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Engaged Learning Using Web 2.0 Technologies

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LTI session at PCC - Nov., 2009

LTI session at PCC - Nov., 2009

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  • 1. Engaged Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools Google Wave Live Question Tool TextMeLater Zotero Nanette Stillwell Curriculum Coord./Instructor Maybe Web Technologies More…
  • 2. Generation NOW!!
  • 3. Today’s LTI Topics • Student Access & Engagement –Directly relates to the PCC Goal #1 • Teaching with Technology • Pedagogy of Collaboration
  • 4. Software We Will Explore • Google Wave • Live Question Tool • TextMeLater • Google Forms • Maybe more…
  • 5. What You Will Learn • How to foster collaboration without spending any $$ • How to keep your students on track using THEIR cell phones – not yours • How to engage distance learners • How to create simple to use surveys/forms - FREE
  • 6. Google Wave Google Wave is a real-time communication platform Let’s see what it does
  • 7. Google Wave Features • Real-time • Embeddability (blog or website) • Functions like a wiki – with totally editing capability by anyone in the wave • Open source • Playback • Natural Language • Drag & drop file sharing
  • 8. Let’s Start with Terms – http://cuthut.com/UjQ
  • 9. What does it do Differently? • Conversation tracking in real time • Gadgets and robots can be added to manage everything from facebook and email to project management • With Wave Extensions users can build entire communication and file sharing systems for project management • Embedded waves can take the place of IM and can be used for customer service applications
  • 10. What does it do Differently? • Playback a conversation from beginning to end rather than parsing together tons of emails and documents – the documents will be included within the wave • Open source means the code will be made available to all developers to foster innovation of the product
  • 11. How will it change the Web? • A robust Content Management System • Customer Support [think virtual advising, student assistance with assignments] • Building a more interactive / creative learning environment - Proofreading / writing papers -Brainstorming potential project ideas - Interactive tutoring from home - Collaborative Environment for Cyber Schooling • Potential to transform education with widgets, gadgets, and robots
  • 12. Advantages • Synchronous or asynchronous • Iterative Collaboration • In the Cloud – not hosted locally • A WAVE is one space where multiple users can… – Access content – Respond to content – Change content – Replay content – Add the content to a blog (or other online app) – Add media components
  • 13. Let’s Look at Google Wave
  • 14. Advantages • How Do I get Google Wave – Currently only in Beta form (Sept. 09) – Invitation only – Full release expected within 6-12 months • How Does it Work? – Kind of like email – there is an inbox accessed online – Kind of like a CMS – it’s all online – It can be synchronous, real time, or asynchronous – Conversations/Projects may be linear or not – The playback feature allows all participants in a wave to view the entire history of the wave including changes/edits
  • 15. Advantages • All media types supported – Interactive maps, informal polls, much…much more! • Wavelets – subconversations of waves can be global within the wave or private • Robots – Language translation • Gadgets – Like with iGoogle
  • 16. What is Significant about Google Wave? • Participants can brainstorm ideas, develop projects, edit projects at the same time or whenever they choose – it will change the way project management is handled • Opens the way for educators (and others) to reevaluate how we communicate online, how we store communication, and how we share communication
  • 17. So what’s NOT good about Wave? • Early adoption – how many and who? • Full release not yet ready • Change resistance
  • 18. The Crystal Ball • For education, Wave has the potential create online meeting spaces for students and faculty that integrate and synthesize all sorts of interaction – more flexible than current f2f or CMS systems
  • 19. The Crystal Ball • Student groups can use Wave to... • Create joint projects • Conduct analysis • Team based learning • Project based learning • A Personal Learning Space that will used for • Information collection • Information storage • Multimedia composition (not text-based) • Peer interaction/review
  • 20. What might an instructor do with Google Wave • New avenues for critiquing group projects or indvidual portfolios – including music and art • Change how knowledge is created, stored, and shared • Model problem solving processes appropriate to specific disciplines • Conduct virtual advising • Assist students with assignments
  • 21. Final Thoughts on Google Wave • Communication medium • Collaboration space • Idea repository • Media repository • Foster the exchange of ideas
  • 22. YouTube/EDU • Began in 2005 • Free video streaming servers • Shareable • Public or restricted to members of contact lists • Embeddable • Uses Flash Player to play videos
  • 23. What makes it worthwhile • FREE • Easy watching/sharing of video without involving a streaming media server from the organization • Availability of profile information of users Let’s check out an EDU channel http://www.youtube.com/education?b=400
  • 24. Teaching & Learning Implications • Video content readily available to students • Community of sharing among educators and/or students • Current Use of YouTube EDU – mostly recruiting and university lectures/presentations • Not limited to the EDU channels – explore channels http://www.youtube.com/channels
  • 25. Other video resources • Teachertube http://www.teachertube.com/ • Schooltube http://www.schooltube.com/
  • 26. Capture Video and Convert to AVI or WMV YouTube Downloader http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4- 10647340.html?tag=mncol – Open application – Copy/paste video URL – Choose where to save – click on show files – Browse to find downloaded video – Choose convert – Choose conversion options – Successful message appears
  • 27. YouTube Downloader Demo Demo
  • 28. TextMeLater • FREE – must sign up • Schedule bulk text messages to students • www.textmelater.com • Assignment and Test Reminders • Data corrections • Speed with which we deliver information important to learners
  • 29. • Another SMS resource – not free • http://www.m-science.com/products/sms- online.php • Available with new EAI adoption if it happens next fall at PCC • EAI Enterprise Application Integration – My Campus portal developed by the Educause EAI Consortium
  • 30. Live Question Tool • Developed and hosted by Harvard • FREE • May be hosted at any location – open source (like Moodle) • Real time question/answer tool • Encourages audience involvement and interaction
  • 31. Live Question Tool • Handles one class well, may handle up to 200 participants • Replies may be made during a lecture/presentation/class or on the “instance” site and viewed later by all participants • Participants vote on questions and the question list is ordered by highest number of votes
  • 32. Live Question Tool • Easy to use • FREE • Builds interactivity into a lecture • Students engage with the content and the instructor by helping to determine which topics will addressed or emphasized • Maps to higher-order thinking skills in Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • 33. Live Question Tool • Con: must have computer and Internet access to participate • Collaborative • Anonymity • Helps students learn to form questions relevant to the content • Ability to blend f2f and distance learning venues
  • 34. Zotero • Strictly a research tool • Manages online references • Developed by George Mason University • Extension for the Firefox Browser • Uses intelligent software to determine bibliographic information and place the info in the user’s resource library
  • 35. • Users can drag resources to MS Word or Google Docs and an appropriate citation is generated • Research sources are streamlined • Citations are consistent • Cross-referencing available • Currently only stores on user’s machine
  • 36. Zotero • Zotero developers may eventually produce an online application • Supports research • http://www.zotero.org/ • Zotero video http://www.zotero.org/support/quick_start_g uide • Acess from Tools menu in Firefox
  • 37. Zotero Demo • Launch Firefox • Find a site to use in research Example: My choice • Access from Tools menu in Firefox after installation
  • 38. WEB 2.0 tools 5th Graders in New Bern, NC • http://missstillwell5thgrade.wikispaces.com/ • http://novelgroup6.wikispaces.com/
  • 39. Go Forth and Collaborate • Begin to brainstorm ideas for using Google Wave when the application is available to the public • Add videos and other media (podcasts, etc.) to your Moodle courses, in class presentations, and develop your own repository of media to use later in a Wave • Practice text messaging students with TextMeLater – a feature that will be available to us with our new PCC portal probably by next fall • Practice using Zotero for your own research, then share with students for research projects