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Web 2.0 tools presentation taylor edux432

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Review of 2 Web 2.0 Tools for EDUX432

Review of 2 Web 2.0 Tools for EDUX432



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    • Web 2.0 Tools
      A Review of Two Web 2.0 Tools: Blogger and Scoop.It
      J Taylor 2011
    • Web 2.0 Tools to support online learning
      Scoop.It – an online curation and ‘social bookmarking’ tool
      Blogger – a ‘content management system’
      Source: McLoughlin, C. and Lee, M. J. W. (2007) – Social software ad participatory learning: Pedagogical choices with technology affordances in the Web 2.0 era. From: Proceedings ASCILITE, Singapore.
    • SCOOP.IT
    • A Little Bit of History
      Scoop.It was launched in November, 2010
      Designed to be an alternative to blogging which can be time-consuming in terms of posting, etc
      Designed to be collaborative and interactive
      Main difference from other Social Media supported communities – you follow topics rather than people as on Facebook and Twitter
      Designed to curate and share information
    • Scoop.It Features
      Topic of the Day
      Advice on effective curation and other helpful hints
      What’s New? – people following your topic (You will find more people whose topics you can follow through this)
      Statistics for your topic – if you’re interested in stats – (A good way to see how well you’re connecting with your community)
      Variety of ways to connect with your Personal Learning Network (PLN) – Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Wordpress, Tumbler and Google + has just been added – this provides more ways to share information within your online learning community and keep track of the latest on your topic of interest
    • Explaining Scoop.It
      The following clip is from the blog section of Scoop.It.com (Click on the ‘iPod’)
    • Why Use Scoop.It?
      Quick and easy to curate your own topics
      An effective way of sharing information in your online learning community
      Access to a wide range of resources through the topics others curate
      Linking to other curators from Scoop.Itthrough Facebook, Twitter, etc. Broadens your PLN and expands your knowledge through community curation and sharing
    • How Easy is Scoop.It to Use?
      Go to http://www.scoop.it/ and click on “Get Invite”
      Within a few days you will have access to the site
      Use the Dashboard to begin curating – instructions are available as you work through this process.
      If you would like to look at my Scoop.It, please click HERE
    • How Does Scoop.It Support an Online Learning Community?
      Sharing information on a particular topic that is the focus of your online learning community
      Being able to access a wider range of research through collaboration with others in your group
      Communicating your ideas and understandings through linking to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Wordpress, etc
      Discussions within the community itself
      Being able to connect with others who have the same learning needs / interests
    • An Example from the Online Scoop.It Community – click on the image
    • An Article: Curating Community by Curating Content – Marjorie Clayman(Found on Scoop.It – of course! Click on the image)
    • Advantages of Using Scoop.It
      One place to curate all the resources you find on the web for your topic of interest
      An online community of learners could use it as a central resource area to share resources and information
      Scoop.Itbookmarklet can be added to your bookmarks – click on it when you find something interesting on the web
      Easy to set up – simple instructions
    • Advantages continued
      Suggests topics for you to ‘Scoop’ – makes finding information easier
      Topic suggestions speeds up the process of research
      Others can suggest resources on your topic and you can suggest resources to them (builds community interaction)
      Suggestions often include a summary so you can check relevancy
      You can create your own summaries for resources you find
      Each topic has a unique RSS feed and URL – easier for people to follow your topic
      A variety of widgets to connect with your blog to widen your community (tools that link the two)
    • Disadvantages of Using Scoop.It
      Still in private beta which means it’s being tested; you need to request an invite
      Time to curate; made easier through using the Scoop.Itbookmarklet on your bookmarking toolbar
      Key words you choose for your topic – you sometimes need to redefine if the suggestions aren’t relevant. This can be frustrating!
      Need to take the time to check recommendations
      Time, in the initial setting-up phase, to explore all the resources available
    • Disadvantages contd
      Multicuration can be set up but it’s fiddly. You would want to be able to have this feature for an online learning community to make the most of sharing resources.
      At the moment the suggestion is to set up a Google account with one password that everyone can use. This is fiddly if someone leaves and passwords need to be changed.
    • Explaining Blogger
    • Why Use Blogger? How Easy is it to Use?
      Easy to set up and start blogging in a few steps
      Ability to link to other blogs and websites by adding gadgets
      Ability to choose your own design
      Web-based and free
      Easy to use help section for troubleshooting
      Can have up to 100 authors
    • How Does Blogger Support an Online Learning Community?
      You can have up to 100 users attached to one blog – great if you want to use this as an online learning community blog
      All members can contribute to the blog and use it as a reflection tool to develop shared knowledge on a particular topic
      It can also become a curation tool through using the sidebars to link to resources to inform teaching and learning practice.
    • Advantages of Using Blogger
      No need to know ‘computer language’ – it’s WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) – just like writing in Word, etc
      Privacy settings can be altered so that only your online community sees the discussion
      Easy to use the design features
      Blogger help and support are well-organised
      Web-based so it won’t ‘crash’
      Owned by Google so it’s always being updated with the latest features
    • Disadvantages of Using Blogger
      You need a Google account – not everyone wants one
      It will sometimes ask for a cellphone number to confirm that you’re human. (This can cause problems when setting up multiple accounts for students as it will only allow the one cellphone number to be used a limited amount of times)
      Blogging can be time consuming and, if you want to build your online learning community, you need to be consistent in your posts to maintain interest and discussion
    • Disadvantages contd
      It can be frustrating if there are few, or no, responses to your posts
      This can mean it is hard to develop a true online learning community where ideas and understandings are created and explored
    • Blogs to support online learning communities
      The blog below – click on the link – was a blog used as part of an assignment for EDUX423 in the first semester of 2011
      It explored what blogs are and how they can be used to foster an online CoP
    • Blogs as Part of an Online Learning Community to Build New Knowledge
      This was a blog set up by 4 Masters students
      Its purpose was to explore the use of blogs to promote personalised, collaborative lifelong learning, interactivity and student-centred learning
      It became our online learning community as we explored our thinking about these purposes and created the knowledge and understandings shared on the blog
    • Blogs in the Classroom
      The blog linked on this page was my previous class’s learning blog
      We used the blog to share and reflect on our learning and to give and receive feedback
      This became our classroom online learning community
    • Ways Our Classroom Blog Supported our Online Learning Community
      Anytime, anywhere recording of ideas, reading of others’, responding to and giving feedback, creating knowledge through discussion and sharing of ideas
      Removal of the ‘timetable’ – students could communicate and share their thinking and post at anytime – they weren’t restricted to ‘school hours’
      Helped them to realise that learning happens all the time and is supported with discussion
    • Why Do We Blog?
      For an insight into the power of blogging as a tool for an online learning community, please click on the following link
      These are the ideas of the Year 5 and 6 students I taught
    • Blogs as a Personal Reflection Tool and as a way to Develop an Online Learning Community
      This is an example of a Blogger blog
      It is a personal learning blog where teaching and learning is reflected on and ideas shared with others
      The online community aspect comes from the discussions with other ‘like minds’
      Through this blog I’ve connected with other educators to participate in other online communities of learners
    • What are your thoughts about these Web 2.0 tools?
      Do they have potential for use in your learning environments?
      Do they have potential in your own professional learning?
      I’m looking forward to discussing these with everyone!