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Using Web 2.0 Technologies

An introduction to Web 2.0 technologies, how and why they are important in higher education.

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  • 1. Interactive Classrooms : Using Web 2.0 Technologies SUNY Potdsam TLT DAY January 16, 2008
  • 2. Definitions
    • What is Web 2.0?
    • Internet trend in how users are using web based tools for interconnectivity and interactivity.
    • What is social networking ? Ambiguous, evolving, extremely popular. Online communities (usually web-based) where individuals can share common interests, activities and ideas, get connected, meet new people, and generally communicate.
      • Tagging , Tag clouds, Folksonomies
      • RSS feeds (really simple syndication)
      • Mash-up (mixed content is recombined)
      • WYSIWYG (sort of easy web editor)
  • 3. Who are the Web 2.0 Users?
    • Millions: Young and Old
    • Children & adolescents: Games, texting, artwork
    • College students: Stay connected with family & friends
    • Professionals: Share information, ideas, opportunities
    • Family members : Online calendars, photo-sharing
    • Parents: Support groups, advice, event planning
    • Retirees: Voice opinions, advice, shop
  • 4. Pew Report on Teen Content Creators
    • 39% of online teens share their own artistic creations online, such as artwork, photos, stories, or videos, up from 33% in 2004.
    • 33% create or work on webpages or blogs for others, including those for groups they belong to, friends, or school assignments, basically unchanged from 2004 (32%).
    • 28% have created their own online journal or blog, up from 19% in 2004.
    • 27% maintain their own personal webpage, up from 22% in 2004.
    • 26% remix content they find online into their own creations, up from 19% in 2004.
    • Amanda Lenhart, Mary Madden, Alexandra Rankin Macgill, and Aaron Smith, Pew Internet & American Life Project December 19, 2007
  • 5. Blogs, Wikis, Chat: Why Should You Care?
    • Teens and young adults are interacting online and using mobile technologies everyday for day-to-day communications.
    • They are finding and using and re-inventing information in new ways.
    • They expect their online environments to be interactive and customizable.
    • “ Why Gen Y Is Going to Change the Web”
  • 6. Web 2.0 for Higher Education?
    • Secondary education has really embraced Web 2.0 applications in the classroom
    • High school students are using blogs and wikis before they get here…
    • They continue to use them recreationally because they are free!
    • Colleges and Universities that embrace web 2.0 technologies will attract and retain students
  • 7. Collaborate and Connect
    • Social Networks: ( Facebook, MySpace)
    • Blogs (web log)
    • Twitter (microblog)
    • RSS (aggregator for blogs, video, etc.)
    • Wikis (Hawaiian word for “fast”)
    • Collaborate (Develop content online with friends)
    • Social bookmarking (tag & share your web citations)
    • Photo and video sharing (tag and share)
    • Manage your book shelf (catalog and write reviews)
    • Play games (virtual worlds)
  • 8. Social Networks: Connect with People
    • Facebook: Academic social site
    • MySpace: General public social site
    • Ning: Create your own subject specific social sites
    • Cafemom: Advice and support for moms
    • Orkut: General public social site by Google
    • Linkedin : Professional’s network
    • Dating Services: eHarmony,, JDate, Christian Mingle, ManHunt
  • 9. Social Networks: Why Faculty Participate
    • Stay current with professional trends
    • Communicate with colleagues
    • Know what students are doing and why
    • Provide an adult presence
    • Set an example for appropriate behavior and use of media
    • Help prepare students for the employment marketplace
    • Create content for mobile learning
    • Connect with friends and family
    • Look less like an old fuddy-duddy
  • 10. Facebook
    • Students view Facebook as a social, not academic space. Most students are not interested in “friending” faculty, but you can still use Facebook to :
    • Connect with some students
    • Connect with colleagues
    • Stay connected with alumni
    • Market to potential students (e.g. create Groups for programs)
    • Faculty advisors to student organizations can create or join Groups
    • Create Events and invite students and colleagues to come
    • Use Facebook Ads to advertise programs, courses and events
    • Contact students when they ignore campus email
    • Check student profiles before you hire them
    • Check student profiles before you write letters of recommendation
  • 11. Facebook Applications
      • Facebook has hundreds of external add-on applications (software widgets) mostly recreational. For academics:
    • Search Library databases: JSTOR, WorldCat
    • Manage and recommend books (WeRead, GoodReads, LibraryThing)
    • View faculty ratings (Rate My Professor & Professor ratings)
    • Bibliography Tools (CiteMe, Carmun)
    • Course connections (Courses 2.0, CourseFeed, MyCourses)
    • Shite Gifts for Academics (humor)
  • 12. MySpace
    • Grade My Professor (this feature works and is well populated with SUNY Potsdam professor ratings.
    • You need to have an account on MySpace in order to view the ratings.
  • 13. Blogs: Read-Write Web
    • Free web-based blog software:
    • Blogger
    • WordPress
    • LiveJournal
    • Search the Blogosphere:
    • Google Blog Search
    • Technorati
      • 2008 EduBlog Awards (examples of educational blogs mostly secondary education)
  • 14. Blogging for the Classroom
    • E-portfolios
    • Reflection
    • Creative writing
    • Document an event or trip
    • Create online pamphlets
    • Stay current with trends in your profession
    • Higher Education Example: Meredith Farkas Drupal Classroom
    • Drupal is an open source content management system
  • 15. Stay Current and Manage Your Media
    • RSS Feeds: Really Simple Syndication
    • Web Feeds: news feeds, syndicated feed
    • Feed readers: aggregators, news reader
      • Google Reader
      • Bloglines
      • Thunderbird client : Content looks like email
    • Wikipedia’s comparison of feed aggregators
  • 16. Twitter
    • A Microblog: What are you doing right now?
    • Messages are limited to 140 characters (0nly text and links, no photos, no videos, no maps)
    • Send & receive text messages on your cell phone or web
    • Follow “tweets” of friends, colleagues & organizations
    • Tweet at conferences and events
    • GovTwit: directory of government agencies that twitter
    • Twellow: Twitter Directory for everyone
  • 17. Twitter : What are people saying?
    • I just ate a burrito.
    • I am back home, cooking dinner, reading NYT.
    • I just landed in LaGuardia airport, but stranded for the next 24 hours #TLT2009
    • I’m sitting in Ballroom A, 3 rd row left.
    • Meet us for lunch at the sushi restaurant.
    • This is the most boring lecture ever!
    • When did the prof just say when our project is due?
    • BIO101 quiz. What is the answer to question 17?
  • 18. Search Twitter
    • http://
    • Search hash tags (#TLT2009) to find common threads (especially useful for conference attendees)
    • Advanced search lets you search by geographic location, and limit by date or username, search for tweets with links, and tweets with attitudes
    • Browse trend topics
  • 19. Wikis
    • Collaborative website that uses markup language or WYSIWYG editor via a web browser. (Hawaiian word wiki-wiki means quick-quick).
    • Wiki Software:
    • Mediawiki (open source) example: Wikipedia
    • PBWiki (free hosted service)
    • WetPaint (free hosted service)
    • Wetpaint Wikis in Education : Suggestions for use and links to wikis
  • 20. Collaborate
    • Google Docs (spreadsheets, presentations and word processing)
    • Zoho (A whole suite of applications)
    • Slideshare (power point shows)
    • OfficeLive (share documents, plan events, templates)
    • writewith (online group writing environment, track changes, chat, assign tasks)
  • 21. Social Bookmarking: Whither the 3x5 card?
    • Store, organize, search, manage and share bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of tags. Some let you add bookmarklets to your browser to make it easy to add content.
    • del.ic.ious : Subscribe to tags, create tag bundles
    • spurl : Save bookmarks with full text searching of webpages, add notes and recommendations
    • Furl : Save pages in an archive
    • Diigo : Web Highlighter, add sticky notes.
    • Ottobib : Citation generator that creates permalinks to bibliographies (books only)
  • 22. Photo & Video Sharing
    • Flickr (upload, edit, organize, share)
    • Picasa (organize, edit create, share)
    • Picnik (pretty good easy web-based editor)
    • Shutterfly (affordable printing option)
    • YouTube (browse videos under “education”)
    • Google Video (has advanced search features)
  • 23. Image Tools for the Classroom
  • 24. Image Tools for the Classroom
    • Gliffy : Create and share diagrams
    • : Create colorful “mind maps”, download or share maps online
    • Dabbleboard : Online white board, includes toolkits for floor plans, charts, and image markups.
    • Scribblar : Multimedia collaborative space with whiteboard
    • Picnik : Online photo and editor
    • Sketchcast : Create animated drawings
    • Generator Blog : List of web software that generate images…some pretty weird stuff!
  • 25. Image Tools for the Classroom
    • Animoto : Create videos from image and audio files, and share them
    • Odiogo : Convert blog posts into podcasts
    • Google maps : Customize a google map: add lines, shapes, links to images and websites, upload data.
      • Example:
    • Big Huge Labs : Image editor lets you generate custom jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, calendars…
    • Letter James : Image generator lets you personalize images, calendars, cards,
  • 26. Misc Web Tools for the Classroom
    • Timetoast : Create and share timelines
    • UTipU : Create audio screen shots, share online
    • Edmodo : microblog for education. Create classroom environment for classroom alerts, assignments, events, etc.
    • Amberjack : Create guided tours of websites. Show students how to navigate web based applications like Blackboard or research databases.
    • OpenHuddle : Create rooms to collaborate using video chat, drawing boards and instant message
  • 27. Books and Reading
    • LibraryThing (import catalog records, organize your books, tag, write reviews, share…)
    • GoodReads
    • aNobii
    • Shelfari
    • BooksConnect
    • WeRead
  • 28. Play Games
    • Second Life :
      • Online courses for distance learning
      • Interactive library reference desks
      • Exhibits and galleries
      • Historical re-enactments
      • Second Life in Education wiki
    • PMOG Passively Multiplayer Online Game: a Firefox extension lets you create web based “missions.” Players earn points, find traps and treasures.
  • 29. Issues: The Good and the Bad
    • Trust (recognize intentional misrepresentation)
      • (inventing a cool avatar is acceptable and common)
      • (phishing and soliciting minors is illegal)
    • Blurring of private and professional lives
    • Information Literacy (teach effective use of technology)
    • Digital Inequalities (literacy, age, race, gender income bracket and educational backgrounds)
    • Copyright Ownership and Fair Use
  • 30. Web 2.0 Best Practices : USE COMMON SENSE!
    • Read the privacy policies and check your profile settings
      • Who can view your content (friends, family anyone?)
      • Who owns your content (you or the network owners?)
      • Who can download and use your content?
      • Is your content searchable by web crawlers and search engines?
    • Be cautious about what you post:
      • Your name and phone number?
      • Your calendar and work schedule?
      • Your address or work location?
      • Pictures of yourself doing fun (but possibly indiscreet) things?
      • Online chatter with friends about highly personal things?
      • Photos of family, friends or children?
    • Assume anyone can or will see your content (e.g. employers, family members, clergy, pedophiles, stalkers, criminals)
    • Don’t forget it is the internet…a virtual main street.
    • The internet never forgets
  • 31. More Information is on the Web!
    • Search “Common Craft” videos on YouTube
    • Learning 2.0 tutorial 23 Things tutorial created by the PLCMC Library for library staff
  • 32. Public Domain Content Sources
    • Be sure to check the terms of use for each site before using any of their content.
    • Creative Commons Content Directory
    • WikiMedia Commons
    • Art Images for College Teaching
    • Flickr Commons
    • New York Public Library Digital Library
    • Wikipedia Public Domain Image Sources
    • Flickr (Picture Australia, Library of Congress)
  • 33. Questions?
          • Marianne Hebert
          • SUNY Potsdam
          • [email_address]