In the article, How Web 2.0 Has Changed the Face of Education*, Tony Richardson of the National Computing Centre defines Web 2.0 as “a shift towards new ways of using the web as a platform for tools and services that have an emphasis on user participation and interaction”
Richardson offers the following as the advantages of Web 2.0:
Offering new opportunities for learners to take more control of their learning and access their own customized information and resources;
Encouraging pupils to have a greater creative input into how they present their work;
Allowing more collaborative ways of working, with community creation, dialogue and knowledge sharing;
Giving pupils the opportunity to showcase their achievements to an authentic audience, often using non-traditional media such as video.
*Richardson, T. How Web 2.0 Has Changed the Face of Education. Downloaded from http://www.nccmembership.co.uk/pooled/articles/BF_WEBART/view.asp?Q=BF_WEBART_305924 on June 15, 2009
Web 2.0 can exploit the Internet's educational potential for social learning and teaching, as well as informal learning, and bring in an increased emphasis on autonomy, interactivity, creativity and collaboration. However, using Web 2.0 for learning is more about particular methods and approaches to teaching than introducing a new set of technologies and tools.
Read “Moving toward Web 2.0 in K-12 Education” blog
Twitter is a social network in which messages, or tweets, are sent to answer the question, “What are you doing?” Tweets are limited to 140 characters. My twitter name is johno2128. You can follow another person’s tweets through the “Find People” option, entering a person’s name or account name and then clicking on the Follow button to the right of the person’s entry
Twitter has increasingly been in the news of late. One of the examples of the power of social networks such as Twitter has been it’s use in the unrest in Iran. View these articles to learn how twittering has been being used in this capacity:
Iran's Protests: Why Twitter Is theMedium of the Movement
Twittering the Revolution
Twitter & Facebook almost go down with news of Michael Jackson’s death
The wikipedia page on Social Bookmarking states the following:
“ Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata, typically in the form of tags that collectively and/or collaboratively become a folksonomy.”
We’ll have a 30 to 45 minute group chat on Tuesday, July 21st to discuss Web 2.0 and Social Networking concepts and ensure that everyone understands the requirements of the course. An agreed upon time will be established via the eCampus “Chat Availability Times” discussion board (located within the Week One icon on eCampus) on Monday, July 20th . It is critical that you post, as early in the day as possible, the times that you are available to this discussion board and read the posting from me of the established time once I’ve determined the best time based on everyone’s availability. Also, please print a copy of the syllabus and have it available during the chat.
Choose the “Chat Tues., July 21 st -Time TBD” button from the eCampus home page to enter the chat a few minutes before the designated time
You will need to join the “Web 2.0 and You Course” social network on Ning ( www.ning.com ). You will receive an invitation on Monday, July 20 th from me via your Mix account which will allow you to sign up for an account and join the social network. You will need to do the following for this assignment which is due Wednesday, July 22nd
add a photo as part of your Ning profile,
write a brief biography as part of your profile,
write something on my Comment Wall, and
create a time line of your life history with at least 5 events at the xTimeLine site and then post a link within Ning to your time line.
Post a message on the “Social Network Profile Assignment” discussion board when you’ve completed this assignment
You'll need to create a blog post on the Ning site by Thursday, July 23rd that discusses your thoughts about Social Networking in relation to the following questions:
What have been your experiences with Social Networking Sites such as FaceBook, MySpace, LinkedIn or Twitter?
How might you use Social Networking sites to your advantage professionally, academically and personally?
Of what types of things have you learned to be careful when considered the use of Social Networking sites?
Post a message on the “Social Networking Blog Post” discussion topic when you've completed your blog posting to indicate to the other class members' that they may comment on your blog posting. You are also required to comment on two other students' blog postings by Saturday, July 25th .
To create a blog on Ning:
Be sure that you are logged into the “Web 2.0 and You Course” social network
Click on the “My Page” tab
Click on the “Blog Posts” option within the left-hand column
Enter your post and ensure that Everyone can view and comment on your post
Finally, click the “Publish Post” button at the bottom