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Integrating Health 2.0 in Elementary & Middle Schools. Presented by: Monica C. Webb, PhD, MPH, CHES East Carolina University Holly T. Moses, MSHE, CHES University of Florida. Objectives. At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

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Integrating health 2 0 in elementary middle schools

Integrating Health 2.0 in Elementary & Middle Schools

Presented by:

Monica C. Webb, PhD, MPH, CHES

East Carolina University

Holly T. Moses, MSHE, CHES

University of Florida



At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Define Health 2.0 and the Millennial Generation

  • Identify the importance of incorporating health education and technology via innovative and creative activities in all core subject areas

  • List key methods to consider in the application of health 2.0 technologies in health instruction in elementary schools

  • Describe at least 3 health 2.0 techniques and provide examples of their applicability in the elementary classroom.

Millennial generation

Millennial Generation

  • Also known as Generation Y

  • Born between 1977-1993 (Ages 18-34)*

  • More likely to own a laptop than a desktop computer

  • More likely to use smartphones for more than just talking

  • Own more gadgets and use them frequently

  • Quiz: How Millennial Are You?


Change in internet use by age 2000 2010

Change in Internet Use by Age, 2000-2010


What is web 2 0

What is Web 2.0?

  • Enhanced version of world wide web

  • Includes social interaction media such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, RSS feeds, image sharing, social networking, video sharing, etc

  • Mass communication tools

  • Emphasizes the humanistic qualities to information sharing on the web

  • Users can interact or collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community

Defining health 2 0

Defining Health 2.0

  • “The use of a specific set of (Web 2.0) tools by actors in health care including doctors, patients, and scientists, using principles of open source and generation of content by users, and the power of networks in order to personalize health care, collaborate, and promote health education.”

Hughes B, Joshi I, Wareham J. Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: Tensions and Controversies in the Field, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10(3): e23

Why integrate web 2 0

Why Integrate Web 2.0

  • Exciting opportunity to reach students

    • Motivating

    • Current

    • Apply new skills

  • Low or no cost with current resources (computer with internet access)

  • Ease of integration

  • Target specific student needs

  • Increases/Improves access

    • Reach the masses

    • 24/7 access

    • Assists with the promotion of health

Key considerations

Key Considerations

  • Access to technology

  • Developmentally appropriate

  • Meets student learning styles

  • Appropriateness of Web 2.0 tool

  • Cybersecurity-

  • Policies for internet use

Rss feeds

RSS Feeds

  • RSS = Real Simple Syndication

    • News, articles, blogs, podcasts, etc.

  • Aggregator – feed reader for organizing and managing a collection of feeds

    • Google Reader

    • Can be notified instantly of breaking news

    • Everything in one place

Rss feeds in the classroom

RSS Feeds in the Classroom

  • Stimulate interest in a health topic

  • Evaluate health information

  • Compare perspectives on health issues

    • Global health views

  • Daily health news

  • Create RSS feed for daily class discussion



  • 140 characters (including spaces)

  • Important terms:

    • Tweet: an individual post

    • RT (retweet): re-telling someone else's tweet

    • @username: open message to specific person

    • Message: directly message a follower (private)

    • #Hashtag: Used to group and track discussions; tags the post

Twitter in the classroom

Twitter in the Classroom

  • Create a class twitter page

  • Students tweet health-related messages

  • Follow health organizations’ tweets

  • Tweet about a useful web resource, a particular blog post, video, website, book, product or service

  • Provide a daily tip, such as word of the day, book of the day, random trivia, or useful facts

  • Start a Twitter book club and tweet your reactions to a health-themed book

Youtube in the classroom

YouTube in the Classroom

  • Spark discussion

  • Record student work to share following semesters, years

  • Let your students pursue a health subject

    • Skits

    • Public service announcements

  • Use playlists to offer a pre-selected list of videos

  • Provide review videos of lectures for students who need further help or to aid in the preparation of exams


Youtube alternatives

YouTube Alternatives

  • School tube:

  • Teacher tube:

  • Vimeo:

Blogging in the classroom

Blogging in the Classroom

  • Individual student blogs

  • Class blog(s)

  • Great way to stimulate discussion

    • Alternative mode for student feedback

  • Can integrate other 2.0 technology (twitter, YouTube, RSS feeds)

  • Enhances parental involvement

    • Invitation for parental feedback

Wiki vs blog

Wiki vs Blog


  • Collaborative website edited by anyone with access

  • Articles and content continuously replaced with updated material

  • Grows rapidly, very fluid


  • Individual’s website in form of an online journal

  • New entries appear in the sequence they are written

  • Posts become stale over time

Web 2 0 integration examples

Web 2.0 Integration Examples

  • Math (Elementary)

    • Daily blog to report the nutritional contents of school lunches

    • Calculate the percent daily values for key nutrients

  • Science (Elementary)

    • Effects of various beverages on teeth.

    • Students select two beverages of choice; immerse an egg in an 8oz cup of the chosen beverages; students report daily changes to the egg using a class wiki.

Web 2 0 integration examples1

Web 2.0 Integration Examples

  • Social Studies (Middle)

    • RSS news feeds to compare/contrast environmental health issues on the US and other countries

  • Language Arts (Middle)

    • Students will create a poem to combat bullying

    • Using music, the students will perform the poem

    • Poems will be posted on YouTube as a PSA

Your turn

Your Turn!

  • Break into groups of 3

  • Select a core subject

  • Develop an activity that incorporates a health topic (of choice), a Web 2.0 tool, and a core subject

  • Be sure to think about the key considerations for using Web 2.0 tools

Keep t he discussion alive

Keep the Discussion Alive…

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Contact us

Contact Us

Monica C. Webb


Holly T. Moses


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