Using Facebook and Google Docs for Teaching and Sharing Information

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Educating the Net Generation
The Need for Using Facebook
The Need for Using Google Docs
How to Use Facebook for Teaching
How to Use Google Docs for Sharing and Collaborating
Experiences and Results
Conclusion

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Using Facebook and Google Docs for Teaching and Sharing Information

  1. 1. Using Facebook and GoogleDocs for Teaching and Sharing Information Asst. Prof. Dr. Kanda Runapongsa Saikaew Affiliations: 1) Department of Computer Engineering 2) Associate Director at Computer Center Khon Khon University A. Muang, Khon Kaen, Thailand The Asian Conference on Education (ACE 2011) http://ace.iafor.org
  2. 2. Agenda•  Educating the Net Generation•  The Need for Using Facebook•  The Need for Using Google Docs•  How to Use Facebook for Teaching•  How to Use Google Docs for Sharing and Collaborating•  Experiences and Results•  Conclusion Oct 30, 2011 2
  3. 3. Educating the Net Generation•  "The Net Gen has been exposed to multiple media types from a young age. Prensky estimates that by the time individuals reach age 21, they will have spent twice as many hours playing video games as reading (10,000 versus 5,000)" [1]•  "They get bored if not challenged properly, but when challenged, they excel in creative and innovative ways. They learn by doing, not by reading the instruction manual or listening to lectures. These are the learners that faculty must reach" [1] Oct 30, 2011 3
  4. 4. The Net Generation as College Students [1]•  "Ability to read visual images—they are intuitive visual communicators"•  "Visual-spatial skills—perhaps because of their expertise with games they can integrate the virtual and physical"•  "Inductive discovery—they learn better through discovery than by being told"•  "Attentional deployment—they are able to shift their attention rapidly from one task to another, and may choose not to pay attention to things that don’t interest them"•  "Fast response time—they are able to respond quickly and expect rapid responses in return 18" Oct 30, 2011 4
  5. 5. Understanding the Net Generation [1]•  "Digitally Literate o  Students are more likely to use the Internet for research than the library (73 percent)"•  "Connected o  They are constantly connected and always on"•  "Immediate o  They have fast response times, whether playing a game or responding to an IM. In fact, more value may be placed on speed than on accuracy"•  "Experimental o  Most Net Gen learners prefer to learn by doing rather by being told what to do" Oct 30, 2011 5
  6. 6. Understanding the Net Generation [1]•  "Social o  The Net Gen has developed a mechanism of inclusiveness that does not necessarily involve personally knowing someone admitted to their group o  Being a friend of a friend is acceptable"•  "Teams o  The Net Gen often prefers to learn and work in teams. o  A peer-to-peer approach is common, as well, where students help each other o  Net Geners find peers more credible than teachers when it comes to determining what is worth paying attention to" Oct 30, 2011 6
  7. 7. The Net Generation and the Technology in Learning [1]•  "The Net Gen views the Internet as an access tool— a medium for distribution of resources rather than a resource with limitations"•  "Net Geners use technology extensively to network and socialize. In their personal lives, buddy lists, virtual communities, and social networks such as Flickr or Orkut are heavily used"•  "They thrive on immediate gratification. The expectation of immediacy holds true for access to friends, services, and responses to questions. Oct 30, 2011 7
  8. 8. Agenda•  Educating the Net Generation•  The Need for Using Facebook•  The Need for Using Google Docs•  How to Use Facebook for Teaching•  How to Use Google Docs for Sharing and Collaborating•  Experiences and Results•  Conclusion Oct 30, 2011 8
  9. 9. What is Facebook?Home: Posts and Status Updates of Friends and Pages Oct 30, 2011 9
  10. 10. What is Facebook?Our Profile: Posts and Status Updates of Each Individual Oct 30, 2011 10
  11. 11. Worldwide Facebook Usage Statistics [2]•  773.77M Facebook Users Worldwide (As of Oct 29, 2011) Oct 30, 2011 11
  12. 12. Thailand Facebook Usage Statistics [3]•  Statistics from Socialbakers.com (As of Oct 29, 2011) o  Facebook penetration in Thailand is19.40% compared to the countrys population and 73.67% in relation to number of Internet users o  The total number of FB users in Thailand is reaching 12 881 800 and grew by more than 3 754 860 in the last 6 months Oct 30, 2011 12
  13. 13. User age distribution on Facebook in Thailand [3]•  The largest age group is currently 18 - 24 with total of 4 250 994 users (about 34%), followed by the users in the age of 25 - 34 (about 29%) Oct 30, 2011 13
  14. 14. Agenda•  Educating the Net Generation•  The Need for Using Facebook•  The Need for Using Google Docs•  How to Use Facebook for Teaching•  How to Use Google Docs for Sharing and Collaborating•  Experiences and Results•  Conclusion Oct 30, 2011 14
  15. 15. The Need for Using Google Docs Oct 30, 2011 15
  16. 16. Collaborating via Google Docs•  Can set the permissions for everyone or specific people•  Can set the right to view, comment or edit Oct 30, 2011 16
  17. 17. Real Time Sharing CollaborationIf multiple people are editing or viewing your spreadsheet at thesame time, youll see their names listed at the top Oct 30, 2011 17
  18. 18. Google Docs Supports Real-Time Collaboration [4]•  Documents o  Fifty people can edit a document at the same time. You can share a document with up to 200 people•  Spreadsheets o  A total of 50 people can edit a spreadsheet simultaneously. You can share a spreadsheet with 200 collaborators and/or viewers•  Presentations o  10 people can edit a presentation at the same time. However, you can share a presentation with up to 200 people (whether you add collaborators or viewers, the total cannot exceed 200 people)•  Drawing o  Up to 50 people can edit and view a drawing at the same time. Oct 30, 2011 18
  19. 19. Agenda•  Educating the Net Generation•  The Need for Using Facebook•  The Need for Using Google Docs•  How to Use Facebook for Teaching•  How to Use Google Docs for Sharing and Collaborating•  Experiences and Results•  Conclusion Oct 30, 2011 19
  20. 20. How to Use Facebook for Teaching•  Creating Facebook Group with Type Closed/Secret o  Closed: Anyone can see the group and whos in it. Only members see posts o  Secret: Only members see the group, whos in it, and what members post.•  Writing Post o  Suitable for real time information o  Unsuitable for information to be kept and referenced•  Adding Photo/Video o  Suitable for visual information•  Asking Question•  Using Facebook Docs o  Suitable for a document with a single editor o  Unsuitable for a document with multiple editors 20 Oct 30, 2011
  21. 21. Facebook Group for Teaching Oct 30, 2011 21
  22. 22. Information and Interface of Activities•  Important information described above the group name•  Users can choose to perform a given activity Oct 30, 2011 22
  23. 23. A Post•  In the post, we can add a link of another web resource Oct 30, 2011 23
  24. 24. A Photo•  Best for describing what viewers/readers need to perceive visually Oct 30, 2011 24
  25. 25. A Question/Poll•  Best for asking opinions or getting the most favorited choice for the majority of people in the group Oct 30, 2011 25
  26. 26. A Facebook Doc Status•  After finishing saving a document edited, the status has been posted in the group Oct 30, 2011 26
  27. 27. A Facebook Doc Interface Oct 30, 2011 27
  28. 28. Agenda•  Educating the Net Generation•  The Need for Using Facebook•  The Need for Using Google Docs•  How to Use Facebook for Teaching•  How to Use Google Docs for Sharing and Collaborating•  Experiences and Results•  Conclusion Oct 30, 2011 28
  29. 29. Using Google Docs for Teaching•  Collection o  Organize related files•  Spreadsheet o  Students names and their information o  Students scores•  Documents o  Lecture notes o  Group projects links•  Forms o  Students’ information or survey•  Sharing documents with others o  Can edit o  Can view o  Can comment Oct 30, 2011 29
  30. 30. Organizing Information in Collection•  Use a collection to store related documents such as documents that are used in the same semester Oct 30, 2011 30
  31. 31. Using Google Docs in Teaching Oct 30, 2011 31
  32. 32. Using Spreadsheet to Share Scores Oct 30, 2011 32
  33. 33. Using Document as Lecture Note Oct 30, 2011 33
  34. 34. Using Form to Get Info or Survey Oct 30, 2011 34
  35. 35. Sharing Documents with Others Oct 30, 2011 35
  36. 36. Sharing Docs for Teaching Team•  Teaching assistants create and edit the lab scores via Google Docs•  Students can only view the lab scores Oct 30, 2011 36
  37. 37. Sharing Docs for Students•  Students post their project proposal links, report links, and slide presentation links Oct 30, 2011 37
  38. 38. Sharing Comments in the Docs Oct 30, 2011 38
  39. 39. Agenda•  Educating the Net Generation•  The Need for Using Facebook•  The Need for Using Google Docs•  How to Use Facebook for Teaching•  How to Use Google Docs for Sharing and Collaborating•  Experiences and Results•  Conclusion Oct 30, 2011 39
  40. 40. Experiences using Facebook for Teaching•  Have used Facebook group for formal courses o  188230 Advanced Computer Programming o  188371 XML and Web Services o  188372 Wireless Devices Programming o  188746 Programming for Android•  Have used Facebook group for advising students o  Groups of senior projects and co-op projects o  Groups of graduate students o  Groups of students who are interested in software competitions Oct 30, 2011 40
  41. 41. Sample Facebook Groups for Teaching Oct 30, 2011 41
  42. 42. Results Oct 30, 2011 42
  43. 43. Conclusion•  Teachers and educators should embrace social media for interacting and sharing information with students or learners (the net generation)•  Facebook is appropriate for o  Informing about announcements and assignments o  Exchanging opinions and comments•  Google Docs is appropriate for o  Sharing information for students to view and edit o  Having students see our comments in their documents Oct 30, 2011 43
  44. 44. References•  [1] Diana G. Oblinger and James L. Oblinger, Editors, "Educating the Net Generation", http://net.educause.edu/ir/ library/pdf/pub7101.pdf•  [2] SocialBakers, "Facebook Statistics by Country", http:// www.socialbakers.com/facebook-statistics/•  [3] SocialBakers, "Thailand Facebook Statistics" , http:// www.socialbakers.com/facebook-statistics/thailand•  [4] Google, "Google Docs: About real-time collaboration", https://docs.google.com/support/bin/ answer.py?answer=44680 Oct 30, 2011 44
  45. 45. Thank You•  Slides •  http://www.slideshare.net/krunapon•  Social Network •  http://www.twitter.com/krunapon •  http://www.facebook.com/tom.kanda •  http://gplus.to/tom.kanda•  Official web site •  http://gear.kku.ac.th/~krunapon•  IT blog •  http://gotoknow.org/blog/krunapon Oct 30, 2011 45
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