Buy from Amazon
  • It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
    ISBN# 0300199007
    by danah boyd
    Yale University Press

    Buy from Amazon


The required text for Anthony Horton's, . "Easy WP Guide V3.0 (PDF) Archives - Easy WP Guide." Easy WP Guide is free online at Choose one of the two texts below • Tapscott, Don. Grown up Digital: How the Net Generation Is Changing Your World. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. Print. OR • Boyd, Danah. It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.


Michael Boll is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Podcaster and Technology Coach at the International School Bangkok.. Michael enjoys helping educators, parents and students harness the transformative powers of technology. Michael is an enthusiastic instructional designer and presenter. He works to make his courses and presentations information packed, slightly provocative and fun. Michael has a teenage son with profound autism and is keenly interested in the special needs community and its population of diverse learners. This interest led Michael and his wife, Lori Boll, to open an innovative school in Shanghai ( for their son. 


WEB 2.0: Powering Up with the Latest Teachnology

Hortin, Anthony. “Easy WP Guide » An Easy to Follow Guide for Updating Your WordPress Content.” Easy WP Guide RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 July 2013. <>.

“My aim for the Easy WP Guide was to write something that was easy to read and that covered the basics in regards to editing & updating your site content. You’ll find that some topics within the guide are only touched upon lightly. My intent wasn’t to cover setting up your WordPress site or editing theme files, there’s plenty of information on those topics within the WordPress Codex and on the web.

Tapscott, Don. Grown up Digital: How the Net Generation Is Changing Your World. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. Print.

Super book!  Discusses the Net Generation and how they think, behave and their future.  Published in 2008, so is now a bit dated. Still has lots of great information though.

Boyd, Danah. It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

danah boyd (she really does spell her name lower case) provides fantastic insight into how our teens operate today. Well researched and an easy read, I took what I learned to my teenage daughter and was told that I “get it” now!

Sales, Nancy Jo. American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

“Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales’s riveting and explosive American Girls.”