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STETS Social Networking Workshop

  1. 1. Free & Easy: Cool Social Networking Tools for the Classroom MaryAnn Karre (with thanks to Beth Sullivan) October , 2007 STETS Conference, Owego Apalachin Middle School
  2. 2. Goals: <ul><li>Present a number of free, easy to use tools and their applications for education </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate each example </li></ul><ul><li>Outline educational uses </li></ul><ul><li>Get it done in one hour </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid overwhelming </li></ul><ul><li>Show you where to go for more! </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the Web 2.0? <ul><li>Not the same old WWW </li></ul><ul><li>Read / Write web </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of participation </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration the key </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why bother? <ul><li>Not the same old safe old </li></ul><ul><li>“ But everybody is doing it!” </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to the world </li></ul><ul><li>Bring some excitement to the class!! </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability to new audience </li></ul>
  5. 5. Precautions <ul><li>Firewalls </li></ul><ul><li>Walled areas </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Choose tools wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Teach Netiquette </li></ul><ul><li>And safety </li></ul>
  6. 6. Some Web 2.0 Examples: <ul><li>Blogging and vlogging </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds and aggregators </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>VOIP - Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking – favorites sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Photoblogs - Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Folksonomy – “Tagging” </li></ul><ul><li>… ..new ones every day!! </li></ul>Pay Attention video on YouTube
  7. 7. Start with Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Real power of Read/Write Web (Will Richardson) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Store and share – collaborative process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10 billion pages of info on Web – or more?? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Becomes more difficult to locate info </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More types of info available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can retrieve favorites from any computer with Internet access </li></ul>
  8. 8. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Save favorites easily </li></ul><ul><li>Share with others – either public or private </li></ul><ul><li>Share others’ bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Locate by topic or user </li></ul><ul><li>Access limitless number of links, videos books, photos similar to your favorites </li></ul><ul><li>Can share sites, books, music, photos, movies – more! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bookmarking depends on Folksonomy <ul><li>Otherwise know as “Tagging” </li></ul><ul><li>New taxonomy – replace librarians?? </li></ul><ul><li>Better than indexing – users make own tags – common language </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible and dynamic – not static </li></ul><ul><li>Used with websites, documents, photos, presentations, videos – anything searchable! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Where do I find Social Bookmarks? <ul><li>Furl.net </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves snapshot of page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archives page! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can sort into topic folders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate other users with common interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to other users’ Furl folder! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use RSS or email to subscribe </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Where can I find Social Bookmarks? <ul><li>Del.ici.ous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves links, not content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simpler than Furl </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tag is most important – comments not searchable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can link to tags – del.icio.us/tag/yourtag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No email required to register </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Want more? <ul><li>43Things.com – what do you want to do with your life? </li></ul><ul><li>Buddy Marks – store and share bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>De.lirio.us – like Del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>Digg – news and videos </li></ul><ul><li>Shelfari – share books </li></ul><ul><li>LibraryThing – catalog your books and share </li></ul><ul><li>Reader 2 – share books, movies and more </li></ul><ul><li>Last.fm – music tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati – navigate blog posts </li></ul><ul><li>BlinkList – tag sites and list on personal Blink website </li></ul><ul><li>Multipost Bookmarklet Tool – tag to many sites at once </li></ul><ul><li>Wists – Social shopping! </li></ul>
  13. 13. How do I use Social Bookmarks? <ul><li>Assign readings </li></ul><ul><li>Track student research </li></ul><ul><li>Build database with students </li></ul><ul><li>Share with colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Research with other schools </li></ul><ul><li>Send interesting links through RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Bookmarking – Further reading <ul><li>Social BookMarking Faceoff – comparison (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Education World - Sites to see </li></ul><ul><li>Common Craft Show – cool and easy video </li></ul>
  15. 15. 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 (Think FaceBook, MySpace and others!)
  16. 16. Why Blog? <ul><li>Staff development </li></ul><ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Keep families informed </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with the world </li></ul>
  17. 17. Where can I create a blog? <ul><li>Google blogspot – easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Think.com – good for elementary students </li></ul><ul><li>21classes.com – educational blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Squarespace </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul>
  18. 18. Compare Blogs <ul><li>http:// www.weblogmatrix.org / </li></ul>
  19. 20. Let's WiKi! A wiki is an online collaboration tool that allows multiple users to edit and view changes quickly. (Wiki Wiki means = Quickly in Hawaiian)
  20. 21. How can we use a Wiki? <ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OM Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Circles </li></ul><ul><li>KWL’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share lesson plans </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Wikis to get you started:
  22. 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 &quot;pod&quot; in podcast was coined from &quot;iPod,&quot; the predominant portable, digital music player, and although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music.” TechWeb
  23. 24. To podcast, you need: <ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Software – Audacity is free and works well </li></ul><ul><li>Easypodcast.com </li></ul><ul><li>Someplace to put your podcast on the web </li></ul>
  24. 25. What to do with a Podcast: <ul><li>Audience – share reports and performances </li></ul><ul><li>Review – record lesson for absentees </li></ul><ul><li>Reports – more exciting than paper </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Help – Mike Breed’s </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom centers </li></ul>
  25. 26. Skype, or Voice Over Internet Protocol Connect your classroom with the world – for free!!
  26. 27. Share PHOTOS! <ul><li>PhotoBlogging </li></ul><ul><li>Uses tags to sort and share </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss and comment </li></ul><ul><li>Send photos to aggregator, Weblog or Webpage </li></ul>
  27. 28. Where can Photo Share? <ul><li>Flickr.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free up to 20MB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>– 100 images/month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need valid email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can restrict access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to upload – with or without email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add notes to parts of images ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create albums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create slide shows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More current than media </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Have fun! <ul><li>GeoBloggers – combines Flickr and </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great Flickr Tools Collection </li></ul><ul><li>More Flickr Tools – including soduku! </li></ul><ul><li>FlickrReplacr Bookmarklet – replace words with images from Flickr </li></ul>
  29. 30. How can I use PhotoSharing? <ul><li>Find images to supplement lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate historical photos uploaded from other sources </li></ul><ul><li>Photo “field trips” </li></ul><ul><li>Writing prompts ( Flicktion ) </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrate digital stories or poetry (“Chicago”, Sandburg) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Remix” using Paint or photoediting tools </li></ul><ul><li>Leave annotations blank as test </li></ul><ul><li>Share field trip and class activity photos with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Share discussions about photos – subscribe to RSS feed </li></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><li>Too much to keep up with???? </li></ul>
  31. 32. RSS to the RESCUE!!! <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Aggregator to tame avalanche of information </li></ul><ul><li>Like using Netflix vs going to video store </li></ul><ul><li>“ subscribe” to feeds from blogs, wikis, podcasts,Flickr, </li></ul><ul><li>del.icio.us, </li></ul><ul><li>news sources, </li></ul><ul><li>stores…… </li></ul>
  32. 33. Where can I find RSS feeds? <ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>feedreader </li></ul><ul><li>GoogleReader </li></ul><ul><li>NewsGator </li></ul><ul><li>My Yahoo </li></ul>
  33. 34. Want to read more about RSS? <ul><li>AWESOME simple video explaining RSS and how to start! </li></ul><ul><li>50+ Ideas for Teachers – with written instructions </li></ul>
  34. 35. Use RSS in the classroom: <ul><li>Monitor student blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up with news, weather, sports </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Website searches </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor others’ Del.icio.us lists </li></ul><ul><li>Keep research up-to-the-minute </li></ul>
  35. 36. What to expect in the future?? <ul><li>Personally-tailored news stories delivered instantly – No more news services </li></ul><ul><li>Personal shopping – Amazon suggests purchases according to prior choices </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life – virtual interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Education through interactive gaming? </li></ul>
  36. 37. In case you want more…. <ul><li>WebWare Top 100 sites </li></ul><ul><li>Go2Web2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>Common Craft Show video !! </li></ul>
  37. 38. Find this presentation… <ul><li>http:// mannlibrary . </li></ul><ul><li> blogspot.com </li></ul>

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