• Use Web 2.0 tools in the context of a specific project or learning activity. This will help you get a handle on the tool you want to use and how you want students to engage with the activity.
  • Experiment before using the application with your students.
  • Set maximum privacy settings to keep students secure and prevent your site or application from being spammed.
  • Think twice before "friending" students if using a social network like Facebook. Consider very carefully the public nature of your position if you are using social networking for personal use as well.
  • Discuss what you want to do with your technology coordinator. Many times there are blocking policies in schools to keep school networks and data secure, as well as to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Your technology coordinator can explain why some applications are blocked. If you can clearly articulate why you want to use a particular Web 2.0 tool that is blocked, they may be willing to unblock it for your specific use or help you find an alternative that would not compromise network security.
  • Monitor student submissions to blogs, wikis, and other sites that are part of classroom work.
  • Let parents know you are working with students online.
  • Encourage parental and student awareness of online safety.
  • Do not rely on the filter to block all objectionable material.