Co-funded by the European Union , through the Comenius Programme WWW and educational uses for teachers
Word Wide Web
WWW Educational Uses
The World Wide Web , abbreviated as WWW and commonly known as The Web, is a system of interlinked hypertext documents contained on the Internet. With a web browser, one can view web pages that may contain text, images, videos, and other multimedia and navigate between them by using hyperlinks.
WWW Global Statistics 542 Million Hosts (ISC Jan 2008) 1,464 Million Users (InternetWorldStats.com, June 30, 2008)
Word Wide Web and Education
Because of its hyper media and distance delivery capacities, the Web has certainly shown its potential for building “ EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS ” in a larger sense. We can distinguish among:
Campus-Wide Information Systems.
Just in Time Open Learning Information
Departmental Education and Research. Courses syllabus (program, grading, exercises, etc.)
Distribution of learning material
Google groups (http://groups.google.com)
Google Groups help users connect with people, access information, and communicate effectively over email and on the web
Search or browse for information: Want to learn about car repair? Have a question about computers? You can find a discussion or a group about it.
Make a group of your own: Why not start your own group? For your family, your softball team... Creating a group is easy - just pick a name and start inviting members.
Join a group: Find something you like? Join straight away, or request an invitation if it's a private group
Discuss online or over email
Create rich, custom pages
Customize your look and graphics
Share files and member information
A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages
Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites
The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis
A type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
Entries are commonly displayed in reversechronological order.
Open educational resources (1/2)
Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials that are freely available for use, remixing and redistribution.
Search PowerPoint presentation on certain thematic areas
Find educational material
Connect with people of common interests
Open educational resources (2/2)
Open educational resources include:
Learning content: full courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
Tools: Software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities.
Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.
WWW educational resources
Thousands of open educational resources and courses are now available using the www , and the number is growing rapidly .
Games are intrinsically motivating (Lepper, 1981)
Fantasy, control, challenge, and curiosity
Games are social experiences
Learning through Play (Rieber, 1996)
Second Life (1/2)
Second Life is used as a platform for education by many institutions, such as colleges, universities, libraries and government entities.
At least 300 universities around the world teach courses or conduct research in SL. New educational institutions have also emerged that operate exclusively within Second Life, taking advantage of the platform to deliver content to a world wide audience at low cost.
Second Life (2/2)
Research has uncovered development, teaching and/or learning activities which use Second Life in over 80 percent of UK universities.
Google Maps Web 2.0 Or do you have a campus map in GIF format: poor quality when printed, not reusable, but at least you own it and you've got the University logo on it.
Can you merge data from 3 rd party sources with your maps, like this merging of Google maps and BBC traffic data?
See http://www.backstage.co.uk for examples.
Mashup – merging information from multiple sources (cf music mashups)
Social Bookmarking / Folksonomies
del.icio.us is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks
Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms (generating a kind of folksonomy).
Social Bookmarking / Folksonomies
Social bookmark services introduced "folksonomies":
Used for bookmarking, shared photos, etc.
Librarians point out flaws in approach
But can miss the potential benefits
Web 2.0 http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/ events/workshops/ucisa-wlf-2004-11/ Looks a good event – I'll bookmark it (with 'UCISA' tag). What else have I bookmarked with the 'UCISA' tag? I notice others have bookmarked the same page. Who are these other people? What are their interest?
As well as resource discovery, social bookmarking can help:
Find related resources (cf Amazon)
http://www.flickr.com/ + “ folksonomies”
Should you "claim your tag" (e.g. "iwmw-2006") and convention (e.g. "leeds-publicity", "leedsmet-graduation-2006") for your photos, Blogs, etc.?
Should you proactively make you photos, etc. available?
W WW has largely been ignored until recently as a powerful educational tool. Scattered throughout cyberspace, one can now find powerful examples of educators, students and researchers experimenting with W WW as a way to teach and to empower students with newfound creative ability. And now that most classrooms are wired to the Internet, the true potential of the Web in education can finally be explored.