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  • Economics 2.0 Using SlideShare, Twitter Facebook and FriendFeed in Economics teaching Paul Ayres, Economics Editor Intute: Social Sciences intute .ac. uk / socialsciences
  • What we will cover today
    • A quick introduction to these four services
    • Some suggestions for their possible use in teaching and learning
    • Some actual examples
    • How could you use them in your teaching?
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  • SlideShare - what is it?
    • Upload PowerPoint presentations so they are freely available online
    • Easily embeddable in other services e.g. blogs
    • Add an mp3 soundtrack / narration and sync it with the slides
    • YouTube for PowerPoint
    • Community features such as tags, comments, favourites, related SlideCasts etc.
    • http://www. slideshare .net/
  • SlideShare - an example
  • SlideShare - an example
    • Initially presented to 25 people at the DEE conference in 2007
    • Now viewed over over 1300 times, downloaded over 50 times, embedded in 5 other websites
    • Adding an audio track makes a SlideShare much more useful
    • http://www. slideshare .net/ cfbloke /the-effective-use-of- blogs -in-economics-education/
  • SlideShare - possible uses
    • Disseminating lecture material for revision purposes
    • Discuss lecture material using the comments feature to aid understanding
    • As a student assignment assessing virtual presentation skills
    • Find other presentations on your topic - save reinventing the wheel
    • Building up a body of resources over time on a particular topic
    • Drawing together conference / seminar materials using a common "tag"
  • Twitter - what is it?
    • Asks what are you up to right now?
    • Limited to just 140 characters
    • Like the status update feature on Facebook - and that's all
    • Follow people you know, those you don't, organisations, publications
    • Part blog, part social networking site, and part IM tool
    • http://twitter.com/
  • Twitter - an example
  • Twitter - an example
    • Follow everything published by VoxEU.org an economics research portal set up by the Centre for Economic Policy Research
    • Also follow other organisations such as World Economic Forum, Mises Institute, FT.com, Freakonomics, The Economist
    • 7 things you should know about Twitter by EDUCAUSE
    • http:// educause . edu / ir /library/ pdf /ELI7027. pdf
  • Twitter - possible uses
    • Pointers to online resources based around a course
    • Student reminders about deadlines
    • Breaking down barriers and getting to know others over this "virtual water cooler"
    • Keeping up to date for you and students
    • Instant lecture feedback - are you twittering about this presentation?
  • Facebook - what is it?
    • Social networking website of over 100 million registered users
    • Expect 80-90% of your students to be registered on Facebook
    • They may well regard it as "their" space
    • But average age of a Facebook user is mid-late 20's
    • Attractive as an open platform with 1000's of applications users can add to their profiles
  • Facebook - an example
    • Whose e-learning is it anyway? by Michael Cameron, Jo Fox
    • http://www.alt.ac. uk /altc2007/timetable/abstract. php ?abstract_id=1233
    • Lecturer invited into an active student study support group on Facebook
    • Backed up by a survey of the Web 2.0 activities of Durham students
    • Compares and contrasts learning activities within VLEs and Facebook
  • Facebook - an example
    • Students do declare their academic interests as part of their profiles e.g. favourite books
    • Students are supporting each other already - passing on books / references, debating issues, asking for help
    • As it is "their" space communication is easier and less formal
    • Lecturer invited into the student study group on Facebook but did not actively participate
    • Used comments she saw to inform lectures e.g. go over problem issues for students
    • Related lecture topics to stated interests in Facebook profiles
    • Ask students to translate comments from Facebook into the VLE i.e. informal to formal
  • Facebook - possible uses
    • Course based notifications also surfaced within Facebook
    • Encourage students to set up self-help study groups
    • Great for connecting new students together at the start of term and encouraging feedback from the shy
    • Look at education / course based applications
    • 7 things you should know about Facebook by EDUCAUSE
    • http:// educause . edu / ir /library/ pdf /ELI7025. pdf
    • Consider a separate teacher profile for sharing with students and be aware of security / privacy settings
  • FriendFeed - what is it?
    • Bring your various Web 2.0 accounts together
    • YouTube videos, blog entries, uploaded SlideCasts, bookmarks from Delicious, Twitter updates etc
    • Set-up once and then works automatically
    • Has social networking features, so you can subscribe to your friends collective intelligence
    • Good at uniting users of different services that do similar things
    • http:// friendfeed .com
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  • FriendFeed - possible uses
    • Set up a "room" around a topic and ask students to collaborate in collecting online references
    • Task students with finding resources that are NOT text based
    • More of a tool for bringing other things together and more on this later
  • Thanks for listening
    • Paul Ayres [email_address]
    • Website intute .ac. uk / socialsciences
    • Bookmarks delicious.com/ cfbloke /seen08