Engagement 2.0: Using Social
        Networking Web Apps to Increase
            Interaction and Learning



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Social Software*...
                 • ...enables people to rendezvous, connect or
                        collaborate thr...
Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g




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Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g




Wednesday, October 7,
Interaction and learning with
                    online collaboration
                 • Agenda for meetings (Google Docs...
Google Docs
    •    Online documents, edited and
         stored within a browser with
         Word-like interface

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Agenda for Meetings
    •    Document between student
         and advisor

         •    Shared agenda, updated
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Shared calendar
    •    Keep track of upcoming
         deadlines for conferences,
         fellowships, grant
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Dropbox
                 • Store and share documents online
                 • Software syncs your computer files with
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iPhone support
    •    Access whatever files you put
         in dropbox from your iPhone

    •    Basic support for view...
Middle school setup
     • Description http://perez.cs.vt.edu/bns-computers
     • One dropbox account for all computers
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Twitter.com




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Casual conversation with the
 world
    •    Different people catch what
         you say and repeat it (RT)

    •    Tur...
Student from CS 5774 Fall 2008


            “The class twitter account served as a nice
            platform for the clas...
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Communication technology continues to evolve. In the process, we (educators) continue to explore how to best use them in the classroom to stimulate discussion and support learning. In this session, Dr. Evia (English) and Dr. Perez-Quinones (Computer Science) will describe how some of these new communication technologies can be incorporated into the classroom environment. Hands-on demonstrations of some of these technologies, including Twitter, blogging, and Google Docs, we be key components of this short course.

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Engagement 2.0: Using Social Networking Web Apps to Increase Interaction and Learning

  1. 1. Engagement 2.0: Using Social Networking Web Apps to Increase Interaction and Learning Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones Carlos Evia Dept. of Computer Science Dept. of English perez@cs.vt.edu carlos.evia@vt.edu http://perez.cs.vt.edu http://faculty.english.vt.edu/evia/ Wednesday, October 7,
  2. 2. Social Software*... • ...enables people to rendezvous, connect or collaborate through computer-mediated communication [Wikipedia] • 55% of all American youth (ages 12-17) use some form of social networking site [Pew Internet & American Life Project, Lenhart 2007] * social software is sometimes a synonym for Web 2.0 2 Wednesday, October 7,
  3. 3. Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g Wednesday, October 7,
  4. 4. Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g Wednesday, October 7,
  5. 5. Interaction and learning with online collaboration • Agenda for meetings (Google Docs) • Common calendar deadlines, conferences, trips (Shared calendar) • Shared documents folder (Dropbox) • Quick communication/collaboration (Twitter) 4 Wednesday, October 7,
  6. 6. Google Docs • Online documents, edited and stored within a browser with Word-like interface • Share document with each student • Use for agenda or common notes, document writing, etc. • Publication plans • Forms (with data gathering) • etc... Wednesday, October 7,
  7. 7. Agenda for Meetings • Document between student and advisor • Shared agenda, updated ahead of time (often by student) • I check agenda before meeting and address issues • Keeps record of previous meetings • Marissa Mayer's how to run a meeting • http://www.businessweek.com/ smallbiz/content/sep2006/ sb20060927_259688.htm Wednesday, October 7,
  8. 8. D em Documents shared o • Publications plans • NSF Proposal in the making • Forms/Spreadsheets for data gathering 7 Wednesday, October 7,
  9. 9. Shared calendar • Keep track of upcoming deadlines for conferences, fellowships, grant opportunities, events, etc. • Group responsibility to post/ manage • Google Docs, iCal or even Exchange • Student benefit of seeing when I am in the office Wednesday, October 7,
  10. 10. D Calendar em o • Quick demo • Google Calendar - conference deadlines, CDC • Personal Calendar • Family, Work, Others Wednesday, October 7,
  11. 11. Dropbox • Store and share documents online • Software syncs your computer files with their online repository • Can have multiple computers per account • Share folders transparently • Free software, limit of 2GB; paid option for more storage 10 Wednesday, October 7,
  12. 12. Share with many D em o • Thesis folder, shared with student • Book, shared with co-authors • Folder shared with family • Software folder, shared with middle school teachers • Grant folder, shared with coPIs • Others for me, available on my iPod touch, on web Wednesday, October 7,
  13. 13. iPhone support • Access whatever files you put in dropbox from your iPhone • Basic support for viewing content (but not editing) • New iPhone App (haven’t played with it yet) Wednesday, October 7,
  14. 14. Middle school setup • Description http://perez.cs.vt.edu/bns-computers • One dropbox account for all computers • All contents automatically replicated to all • Parent’s home computer has their own dropbox • Kids folder shared with parent’s account • Teacher’s see all content at their workstation, no submission of work needed • Can see from home without moving materials 13 Wednesday, October 7,
  15. 15. Twitter.com D em o • Micro blogging platform • Has been used in courses to support “contextualized” • Status (what are you doing) teaching (teaching in the moment) service • Inform your friends, be • I use it to post announcements informed about their status and updates to course materials, and to interact with • “Follow” friends, famous students in short bursts people, or single words • Follow us: mapq and carlosevia • Updates can be received via email, SMS (to your phone), desktop client, etc. 14 Wednesday, October 7,
  16. 16. Casual conversation with the world • Different people catch what you say and repeat it (RT) • Turn taking conversation online (asynchronous) • Global conversation D em o Wednesday, October 7,
  17. 17. Student from CS 5774 Fall 2008 “The class twitter account served as a nice platform for the class participants to built rapport and exchange thoughts and ideas. On a personal note, […] whenever I wanted a clarification, I just sent him a private message on Twitter and got back a quick reply.” 16 Wednesday, October 7,
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  19. 19. slideshare.net 18 Wednesday, October 7,
  20. 20. D em Embeddable... o • Because all content is on the web, it can be embedded in other pages • See http://happy.cs.vt.edu/fdi09/ 19 Wednesday, October 7,
  21. 21. Questions? Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones Carlos Evia Dept. of Computer Science Dept. of English perez@cs.vt.edu carlos.evia@vt.edu http://perez.cs.vt.edu http://faculty.english.vt.edu/evia/ Twitter: mapq Twitter: carlosevia 20 Wednesday, October 7,

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