Integrating Social Networking & Web
   2.0 Applications into eLearning
        Rob Gibson, Ed.D.
Social Networking in eLearning

What you will learn today:
 Understand how social networking is
  impacting society
 See...
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning




• Boyd and Ellison (2007) define social networks as
     “…web-based services that allo...
Social Networking in eLearning




The first officially recognized social network
was sixdegrees.com that launched in 1997...
Social Networking in eLearning

Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings)
          • Social networks now represent ...
Social Networking in eLearning

      Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings)



• 67% of the global online popula...
Social Networking in eLearning

   Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings)



Orkut.com in Brazil (operated by Goo...
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning




          According to the web site Social Media Defined
 (http://www.socialmediadefine...
Social Networking in eLearning

              in Academia
• Back-channel chat where participants at conferences
  provide ...
Social Networking in eLearning

              in Academia
• Class chatter that allows students to continue
  discussion to...
Social Networking in eLearning

               in Academia
• Use Twitter to “track” a word. This will subscribe you to
  a...
Social Networking in eLearning

                     in Academia
Use twitterfall.com             Use twittervision.com
• T...
Social Networking in eLearning

                     in Academia
Use Freshlogic Atlas            Use historicaltweets
• Ty...
Social Networking in eLearning

                   in Academia
Use tweetdeck                   Use YouTube or twiddeo
• Cr...
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning




 Facebook is a social networking website that was
originally designed for college stude...
Social Networking in eLearning

                     in Academia
Use academia.edu                Use Facebook Groups
• A f...
Social Networking in eLearning

                     in Academia
Research                          Academics
• Analysis of...
Social Networking in eLearning

                     in Academia
Academic Networking              •http://www.facebook.com...
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning




A blog (an abridgment of the term „web log’) is a
website, usually maintained by an ind...
Social Networking in eLearning

             in Academia

Wordpress.com (no fee; hosted option)
Wordpress.org (free softwa...
Social Networking in eLearning

              in Academia
From http://onlinedegreetalk.org/blogs/
• The instructor posts v...
Social Networking in eLearning

              in Academia
• Students find it very useful to post comments, throw
  questio...
Social Networking in eLearning

                        in Academia

Wordpress Plugins (5,000+)        Scholarly Citations...
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning




A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the
  easy creation and editing o...
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning




Ning provides a software platform (the quot;Ning
  Platformquot;) that enables you to c...
Social Networking in eLearning

                             in Academia
Ning
                                            ...
Social Networking in eLearning
Social Networking in eLearning




  Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to
store, organize, search, and man...
Social Networking in eLearning

                in Academia

• A professor can save readings for a class. Since each tag
 ...
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  1. 1. Integrating Social Networking & Web 2.0 Applications into eLearning Rob Gibson, Ed.D.
  2. 2. Social Networking in eLearning What you will learn today:  Understand how social networking is impacting society  See examples of common social networking applications  Have an opportunity to try social networking applications  See resources and data regarding how social networking can be used within eLearning
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  4. 4. Social Networking in eLearning • Boyd and Ellison (2007) define social networks as “…web-based services that allow individuals to…. 1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system 2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection 3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.”
  5. 5. Social Networking in eLearning The first officially recognized social network was sixdegrees.com that launched in 1997 and officially shut down in 2000. According to the Wharton School of Business, as of October 2008 social networks impacted more than 230 million people worldwide.
  6. 6. Social Networking in eLearning Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings) • Social networks now represent the fastest growing Internet segment – 3x the rate of overall Internet growth. (2009) • Social networking sites are growing at the rate of 47% annually, reaching 45% of total web users. (2006) • Social networking and blogging are now the 4th most popular online activities, according to Nielsen‟s recently released Global Faces and Networked Places report. (2009)
  7. 7. Social Networking in eLearning Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings) • 67% of the global online population now visit a social network site, and this sector accounts for 10% of all Internet time. (Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Italy are the fastest growing segments.) • Social networks and blogs are now the 4th most popular online category – ahead of personal Email • Member sites now account for 1 in every 11 minutes online
  8. 8. Social Networking in eLearning Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings) Orkut.com in Brazil (operated by Google) has the largest domestic online reach (70%) of any social network anywhere in the world, whereas Facebook has the highest average time per visitor among the 75 most popular brands online worldwide. However, the amount of time spent on Facebook.com increased by more than 566% in only one year. (Nielsen, 2009)
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  10. 10. Social Networking in eLearning According to the web site Social Media Defined (http://www.socialmediadefined.com), Twitter is a microblogging application that is more or less a combination of instant messaging and blogging.
  11. 11. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia • Back-channel chat where participants at conferences provide bursts of feedback regarding conference proceedings to both other conference participants, and to people who cannot attend the conference (Hargadon, 2009); or preceding a conference via keywords (Parry, 2008). Use Twitter during a webinar to post specific keywords denoted by a hash (#facebook), and then participants search on those keyword to see what other people in the webinar (at other locations) were saying about the topic. (Mullings, 2009)
  12. 12. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia • Class chatter that allows students to continue discussion topics outside the classroom (Parry, 2008) • Follow professionals who are actively engaged in particular topics or events. For example, students can follow any number of correspondents at MSNBC, CNN, and other news outlets • Writing assignments where students build on each other‟s tweets to generate a story, poem, or haiku. (Parry, 2008) • Collaboration with students from other countries regarding specific topics of political or historical significance
  13. 13. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia • Use Twitter to “track” a word. This will subscribe you to any post that contains said word. So, for example, a student may be interested in how a particular word is used. They can track the word and see the varied phrases in which people use it. Or, they can track an event, a proper name, or a movie title. (Send the message “track ______” to Twitter) (Parry, 2008) • Storytelling - George Mayo, an eighth grade English teacher, recently used Twitter as a tool to collaboratively write a story with his students. Mayo invited his students and students around the world via his Many Voices Twitter account to add to an ongoing story with individual quot;tweets.quot; After six weeks and the help of more than 100 students and six different countries, the story was finished. (Parry, 2008)
  14. 14. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Use twitterfall.com Use twittervision.com • Type in a keyword and watch • Twittervision and Twittervision the results in real time 3D allow you to GeoTag users and their posts to know where certain topics are being discussed http://twittervision.com/maps/show_3d
  15. 15. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Use Freshlogic Atlas Use historicaltweets • Type in a keyword and watch • Learn what it may have been the results in real time like for historical figures to tweet
  16. 16. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Use tweetdeck Use YouTube or twiddeo • Create “groups” of students • Link to video files from Twitter
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  18. 18. Social Networking in eLearning Facebook is a social networking website that was originally designed for college students, but is now open to anyone 13 years of age or older. Facebook users can create and customize their own profiles with photos, videos, and information about themselves. Friends can browse the profiles of other friends and write messages on their pages. (TechTerms.com)
  19. 19. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Use academia.edu Use Facebook Groups • A facebook-like application • Create a class-centric group
  20. 20. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Research Academics • Analysis of how social networks • Journalism are formed http://snipr.com/j5d2m http://snipr.com/j5di5
  21. 21. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Academic Networking •http://www.facebook.com/pages/ww wdonquijoteorg/27485153678?ref=ts/ • Create a networkedblog •http://www.inigral.com/products/sch ools.htm •http://www.inigral.com/products/stan dardissimo.php •http://www.facebook.com/group.php ?gid=18977111129 •http://phoenix.facebook.com/group.p hp?gid=12471635541 http://www.networkedblogs.com •http://usask.facebook.com/group.ph p?gid=12256460391
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  24. 24. Social Networking in eLearning A blog (an abridgment of the term „web log’) is a 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 reverse chronological order. quot;Blogquot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Co-Winner, Word-of-the-Year: 2004
  25. 25. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Wordpress.com (no fee; hosted option) Wordpress.org (free software; non-hosted) Variety of fee-based hosts that support Wordpress Hostican Laughing Squid Bluehost Mu.wordpress.org (Fee-based; multi-user; multi-host)
  26. 26. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia From http://onlinedegreetalk.org/blogs/ • The instructor posts various announcements, information, assignments, and abbreviated lessons for student reference • More aptly called an interactive medium of study, students get an opportunity to express their opinions about a particular topic or subject posted for discussion over the net • Articles on various topics provide extensive knowledge on the subject. Students, in turn, post their comments on these articles • Used as a writing portfolio, blogs are found to be very helpful in expressing thoughts by students about their subject of study
  27. 27. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia • Students find it very useful to post comments, throw questions to their instructor about the course and the subjects in particular and talk to fellow students about course progress and related benefits • Activities and presentations pertaining to a particular subject can be discussed over the net by way of blog posts • Students get to know each other, by not just chatting, but instead by responding to the posts offered by various students • As a means of evaluation, assignments are cross verified and the qualities of presentations are evaluated by fellow students positively by way of blog posts and related responses
  28. 28. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Wordpress Plugins (5,000+) Scholarly Citations •Twitter Tools •Wordbook •Daiko‟s Video Widget •Flickr plugin http://snipr.com/j5rqk
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  30. 30. Social Networking in eLearning A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites (Wikipedia)
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  33. 33. Social Networking in eLearning Ning provides a software platform (the quot;Ning Platformquot;) that enables you to create, join or browse Social Networks (Ning.com)
  34. 34. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Ning http://bioarchaeology.ning.com/ • A custom social network http://education.ning.com/ http://www.ourprivatenetwork.com/ http://podstock.ning.com/profile/RobGibson
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  36. 36. Social Networking in eLearning Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata, typically in the form of tags that collectively and/or collaboratively become a folksonomy. Folksonomy is also called social tagging, quot;the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content“ (Wikipedia.com)
  37. 37. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia • A professor can save readings for a class. Since each tag has it's own URL, the URL can be posted in the syllabus. Many of these services also have RSS feeds, so students who use a news aggregator can see new postings automatically. • Bookmarks available from any PC • Merge Delicious links into Facebook via a plugin
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