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Social Software in Education <ul><li>Meredith Farkas </li></ul><ul><li>Norwich University </li></ul>
Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teac...
At the same time… The Web has also changed
Web 1.0 Democratized Access to Information
Web 2.0: Democratized Participation
Social Software <ul><li>To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at least two of the following conditions: </li>...
Characteristics of Social Software
Easy content creation and sharing
Online Collaboration
Conversations
Conversations
Capitalizing on the wisdom  of crowds
Transparency
Transparency
Personalization
Portability
Social Software Applications in Education
Blogs <ul><li>How do you define a medium used by teenagers, Nobel Prize-winners, car companies, rock bands and educators? ...
Blogs <ul><li>Frequently updated website where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order. </li></ul><ul><li>Us...
Course Management System
Faculty Communication with Students/Parents
Faculty Communication with Students/Parents
Reflective Learning
Reflective Learning
Reflective Learning
Reflective Learning
Discussion
Discussion
Discussion
Language or Writing Practice
Language or Writing Practice
Share Ideas/Get Feedback
Wikis <ul><li>Allow a group of people to develop a website without any web design skills </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul...
Courseware
Courseware
Courseware
Group Projects
Collaborative Resource Guides
Social Networking Software <ul><li>Online community with the  goal of building identity and publicly articulating one’s so...
Courseware
Feedback Mechanism
Feedback Mechanism
Portal to Library/School Content
Portal to Library/School Content
Portal to Library/School Content
Podcast <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated through RSS. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><u...
Lectures and Guest Speakers
Student Projects
Student Projects
News and Marketing
Language Classes
Screencasting <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Movie taken of one’s desktop. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
Recording Lectures
Comments on Student Papers
Tutorials
Things to Consider
Avoid  technolust
Don’t assume all of your students are tech-savvy
Play with  technology! Kick the tires!
Don’t be afraid to try things out with your students
Don’t be afraid to let your students “drive”
Consider the maintenance burden and sustainability of any technology
<ul><li>These are just tools! </li></ul>
Thanks!
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  1. 1. Social Software in Education <ul><li>Meredith Farkas </li></ul><ul><li>Norwich University </li></ul>
  2. 2. Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach . -Mark Prensky, “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.”
  3. 3. At the same time… The Web has also changed
  4. 4. Web 1.0 Democratized Access to Information
  5. 5. Web 2.0: Democratized Participation
  6. 6. Social Software <ul><li>To be defined as social software, a tool must meet at least two of the following conditions: </li></ul><ul><li>it allows people to communicate, collaborate and build community online. </li></ul><ul><li>it can be syndicated, shared, reused or remixed, or it facilitates syndication. </li></ul><ul><li>it allows people to easily learn from and capitalize on the behavior or knowledge of others. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Characteristics of Social Software
  8. 8. Easy content creation and sharing
  9. 9. Online Collaboration
  10. 10. Conversations
  11. 11. Conversations
  12. 12. Capitalizing on the wisdom of crowds
  13. 13. Transparency
  14. 14. Transparency
  15. 15. Personalization
  16. 16. Portability
  17. 17. Social Software Applications in Education
  18. 18. Blogs <ul><li>How do you define a medium used by teenagers, Nobel Prize-winners, car companies, rock bands and educators? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Blogs <ul><li>Frequently updated website where postings are displayed in reverse chronological order. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Course management system </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty communication with students/parents </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective learning </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Language or writing practice </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share ideas/get feedback </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Course Management System
  21. 21. Faculty Communication with Students/Parents
  22. 22. Faculty Communication with Students/Parents
  23. 23. Reflective Learning
  24. 24. Reflective Learning
  25. 25. Reflective Learning
  26. 26. Reflective Learning
  27. 27. Discussion
  28. 28. Discussion
  29. 29. Discussion
  30. 30. Language or Writing Practice
  31. 31. Language or Writing Practice
  32. 32. Share Ideas/Get Feedback
  33. 33. Wikis <ul><li>Allow a group of people to develop a website without any web design skills </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Courseware </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group Projects </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboratively-developed resource guides </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Courseware
  35. 35. Courseware
  36. 36. Courseware
  37. 37. Group Projects
  38. 38. Collaborative Resource Guides
  39. 39. Social Networking Software <ul><li>Online community with the goal of building identity and publicly articulating one’s social network. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Courseware </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Portal to library/school content </li></ul>
  40. 40. Courseware
  41. 41. Feedback Mechanism
  42. 42. Feedback Mechanism
  43. 43. Portal to Library/School Content
  44. 44. Portal to Library/School Content
  45. 45. Portal to Library/School Content
  46. 46. Podcast <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audio broadcast in MP3 format syndicated through RSS. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures and guest speakers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student projects </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>News and marketing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Language classes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  47. 47. Lectures and Guest Speakers
  48. 48. Student Projects
  49. 49. Student Projects
  50. 50. News and Marketing
  51. 51. Language Classes
  52. 52. Screencasting <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Movie taken of one’s desktop. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Uses: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recording lectures </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commenting on student papers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  53. 53. Recording Lectures
  54. 54. Comments on Student Papers
  55. 55. Tutorials
  56. 56. Things to Consider
  57. 57. Avoid technolust
  58. 58. Don’t assume all of your students are tech-savvy
  59. 59. Play with technology! Kick the tires!
  60. 60. Don’t be afraid to try things out with your students
  61. 61. Don’t be afraid to let your students “drive”
  62. 62. Consider the maintenance burden and sustainability of any technology
  63. 63. <ul><li>These are just tools! </li></ul>
  64. 64. Thanks!
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