EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: FREE WEB-BASED TOOLS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER! Heidi Dusek Youth & Family Coordinator, Outagamie County UW-Extension
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Research is sited on most slides, however much of my information comes from the PEW Research Center: Internet & Technology http://pewresearch.org/topics/internetandtechnology/
Definitions came from: www.techterms.com
Strengths in using technology?
Engage audience- youth, others
Popular means for staying connected to others
Weaknesses in using technology?
Lack of understanding (staff/audience)
Policies restricting access
Less human interaction
Opportunities technology can provide?
New programming format
Reach newer/diverse audiences
Source of knowledge
Could save staff time and resources
constantly evolving- becoming more user friendly
Threats in using technology?
Keeping up with the changes
Virtual replacing “real life”
Who is YOUR audience?
Did You Know?
3.0 for 2008 Newly Revised Edition Created by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod; Globalization & The Information Age
PEW Internet and American LIFE project, Generations online in 2009
All Whites (75%) All Blacks (59%) English-Speaking Hispanics (80%) 73%* of the population reports using the internet or email. Here is a breakdown of use among different online groups. (shown as a percentage of population online) 18-29 Years Old (90%) 30-49 Years Old (85%) 50-64 Years Old (70%) 65+ Years Old (35%) No High School Degree (44%) College Graduates (91%) <$30K Income (53%) >$75K Income (95%) Men (73%) Women (73%) *Source: Pew Internet & American Life Survey, May 2008. http://www.pewinternet.org ** This statistic comes from the Pew Internet Project’s Latinos Online data, collected June-October, 2006. High School Graduates (63%) Urban (74%) Rural (63%) Suburban (77%) Spanish-Dominant Hispanics (32%)**
What is most relevant to teens? (Ages 12-17) : PEW Research: Internet & Tech
97% play computer, web, portable, or console games (Guitar Hero most frequently played), 78% play games online
71% are cell phone owners (of them 38% send text messages daily
64% have created content on the internet (35% blog, 54% post photos)
65% use social networking sites
32% have been a target of cyber bullying
Risks and Considerations
Who is your audience? Is it appropriate?
Privacy (settings/expected behavior)
Copyright & Fair Use
Terms of Service Agreement - liability, who owns the content
Accountability - how do people find your content
Life of the Data (permission to post)
Stability of site/Security
Before getting connected….
Web 2.0 tools
Interact with other applications (widgets)
Integrated, often using RSS
Real Simple Syndication
Means for individual profiles
Examples: Facebook, MySpace, Linked In, Ning
Ways to Use Social Networking
Extend your network- find connections with others -staff (network, program development, communication)
Real-Simple-Syndication. By having an RSS feed/aggregator, websites that you subscribe to will update in your RSS, rather than you having to go to different website for current content. It’s like having an INBOX for the web. RSS in Plain English -video
Examples: Google Reader, Bloglines, Pageflakes
Similar to a real-life bookmark
A marker for a Web site. (In Internet Explorer, they're called "Favorites“).
journal entries posted on a Web page-given a personalized URL address.
Allows ANYONE to be an author
Examples: Wordpress, Blogger, Twitter
How are youth workers using blogs?
Managing a blog
Establish content- long or short
Updates (at least 2x per month)
Make others aware of your blog (clients, partners)
Can embed multimedia into blog
Can embed blog into other networks (Facebook)
What is Twitter ?
140 character limit
Integrates into other web 2.0
Allows web and mobile updates
Tweet: Twitter posting
Who uses twitter?
Twitter, Tweets, Tweeps
Integrate with Facebook status
Tools for Twitter
TwitPic: add photos to your tweet
Twubble: find Tweeps (twitter users)
Wikis: a Web site that allows users to add and update content. (public or private)
PBWorks, Wikispaces, Wet-Paint
Collaborative editing and file sharing
Images, video, audio
TONS of open source software for editing and sharing
PLEASE remember to get permission to post. You are required by law to obtain release forms and maintain them for the life of the media.
How are youth workers using multimedia?
Marketing - picture is worth a thousand words
Demonstrate impacts of programming
Measuring participant experience
Photo editing and Sharing
GIMP/Pixlr- open source for high end photo editing (similar to Photoshop-but free)
Flickr- create groups for organization to share photos ( classroom display example )
Picassa –requires download. Integrated with Google. Also includes Collage and presentation tools
Cooliris -fast, cinematic way to view pictures in 3-D
Foto Flexer -easy-to-use photo editing that integrates with the major online photo-sharing sites
Gabcast - Create a podcast using your phone!
Kid-Cast - A podcast hosting site for kids.
podOmatic - Create, find, and share podcasts at this site!
Video Editing and Sharing
Teacher tube- video sharing site for teachers. Bypasses most filters typically blocked by youtube.
Youtube- free web-based platform to publish videos. Can easily embed into other Web 2.0
Animoto - Upload images to this site, select your music and it applies all the transitions and creates a customized a video. Easy-to-use, and very high quality!
Jing - create short (<5 minutes) screen capture videos with audio support. Free download and server space to store and share the videos you have created.
SlideRocket - With SlideRocket you quickly make stunning presentations, manage a library of slides and assets, share them securely with colleagues, and measure how they're used
Slideshare - upload PowerPoint presentations to share publicly or privately. LIke YouTube, but for presentations.
Using photography to collect data
Before and after photos of community service activities; project activity; skill development program, camp, etc.
Photos taken over the course of a project to show development and changes
Engage youth in taking and interpreting their own photos
Example . You want to know what the camp experience means to youth. You randomly select a group of campers who are asked to take photos during camp. The photographers then gather in small groups to discuss their photos, why they took the photo, what it means to them, etc. Comments and remarks are recorded.
This can be done online by using Flickr , Picasa (requires google user name/free download)
Bubbl.us : allows groups or individuals brainstorm online. Can embed mind map into blog or save as an image.
Online tools to assist with the various forms of data collection
When using journaling to collect evaluation data, be clear about what you want to know and give them a list of questions to address.
Space might be designated for days events; feelings about the events; reflection on what was learned; what actions they will take.
group journal where all members write and share their experiences and thoughts in a combined effort.
Online tools to track responses
Micro blogging- Twitter , status updates on Facebook (or other social networking site)
If you have a Blog- create a post and ask participants to post comments (Blog sites include: Wordpress , Blogger )
Text messaging- both twitter and status updates can be done via texting, otherwise a separate platform for participants to text in their thoughts
Designing a Questionaire
Don’t forget about technology
Zoomerang online tool which allows one to design a survey, share the link to intended audience, collect responses and analyze data. UW-Extension has subscription, work with State program area to initiate the process.
Surveymonkey - online tool which allows one to design a survey, share the link to intended audience, collect responses and analyze data. Free, has some limitations
Interactive tools/Audience feedback
Poll Everywhere Ask your audience a question, they answer with a SMS text message. Results update live in your web browser or PowerPoint…just like American Idol or Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Free version available
Clickers/Turning point Software: Similar concept as poll everywhere. Requires software and clickers. Some districts do have a set available for check out.
Where are millionaires likely to shop? Answer Now
Group work: Focus Groups, interviews
Challenge: how to record and review data
Voicethread : group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. It’s a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. Allows people to navigate pages and leave comments 5 different ways- using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Users can also doodle (creative expression). All can be exported to mp3 player or DVD.
Data Analysis & Interpretation
These tools can be helpful to assist with putting data into a user friendly format.
Gliffy Free web-based diagram software
Zoho-Creator : Create databases that your team members can access over the web. Create your own forms/tables or import data from standard formats (.xls .csv .mdb) and get your database application online within minutes, really!
Mnemograph (now timeglider) : An online application that creates great-looking timelines. Free version can import links, RSS, images and more. Helpful for tracking Long-term outcomes/impacts
Just know these applications exist to help you
If they sound exciting, try to incorporate just 1-2 into your programming.
Take a deep breathe- this is not a reporting requirement!