• Online social bookmarking destination where users can save bookmarked sites on a personal Bookmarking Website http://Del.icio.us
What you can do with del.icio.us:• Save and access your bookmarks from any computer• Share your bookmarks and access other people’s bookmarks• Search del.icio.us to find other people who are interested in the same topic and check out their research
Diigo• Bookmark website• Index them with tags• Annotate web pages with highlights, comments, and sticky notes
• Help teachers find collaborative learning partners and appropriate projects
Blogging – What is it?• A blog (short for weblog) is a web-based journal that is typically updated frequently and open for anyone to read.• Entries are created in journal style and usually displayed in reverse chronological order• Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services or they can be run using blog software
How could a Blog benefit your course?• Personal Introductions• Study guides and online learning and teaching (OLT) sites for each course unit.• A download facility where students can access PowerPoint lecture slides, WWW links, solutions to problems, past examination papers• Students make contributions based on the subject matter they students are studying• Dissemination of Important Classroom Information beyond the Classroom
Blogs in Education• Easily Updatable Content• RSS Feed (Bloglines) • Tools• Podcasting – No Downloads – Easy to Update• Vodcasting – Easy to Navigate• Screencasting – Easy Linking – Simple Design• Homework• Announcements
How is Podcasting Relevant to Education?• Multimedia• 99% free• Can be listened to on many platforms:• desktop, laptop, handhelds, MP3• players, cell phones• Mobile• Low cost to broadcast = cheap• publishing platform and more content
Opportunities for authentic student products• Sound-seeing tours• Broadcast student audio plays• Interviews with content experts• Ongoing student produced “radio” talk shows about content learned
Imagine if …Podcasts are a new web resource to support life long learning. The WHAT,WHEN, and WHEREunder your control.
RSS• One of the great things about listening to podcasts is that you can subscribe to what’s called an RSS feed. Once you’re subscribed, your podcatcher will check the feed regularly for new episodes. When a new episode is posted, the podcatcher will automatically download the audio file for you to listen to.• An RSS feed is nothing more than a specially formatted text file. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.• You don’t need to worry about understanding RSS or writing out the feed file by hand. There are ways to create it automatically.
• Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus.• With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures, and expand their knowledge in amazing ways.• Teachers and parents can also benefit from Skype in the classroom• http://education.skype.com/
Getting up and Running with Skype• Hardware/software required: – downloaded skype software, – higher bandwidth connection – web camera – desktop microphone and earphones, or headset – Interactive white board for display or a white wall, and data projector if videoconferencing with a class.
Wiki• Similar to a blog; however, ownership of the wiki is distributed to numerous individuals who collectively add and edit web-accessible content.
• A webpage that you can edit, is easy to use and is perfect for collaborative learning.
Wiki in the Classroom• Use Wiki’s as a tool to enhance learning.• Don’t use in isolation.• Make it relevant to what is being taught in class.• They are a great motivator.• Easy to monitor.• Allows for creativity and innovation.• Encourages participation.• Promotes communication between students.• A new, interesting way to learn.
Personal Learning Network• Twitter is a social networking and micro- blogging site that enables users to send short, concise messages to each other• It is a means of disseminating information quickly to a large amount of people; it allows people to express their thoughts and have their opinions heard quickly – Follow Hashtags
How can Twitter be used to improve my students’ education? • David Perry, an assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas calls Twitter a “classroom communication tool”• He required his students to sign up for Twitter and send a few messages with the site each week. The students were required to subscribe to his Twitter feed, and he updated his students several times a day on useful web sites, or announcements throughout the day• He felt that the use of Twitter by the class helped to improve classroom discussionsSource: “Twitter In The Classroom”http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2008/01/twitter-in-the-classroom.html
David Perry’s Benefits of Using Twitter in the Classroom• Twitter is a way to record thoughts and ideas that you search – it’s a history• Twitter connects you to a larger world outside of the classroom and even the country• Students can follow people who do what they want to do or who they admire and get a sense for their job and life• Twitter can improve writing and punctuation
Step 1: In your web browser address bar, type in http://twitter.comStep 2: Since you are a new user, you will need to create a’new account. Click the button on the screen labeled “Sign up now”
The following screen will appear. It will ask you to type in your full name, the username you would like to use, the pass- word you would like to use, and your e-mail address.
As you enter your information, you will know if the namesyou have chosen are available or not. You may need totry out different usernames until you find a unique one.
After you accept the terms of service and submit your information,you will be asked to type in a couple of random words in order toconfirm your information. This is done to ensure that the user isnot creating a computer-generated account in order to sendspam messages to other Twitter users.
The next page makes some suggestions on how to find other Twitterusers to “follow”. You can choose catagories such as Art & Design,Entertainment, Fashion, Music, News, Politics, Sports, and many more! Once you find some interesting tweets, you can “follow” the person who posted it. When you “follow” someone, whatever they “tweet” will appear on your personal Twitter page!
One way of finding people to “follow” is to search for thenames of friends or people that you personally know.You can click the blue button labeled “Find friends” to help you in this process! When searching for a friend to follow, make sure to check that person’s profile and picture to be sure it’s the right person!
On the left side of the next page, you will see a search box that allowsyou to type in the name of someone you might not personally know,but is someone you would like to follow. That person might be afellow teacher at another school, a public figure such as a politician or a celebrity, or otherwise. You could also search for a Twitter account used by a company, a television station, or an organization.
Once again, before you follow someone, check out theprofile and picture of that person to make sure it’s theperson you want! President Obama’s real Twitter account A satirical Twitter account spotlighting President Obama
To go to the Twitter page for your account, click the bluebutton labeled “Next Step…You’re Done!” The page foryour Twitter account will load, and if you’ve “followed”anyone, the most recent updates from them will appearin the leftcolumn In theorder theywere sent,the mostrecentupdatesappearing atthe top.as long asyou are signedin, you willbe continuallyupdated!
Before you start “tweeting”, you might want to update yourprofile so others can find you easily. At the top right of thescreen you will see a number of different links, including thelink for your “Profile”. Click on this link to upload a picturefor your avatar, your location, the address for your website(if you have one), and a short biography (up to 160 characters).
Click on the link labeled “Settings” to make changes to details in your account, including: •Your username • Your password • the language in which you want to “tweet” • time zone • tweet location • tweet privacy
On the “Settings” page, you can upload a picture of yourchoice for your personal avatar. You should upload a personal picture so that you can be easily identified when other Twitter users are looking to “follow” you.
The “Design” link allows you to choose the background that will appearbehind your Twitter feed. You can choose from the designs that aresupplied, or you can load your own background image, or you can change the colors in the designs. If you are feeling especially creative, you can use the “Themelon” feature on the right side of the page to choose from thousands of designs and color palettes.
Once you are ready to begin “tweeting”, click the “Home” link at the top rightof the page. You will come back to the main screen for your account. At thetop of the screen on the left will be where you type in your updates.Since Twitter is amicro-bloggingsite, you willonly be allowedto enter short,concise updates.In these updates,you can saywhatever youwant, as long asthe messagedoesn’t exceed140 characters. This includesspaces betweenwords!
After you tweet, it will appear at the top of your Twitter feed!
When tweeting, there will be times when you want to make your followers awareof different websites or links that you find interesting. You are able to copy and paste the URL for a website or a website link in your Twitter update box, as well as a short description of what the link is about.
After you post your tweet, the URL link that you included becomes a hyperlink that others can click on to go that website!
There will be times when the URL address for a link you want to update others on isso long that it cuts into the available number of characters in your Twitter update box.If you run out of characters, your update will only include up to the 140th character.In order to shorten the length of a weblink and still send along a usuable URL address,you can use URL shortening websites such as http://bit.ly or http://tinyurl.comThese sites allow you to copy and paste a website URL into its box and create ashorter URL that you can copy and paste back into your Twitter update box.
URL shortening websites such as http://bit.ly and http://tinyurl.com convert long URL addresses into shorter URL addresses That you can copy and paste back into Twitter. This will Help reduce the number of characters in your “Tweet”!
When copied andpasted into yourtweet, you can clickon the shortenedURL that leads tothe link you wantothers to view.This shortenedURL link is onlytemporary. You won’tbe able to type thisURL into an addressbar at any time, or itwon’t work.
It is very important to keep up with the Twitter usernames of the people you want to send updates to. Every Twitter Username begins with an “@” symbol Followed by the Twitter username. For example, when I want to send a tweet to Conan O’Brien, I include the Twitter address “@ConanOBrien” in my message…or elseit won’t be sent to him!
Your latest tweet willappear in two placeson your Twitter page:•Directly underneath the “What’s Happening?” box •At the top of yourTwitter feed…at least until tweets fromthe people you follow are posted
You can choose to replyto a tweet that someonehas sent you, or you canchoose to repeat a tweetto call attention to it.Navigate to find the tweetin question, and you willsee that you will have theoption to either “reply”or “re-tweet” thatmessage. Replying tothe tweet will allow youto send a tweet back tothe person who originallysent the message.“Re-tweeting” allows you to repeat the messageand send it to additional Twitter users.
When you replyto a tweet, theTwitter address ofthe person whoyou are replying toautomaticallyappears in themessage box.Then you canrespond to themessage that willbe directly relayedback to the otherTweeter!
When you“re-tweet” amessage fromanother Twitteruser, it willre-post thattweet so thatyour followerscan be madeaware of it.You are also ableto add your owncomment toa re-tweetedpost.
On Twitter, youwill often seetweets that containnumber signs (#)followed by one ormore wordshighlighted in blue. These are called “tags”, and are used to help you search for tweets with a common theme. Click on the tag, and you will see a list of search results of tweets containing those tags.
Along theright side ofyour Twitterhome pageyou will seethe top 10tags that are“trending”,or the topsearches onTwitter at themoment.Thesesearchesoften reflectcurrent eventsin society,politics,or in pop culture.
How Twitter can be used in different subject areasLANGUAGE ARTS • Have students post tweets of their reactions to the developments in the stories they read • Have students summarize stories in “tweet” form • Choose a genre (fairy tale, mystery, adventure); post the beginning of a story; have students take turns continuing the story by “tweeting” their additions • Have students practice their skills using synonyms or antonyms; one Tweeter posts a word and students take turns posting words that are similar or different in meaning Source: “How to Use Twitter in the Classroom”, http://www.docstoc.com/docs/5649046/How-To-Use-Twitter-in-the-Classroom
How Twitter can be used in different subject areasMATH • Teachers can “Tweet” short word problems and petition students to reply with the correct answers—1st correct tweet wins a prize! • Students can “tweet” their own original word problems to the class and see if anyone can solve it • Teachers prompt students to “tweet” the steps in solving different types of math problems in concise words • Students can “follow” professionals in the mathematics education field and ask questions about their profession, etc.
How Twitter can be used in different subject areasSOCIAL STUDIES • Use Twitter to gather information from their followers about their location • Have students search Twitter for tags with terms such as “poverty”, “disaster”, and “war” to keep up with tweets of current events • Have students summarize important events in “Tweet” form • Create a new Twitter account dedicated to a particular social topic and have it keep track of students’ collective tweets Source: “How to Use Twitter in the Classroom”, http://www.docstoc.com/docs/5649046/How-To-Use-Twitter-in-the-Classroom
How Twitter can be used in different subject areasSCIENCE • Have students gather information from their followers about the current temperature from where they are; analyze information and create a graph with results • Have students summarize different scientific processes in “tweet” form • Have students follow a scientist of interest and have them write a summary of that person’s professional activities over the course of a week • Teachers “tweet” an unbalanced chemical equation; students reply with their tweets of the balanced chemical equation Source: “How to Use Twitter in the Classroom”, http://www.docstoc.com/docs/5649046/How-To-Use-Twitter-in-the-Classroom
How Twitter can be used in different subject areasFOREIGN LANGUAGE • Convert the language that you view the tweets in to your respective language (Spanish, French, etc.) and ask students to translate what is being “tweeted” by others • Have students tweet sentences in your respective language and have them reply to the tweets in that languagePHYSICAL EDUCATION • Have students tweet their daily progress in an exercise regimen; for example, # of laps run, # of reps lifted, etc.
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