Web 2 Applications The Web has forever changed education from the one room schoolhouse that began many years ago to the virtual classrooms of today. The expansion into new media has been so extensive that a new model has emerged to supply the endless appetites of consumers. From reality TV to schools, the users have stolen the stage by replacing corporations as producers of news, entertainment, and learning. While creating instructional materials by educators is nothing new, the ability to immediately share content and methods through electronic resources has resulted in a frenzy of access to user-created content. Certainly access is no panacea. For most users, the problem isnt the lack ofinformation, but the lack of ability to find the rightinformation. Filters, metadata, tags and search systemsmay be the most important infrastructure technology forfuture environments. Therefore, much of the focus of Web2 applications is not just creating new information butorganizing the existing information into useful content.Another important function of Web 2 applications providevaluable ways to communicate. In this module we willexplore some of the more popular Web applications forcollaboration and Web conferencing.Web services come in the form of a “cloud.” Cloud computing refers to the use of Web-basedservices that are dynamically scalable to the needs of the user. For example, files could bestored on SkyDrive with Windows Live instead of a local drive. Many services have adopted theutility computing model (pay for what you use), others are billed on a subscription basis, butmost are actually free. Cloud computing led to a proliferation of new applications on what is nowreferred to as Web 2.0, which refers to a perceived second generation of Web development anddesign to facilitate communication, information sharing, and collaboration. Web 2.0 conceptshave led to the development and evolution of Web-based communities, hosted services, andapplications, such as social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomiesfor classifying social tags.
Collectively, Web 2.0 applications representcomplex systems for managing multipletasks. O’Driscoll (2007) refers to thiscollection as the iWeb, which consists of fourvectors: immediate, intuitive, interactive, andimmersive. He believes that as this three-dimensional, avatar-mediated spaceemerges, virtual worlds will combine thesequalities into a singularity, a worldwide virtualplatform that allows users to engage in whatmatters most to them.The “Immediate Vector” identifies 2D learningapplications, sometimes referred to asflatland, that integrate with knowledgesharing repositories where networked virtualspaces emerge. These spaces integratesynchronous sharing with asynchronous storage using products like SharePoint, Live Meeting,Blackboard, and Webex.The “Intuitive Vector” combines Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, wikis, podcasts, and socialmedia sites like Facebook and MySpace that use “tags” to access information and interact withothers about specific activities. As the Web enters the next dimension, most of the socialnetworking sites like Facebook and MySpace will replace Web pages with Web spaces to formthe “Interactive Vector.” Likewise in the “Immersive Vector,” synchronous 2D learning platformswill become 3D as distance learning systems like Webex, Centra and Live Meeting integratewith virtual spaces.Complete the following tasks and post all of the links in a single message in the A2 discussiontopic for the following categories: Publications Timelines Surveys Scheduling Storage Collaboration Web ConferencingSome sites require subscription or membership but the basic entry level for all of theapplications is free or available for a trial period. To avoid receiving spam, you may want tocreate a temporary email account for registering the applications. Keep track of your logininformation for later use. WARNING: Some of these sites are publicly accessed. Don’t upload commercial copyrighted items to public sites without permission.
PublicationsPublishing documents and videos online is an essential part of distance education instruction.Issuu provides Web space for sharing online publications by uploading documents to create apersonal magazine with articles and images, and its fast, easy, and totally free. Choose one ofthe applications below to create a library and share uploaded publications or videos. Solicitaccess by your classmates. http://issuu.com/ http://www.teachertube.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/TimelinesChoose one of the following timeline creation tools. Dipity and Timetoast allow users to createinteractive timelines that can be shared on the Web. Choose one of the applications below tocreate a timeline for a specific topic of your choice and share the link for access with yourclassmates. Contribute at least one item to the timeline created by your classmates. http://www.timetoast.com/ http://www.dipity.com/SurveysCollecting data from participants is very useful with online learning. Select one of the followingsites to create a survey or poll. Construct 5 randomized questions of various types (i.e.true/false, multiple choice, short answer, etc.) with a customized format (your name, colorbackground, etc.). http://www.polleverywhere.com/ http://www.limesurvey.org
SchedulingScheduling meetings and events can be tedious when users are on different email or calendarsystems. Also, arranging time with online instructors or students often requires a series ofmessages. Using one of the Web 2 applications below, create a schedule and solicit several ofyour classmates to respond with their availability. http://www.doodle.com/ http://www.bookalesson.com/StorageOne of the most popular uses of online tools is storage of files, especially for photos. WindowsLive is the collective brand name for a set of services and software products from Microsoft (seefollowing chart). A majority of these services are Web applications accessible from a browser,but there are also client-side applications that require installation on a PC. There are three waysin which Windows Live services are offered: Windows Live Essentials applications, webservices, and mobile services. Windows Live provides 25 GB of free space (SkyDrive) forstoring files online, sharing access, and communicating with members. Subscribe to WindowsLive and upload files. Create a group for an interesting topic and solicit members from yourclassmates to join. Join at least 3 of your classmates’ groups. Create charts in Word for Box.net,PicasaWeb, and Flickr like the Windows Live chart on the next page. Post the charts in the A2Assignment drop box. http://home.live.com http://box.net http://picasaweb.google.com http://www.flickr.com
Windows LiveFeature DescriptionWindows Live Desktop blog publishing toolWriterWindows Live A toolbar which adds itself to Windows Internet Explorer, allowing quick access to aToolbar users Windows Live Spaces, Hotmail, Favorites and Live Search from a button on the toolbarWindows Live Sync File sharing and synchronization service acquired by Microsoft and now branded as a Windows Live serviceWindows Live AJAX based version social networking, blogging, and photo sharing siteSpacesWindows Live Password-protected online file storage and sharing, includes Windows Live PhotosSkyDrive and Office Web Apps for management of photos and Office documentsWindows Live Allow users to manage their profile information and displays information about theProfile particular user, their recent activities, and their relationship with other Windows Live usersWindows Live Photo storage service which allows users to upload and share their personal albumsPhotos and photographs with other Windows Live usersWindows Live Photo Similar to Windows Photo Gallery with additional enhancements that will makeGallery posting photos to Windows Live Spaces and Soapbox easierWindows Live The contact book service which allows users to keep track and synchronize theirPeople contacts informationWindows Live Video editing software similar to Windows Movie Maker with additionalMovie Maker enhancements that makes home video editing easierWindows Live Instant messaging, personal file sharing and outgoing Voice over IP clientMessengerWindows Live Mail Desktop mail client designed to succeed Outlook Express on Windows XP and Windows Mail on Windows Vista, with full RSS supportWindows Live ID Works seamlessly with Windows Live services and allowing multiple sign-ins with different accountsWindows Live Free webmail service using AJAX technology featuring email, contacts and calendarHotmail servicesWindows Live Home Provides a central location to access Windows Live services, monitor status information, and navigate to other Windows Live sites and servicesWindows Live Enable users to create their social groups for sharing, discussion and coordinationGroupsWindows Live A center for collections of developers add-ons for Windows Live productsGalleryWindows Live A suite of Windows Live software applications. Essentials are installed via a singleEssentials installer, which allows users to select and install only the specific applications they wish.
CollaborationUsing team assignments in an online course is an excellent way to create community andimprove learning, but its not always easy. Student collaboration in the online classroom, likethat in traditional face-to-face courses, requires careful course design, student preparation, andteam management, plus, a little extra creativity and perseverance. This 32-page anthology ofarticles provides real-world guidance on how to implement team-based projects, troubleshootthem, and promote their success. Many of the nearly 20 articles in the special report come fromOnline Classroom – a popular newsletter devoted to improving the efficacy of online education.Review the report on collaboration posted in the assignment folder before continuing with theassignment. Here are some of the articles you will find in the report: Comparing Online Peer Interaction Methods Improving Results and Reducing Frustrations from Team Activities Keeping Teamwork Alive, Motivated and Enthused! Facilitating Student Interaction With Online Discussion Groups Online Process-Oriented Group ProjectsAlthough more common products like Windows Live and Google Docs provide goodcollaboration features, let’s take a look at other solutions that have gained popularity.PBwiki gives small businesses and small teams/groups in larger companies an easy, secureway to collaborate at work. People can communicate and work together with richly formattedtext, photos, videos, maps, and more. With Google Docs & Spreadsheets you can create basicdocuments and spreadsheets from scratch. You can easily do all the basics, including makingbulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fontsand more. And its free. You can also upload your existing files. Spreadsheets accepts mostpopular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, etc. All formatting andformulas will come through intact.Choose one of the following applications to simulate collaboration. Create a topic and providean item to begin the collaboration. Contribute at least 2 entries with each of your classmates’topics. http://PBwiki.com http://ubidesk.com http://docs.google.com
Web ConferencingDistance Education has embraced many forms of social networking including text (chat, blog,SMS, Twitter), audio, video, and file sharing. As one of the earliest examples of VOIP (Voice-Over Internet Protocol) to gain popularity, Skype provides a reliable, high-quality, alternate forglobal communications that combines voice and video. While most conferencing tools aredesigned for synchronous communications and asynchronous forms were limited to email,Grapevine blends the best of both worlds by allowing users to dip in and out of voiceconversations when they have time and gives the presence and feeling of sitting in the sameroom with a group of people. Although Windows Live Messenger has dominated the market infeature rich communications products, there are now many choices that target specific areas.Choose one of the following applications to explore Web conferencing with your classmates.Plan a discussion topic and meet online with your classmates. http://home.live.com http://www.dimdim.com http://grapevinetalk.comGO2WEB20One of the best sites for information about Web 2applications is Go2Web20.net. Visit this site and explorethe applications. Then create a table in MS Word like theexample below. Recommend 5 applications other than theones above with potential for online instruction andprovide a link. Give a brief description of features and aspecific example of applying the product for onlineinstruction. Hyperlink the logo and include the Web link inthe description for accessing the application. Post thetable as an attachment in the Webcourses discussiontopic for this assignment (A2). Review your classmates’ http://www.go2web20.netrecommendations. Web 2 Applications <your name> Item Logo Link Features Example 1 2 3 4 5