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  • 1. Free & Easy Cool Social Networking Tools for the Classroom Beth & MaryAnn July 10, 2007 Teacher Center of Broome County
  • 2. Agenda:
    • Present a number of free, easy to use tools and their applications for education
    • Demonstrate each example
    • Allow time at the end for practice, experimentation and play
  • 3. What is the Web 2.0?
    • How does it differ?
    • Read / Write web
    • Culture of participation
    • Collaboration is the key
  • 4. Some Web 2.0 Examples:
    • Blogging and vlogging
    • RSS feeds and aggregators
    • Podcasting
    • Wikis
    • VOIP - Skype
    • Social Bookmarking – Calendar sharing
    • Photoblogs - Flickr
    • Folksonomy – “Tagging”
  • 5. What is Social Bookmarking?
    • Real power of Read/Write Web (Richardson)
      • Store and share – collaborative process
    • 10 billion pages of info on Web
      • Becomes more difficult to locate info
      • More types of info available
    • Can retrieve favorites from any computer with Internet access
  • 6. What is a Folksonomy?
    • Tagging
    • New taxonomy – replace librarians??
    • Better than indexing – users make own tags – common language
    • Flexible and dynamic – not static
    • Used with websites, documents, photos, presentations, videos
  • 7. Why Social Bookmarking?
    • Save favorites easily
    • Share with others – either public or private
    • Share others’ bookmarks
    • Locate by topic or user
    • Access to limitless number of links and photos similar to your favorites
    • Sites, books, music, photos, movies
  • 8. Where do I find Social Bookmarks?
    • Furl.net
      • Saves snapshot of page
      • Archives page!
      • Can sort into topic folders
      • Locate other users with common interests
        • Subscribe to other users’ Furl folder!
        • Use RSS or email to subscribe
  • 9. Where can I find Social Bookmarks?
    • Del.ici.ous
      • Saves links, not content
      • Simpler than Furl
      • Tag is most important – comments not searchable
      • Can link to tags – del.icio.us/tag/yourtag
      • No email required to register
  • 10. Where else can I find Social Bookmarks?
    • 43Things.com
    • Jots.com – Furl and Del.icio.us cloned
      • Can set up private groups
    • ScuttlEDU – connection problems
    • BuddyMarks
    • De.lirio.us
    • Shelfari
    • LibraryThing
    • Reader 2
    • Last.fm – music tagging
    • Technorati
    • BlinkList
    • Diigo.
    • Multipost Bookmarklet Tool
  • 11. How do I use Social Bookmarks?
    • Assign readings
    • Track student research
    • Build database with students
    • Share with colleagues
    • Research with other schools
    • Send interesting links through RSS feeds
    • Professional development
  • 12. Social Bookmarking – Further reading
    • Social BookMarking Faceoff – comparison (2006)
    • Education World - Sites to see
  • 13. What is a blog? “ A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.” Wikipedia
  • 14. Why Blog?
    • Staff development
    • Student engagement
    • Audience
    • Comments and feedback
    • Keep families informed
    • Connect with the world
  • 15. Where can I create a blog?
    • Google blogspot
    • Think.com
    • Wordpress
    • Squarespace
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  • 19. How to set up and personalize your blog
  • 20. What is a WiKi A wiki is an online collaboration tool that allows multiple users to edit and view changes quickly.Wiki Wiki means = Quickly in Hawaiian
  • 21. Why Wiki?
      • Collaboration
      • OM Teams
      • Grant Writing
      • Reports
      • Vocabulary
    • Link Lists
    • Literature Circles
    • KWL’s
  • 22. Where can I Wiki?
  • 23. What is a podcast? (i POD broad CAST ) An audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player or computer. The "pod" in podcast was coined from "iPod," the predominant portable, digital music player, and although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music. TechWeb
  • 24. Why Podcast?
    • Audience
    • Review
    • Reports
    • Interviews
    • Homework Help
    • Class make-ups
  • 25. Podcasting Needs
    • Computer
    • Microphone
    • Software – Audacity is free and works well
    • Someplace to put your podcast on the web
  • 26. Why Skype? Connect your classroom with the world
  • 27. What is Photo Sharing?
    • PhotoBlogging
    • Uses tags to sort and share
    • Discuss and comment
    • Send photos to aggregator, Weblog or Webpage
  • 28. Where can Photo Share?
    • Flickr.com
      • Free up to 20MB
      • – 100 images/month
      • Need valid email
      • Can restrict access
      • Easy to upload – w/wo email
      • Add notes to parts of images !
      • Create albums
      • Create slide shows
      • More current than media
  • 29.
    • GeoBloggers – combines Flickr and Google Maps
    • Great Flickr Tools Collection
    • FlickrReplacr Bookmarklet
  • 30. How can I use PhotoSharing?
    • Find images to supplement lessons
    • Annotate historical photos uploaded from other sources
    • Photo “field trips”
    • Writing prompts ( Flicktion )
    • Illustrate digital stories or poetry (“Chicago”, Sandburg)
    • “ Remix” using Paint or photoediting tools
    • Leave annotations blank as test
    • Share field trip and class activity photos with parents
    • Share discussions about photos – subscribe to RSS feed
  • 31. What is RSS?
    • Really Simple Syndication
    • Uses Aggregator to tame avalanche of information
    • Like using Netflix vs going to video store
    • “ subscribe” to feeds from blogs, wikis, podcasts,Flickr,
    • del.icio.us,
    • news sources,
    • stores……
  • 32. Where can I find RSS feeds?
    • Bloglines
    • feedreader
    • GoogleReader
    • NewsGator
    • My Yahoo
  • 33. Can I read more about RSS?
    • AWESOME simple video explaining RSS and how to start!
    • 50+ Ideas for Teachers – with written instructions
  • 34. How can I use RSS in the classroom?
    • Monitor student blogs
    • Monitor news, weather, sports
    • Professional development
    • Website searches
    • Del.icio.us
    • Keep research up-to-the-minute
  • 35. What are some Future Tools on the Web?
    • Personally-tailored news stories delivered instantly – No more news services
    • Personal shopping – Amazon suggests purchases according to prior choices
    • Second Life – virtual interaction
    • Education through interactive gaming?
  • 36. In case you want more….
    • WebWare Top 100 sites
    • Go2Web2.0
    • Slideshare
    • NovemberLearning .
  • 37. Find this presentation…
    • http://bethsedtechinfo.
    • blogspot.com