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Online Presentation for the TESOL EVO09 workshop "Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments" on Jan 22, 2009 at 11 am GMT.

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Pageflakes4 Educators

  1. 1. <ul><li>Pageflakes ® </li></ul><ul><li>for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>An informal chat session led by </li></ul><ul><li>Gladys Baya </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>For </li></ul><ul><li>Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>An EVO-2009 workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 22, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted at: </li></ul>
  2. 2. Overview of the session <ul><li>What is Pageflakes ® ? </li></ul><ul><li>How can it help me, an educator: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse the Web more effectively? (startpages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help others follow me on the Web more effectively? (lifestreaming) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help my classes browse the Web more effectively? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other similar tools ( Netvibes , Protopage , etc.) </li></ul>
  3. 3. How much do you know about…?
  4. 4. RSS, feeds and syndication <ul><li>RSS (Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content . Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. </li></ul><ul><li>Why RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy , by not needing to join each site's email newsletter. </li></ul>Source: Recommended: RSS in Plain English (3-minute video)
  5. 5. Social bookmarking <ul><li>You can save your favourite websites and send them to your friends, but you can also look at what other people have found interesting enough to tag . Most social bookmarking sites allow you to browse through the items based on most popular, recently added, or belonging to a certain category like EFL, technology,, blogging, freeware, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>You can even search through what people have bookmarked by typing in what you are looking for in the search tool. In fact, social bookmarking sites are being used as intelligent search engines. </li></ul>Source: Recommended: Social Bookmarking in Plain English (3-minute video)
  6. 6. HTML code <ul><li>HTML is a computer language devised to allow website creation, and it has code-words and syntax like any other language. </li></ul><ul><li>HTML ( HyperText Markup Language ) stands for: </li></ul><ul><li>HyperText -the method by which you move around on the web — by clicking on special text called hyperlinks . </li></ul><ul><li>Markup - what HTML tags (e.g. <i> or </i>) do to the text inside them. They mark it as a certain type of text (e.g. <i>hello</i> will read as “ hello” - italicised text). </li></ul>Source: Recommended: Webmonkey:HTML Cheatsheet
  7. 7. Widgets <ul><li>A web widget is a mini-web application you can put in your web page, blog or social profile that can quickly and easily provide your visitors with, user specific information , extra functionality, and even a bit of fun and games. </li></ul><ul><li>A widget is available in a ready-to-use formats and are visually attractive and customizable by the user. It takes the form of pictures, graphs, statistics, summary, or just numbers. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a snippet of HTML code which is available from the the website which hosts the widget. you can &quot;copy&quot; that code and &quot;embed&quot; in your web page. </li></ul>Source: Recommended: Social Bookmarking in Plain English (3-minute video)
  8. 8. So… what is Pageflakes ® ? <ul><li>With Pageflakes ® and similar online tools, you'll be able to create your own free personal home webpage, bringing everything that you are interested in to one place. This makes it easy to see when your favourite blogs and sites have been updated, what your friends are saying on Twitter, or even what the weather is like! </li></ul>Source: Recommended: What is Pageflakes ? (6-minute video)
  9. 9. Once you register, you get your page… <ul><li>Click on the Flake icon at the top. Then click on “Browse Flakes” and “Add RSS feed” to add your favourite flakes (widgets). </li></ul><ul><li>All Flakes can be edit ed - simply click the &quot;edit&quot; link in each Flake's header. You can also delete a Flake (X) or collapse/expand it (the arrow icon in each Flake's footer area). </li></ul><ul><li>You can create several pages, and choose the most suitable layout (1 to 4 columns, different width options) </li></ul><ul><li>Also, you’ll be able to customize your theme . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Once you’re ready… <ul><li>Share and publish your page (with those you choose, or with the world!). To do this, please click on &quot;Make Pagecast&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>You can have as many pages (tabs) as you want, and each of them can have a different setting for privacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Browse the Pagecast Gallery for pagecasts you may want to follow. Add them to your tabs with just one click! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Especially for educators… <ul><li>You may want to start at: </li></ul>
  12. 12. Pageflakes®- TEACHER EDITION <ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatic selection of suggested &quot;Seed Flakes&quot; for teachers (and possibly students). Valuable library (incl. several blogs by teachers)! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An online grade tracker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A task list and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A built in writing tutor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Users can actually blog and create a discussion forum directly in their feed reader---making an all-in-one digital home for our students. </li></ul>Source:
  13. 13. Vance Stevens’ Startpage
  14. 14. Lifestreaming with Pageflakes®
  15. 15. My Pagecast for my teen classes
  16. 16. An example by Carla Arena
  17. 17. More worth-visiting examples <ul><li>Ambassador to China - a webquest on China and its culture, created for a 3rd grade class in the USA by John Calvert: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Road is Calling – a webquest on US geography, created for a 2nd grade class in the USA by Christine Calvert </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 18. Comparing options (Source: ) Created on Feb 23, 2007
  19. 19. Looking for tutorials? <ul><li>How to change your theme (under 2-min video): </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>How to share your page (46-second video): </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>How to add a Pagecast (1-minute video): </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Other recommended links <ul><li> - Video introduction to RSS and personal start pages – 6:06) </li></ul><ul><li> – “Learning-with-Computers” discusses Pageflakes and other similar tools, led by Mary Hillis and Nina Lyulkun </li></ul><ul><li> - Nik Peachey blogs on how and why teachers should create a personal startpage </li></ul><ul><li>Gladys Baya’s Pageflakes playlist on YouTube: </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes bookmarks on Diigo: </li></ul>