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  • Hello everyone and welcome to the Division of Information Technology’s weekly webinar series. I am Lauren Neimeyer the web 2.0 specialist in the Learning Technologies group and today I am going to be talking a little bit about some Web 2.0 tools that you can use to supplement your instruction. You may be getting bored of using the same old PowerPoints this session will cover a few tools that you can use as alternatives to that. Feel free to ask questions at anytime throughout the presentation.
  • Overview of Tools – I could probably do an entire presentation on each of these tools so I am going to do a scaled back overview of some of what I think are the main highlights and features.
  • I consider Web 2.0 tools broken down into four main categories: Collaboration (Collaborative Team documents, Ongoing Team collaboration, presence and momentum) , Community building (Introductions, Collecting ideas, wrap up the journey, polling the class), and Demonstrations of Learning (This would be your student’s reflections, team products, etc) And finally of course today’s topic Content Delivery tools. Content delivery can be defined as a number of things in a class. Introduction to content – Pixton, Voki – talking AvatarSelf-paced Content Presentation – Prezi or Slideshare, students view content at their own pace. Video Presentation – Screencast-o-matic, Jing – both are free tools. Jing 5 free minutes, screen castomatic – 15 free minutes , New Explain Everything and Educreationsscreencasting for iPads. Haven’t tested them out yet. Animoto also for a quick introduction or summary.
  • With all Web 2.0 tools you always need to keep in mind the following Considerations for Selection-What is your Purpose or Intended Learning? Not just technology for technology’s sake. Should be to enhance your content not distract from student learning. Access is two fold. Do your students have access to technology where they can view the presentation? For the most part this is a yes. Mostly a concern for instructors in the K-12 environment but if you are in the Education department and have students who are student teaching this could be a concern. The second part of Access is Accessibility. – Always write a script. This is beneficial two fold in that you stay on task with what you want to say and it also provides a transcript that you can provide for anyone learning impaired. There are some tools that you can even upload the notes and they can be accessed with the presentations. (SlideShare, SlideBoom has CC). If you are using a tool where you convert a PowerPoint into an online presentatation then you may want to consider posting your original PowerPoint as well. Cost – When Web 2.0 tools are free it sometimes mean that there are advertisements or limitations. Some sites feature Education plans where you can sign up using an .edu email address and they remove advertisments. Others you have to pay for this. Appearance – Goes along with cost a little with the advertisements, is it too distracting. Security – Is my course content secure? Some tools offer options where anyone with a link from the instructor can view the content, does it make it automatically public and are there privacy settings I need to get into in order to find. Stability – Is the site reliable? I suggest Always having a Back up plan – We all know that although amazing, sometimes Technology does fail us. There is an online poster tool you may have heard of called Glogster. As much as I think the concept is great, everytime I created an online poster using the tool and go to showcase it to instructors or even one time at a poster presentation at a conference it seems to be down. Even this week I thought maybe I’d check it out give it another chance and guess what the site was down again! Sorry Glogster but I think I have to give you a thumbs down. This is why it is important to have a back up plan. Stay confident and if you don’t feel comfortable keep practicing until you feel like you have it down. Most. Staying confident will help you stay in charge of the situation and help it from escalating to a panic situation with the students and yourself. If you are using a tool where you upload your Usability – Is the tool easy to use? Will there be a learning curve for students, do they need to download anything?
  • SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. With 60 million monthly visitors and 130 million pageviews, it is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. SlideShare supports presentations, documents, PDFs, videos and webinars.Embed on class blogs, wikis, Share on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Students have the ability to download the presentation as well. Choose to make a presentation public or private. Create Slidecast by uploading an .mp3 file that you have created on a tool such as Audacity or any other podcasting or audio recording tool. Then you simply upload it and sync the audio to correspond with the correct slide. Any notes will be listed at the bottom. This is great for accessibility purposes. You can embed YouTube videos inside of your presentations as well. It’s a nice little package where students can have access to all the week’s materials all in one place instead of downloading the PowerPoint then clicking on the YouTube link with slideshare they can access everything at once. Zipcast – brand new feature. This is an option maybe smaller groups of students want to get together informally to talk about the material. You can use webcams, audio, and text. Doesn’t have all the greatest features you would definitely want to use a Wimba classroom for any formal presenting of content but this is a decent informal option. You can upgrade to a ProAccount which gives you access to analytics see who, when and where someone is clicking on your presentation. No Ads, customized channel with your logo, etc. Not really necessary in the education enviroment more a feature for businesses. Add on application in Linked in Where you can embed any presentations uploaded into slide share right onto your profile page. This is a great feature if you want to highlight some of the work you are doing in your class. No Apps but you can browse to it on any mobile device
  • One of my favorite tools which is usually considered more of a collaboration tool can also be used to present information. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Instructors can create and share a VoiceThread with students, for them to record comments too.There is a whiteboard overlay so you can doodle or make notes on slides while commenting. VoiceThreads can be easily embedded to show and receive comments on other websites, class blogs or wikis. After the weeks reading is complete You can exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies for students to review later including all their classmates comments.This example here is a workshop I did last fall and I am using it in more of a collaborative sense. For content delivery you can upload all of your slides and talk through each one. Lessons Learned – Voice thread better for smaller amounts of students. If you have a class of say 70 you would want to break them down into smaller groups. To comment students will need to create their own voice thread account. Free version allows for I believe 5 Voice Threads – If you plan to do more you can use different emails to create different voice thread accounts so this can get a little tricky. $99 for a year account for higher ed instructor. Not too bad iPad App – more of a viewer. You can add any kind of comment, video, voice, text but cannot create a new presentation. This is fine. No app for android but can use the browser.
  • You can create_andplay_tours of places and content. Tours are a guided experience where you fly from one location to another, view terrain and content and look around as you wish. You can create tours that record your exact navigation in the 3D window and even add audio. You can then_share_these tours with other Google Earth version 5 or later users. Geography course could create a tour exploring topography or various terrains – on land and even underwater You can even track daylightYou can take a tour that already exists and add your own voice overlay on top of it by clicking the video camera option. Click the Earth Gallery option to search tours created by other users. Great place to start from to get your bearings. Layers feature lets you turn off and on various views so you can Map of moon, sky, and mars – Shows lunar landing spots, view images, videos of Apps for download on iPad and Android
  • Learning curve with Prezi give yourself some time to experiment with the tool and play around with it. Don’t Try to avoid using your most verbose lecture for conversion to Prezi. Ideally the Prezi is easy to read, clean and fresh. The more information in a Prezi the more the students are going to want a copy of the notes.Prezi – Sign up for .Edu account (privacy settings, ability to put in your own logo and not see ads. – Poll Everywhere Have fun and be creative. iPad and iPhone Apps but they are view only. No specific android app but you can view in a browser.
  • I am not trying to overwhelm you with options I just want to insprire you and give you a ltitle taste of what is out there. Get your creative juices flowing.Author Stream – can Also broadcast presentations live but does not have the webcam features of slideshare.Slide Rocket – Very cool. Just found this tool. You create presentations within this tool. Can’t upload slides. But you can embed Live Twitter feeds, Youtube videos, enable collaboration, you can upgrade to a paid account and add polling features, etc.
  • Any QuestionsIf you would like to schedule some time to meet with me we can
  • Web 2.0 Content Delivery

    1. 1. Division of Information TechnologyCool Tools: New Web 2.0 Tools for Content Delivery Learning Technologies
    2. 2. Overview What is web 2.0 content delivery? Considerations for using web 2.0 tools in instruction Overview of tools • SlideShare.net • VoiceThread.com • Google Earth • Prezi.com Highlight a few other web 2.0 content delivery options Questions and wrap-up Division of Information Technology
    3. 3. Content Delivery Introduction to Content Self-paced Content Presentation Video/Interactive Content Presentation Division of Information Technology
    4. 4. Considerations Purpose or Intended Learning Access Cost Appearance Functionality Security Stability Usability Division of Information Technology
    5. 5. SlideShare• World’s largest presentation sharing community• Embedd and Share• Slidecast feature• Zipcast – invite students to a live broadcast of the presentation.• Application in LinkedIn• www.slideshare.net Division of Information Technology
    6. 6. VoiceThread• Collaborative Multimedia Slideshow• Better to use with smaller groups if planning to incorporate collaboration• Http://Voicethread.com Division of Information Technology
    7. 7. Google Earth Tours• Historical Tours• Current maps – You can add descriptive text, photos, links to websites• Can share your saved tour with students• www.earth.google.com - You need to download Google Earth to your computer Division of Information Technology
    8. 8. Prezi• Learning Curve• Educational Account• Avoid Text-heavy Presentations• www.Prezi.com Division of Information Technology
    9. 9. More Web 2.0 Presentation Tools• Ahead.com – Similar to Prezi. Non-linear presentation style.• Vuvox.com – Gallery presentations – Could be great for an art history class or photography course.• SlideBoom – Similar to SlideShare.• AuthorStream.com – Similar to Slideshare has rich analytics tool.• Screencast-o-matic.com – Similar to Jing and Camtasia• Sliderocket.com – Presentation Software Division of Information Technology
    10. 10. Division of Information Technology Questions?learningtools@umd.edu Thank you!

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