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S ocial S oftware in the C lassroom Blogs and Podcasts
Social Software has revolutionised the internet enabling users to become active rather than passive.
This practical workshop will provide teachers with a quick overview of social software before launching into an in-depth look at two tools – blogs and podcasts. We will look at the merits of using these tools in the classroom and provide time and support to get started.
Course Content will include:
Overview of social software
Examples of classroom blogs
Hands-on creating a blog
Examples of school/class podcasts
Overview and hands-on with creating a podcast
At the end of today what do you hope to have achieved? Post your response on our wiki : http://www.skrbl.com/38288427
Content flows in a variety of directions that depend on the behaviors
of those who produce the information and those who use it.
Social software supports the desire of individuals to be pulled into groups to achieve goals. Social software enables people to rendezvous, connect or collaborate through computer-mediated communication and to form online communications. Wikipedia
Creates a learning community feel in a place away from the traditional classroom. This learning community is open 24/7
Blogs give individual learners a voice – shifting the ‘power’ from the instructor to the learner
Provides an authentic audience for student writing, an audience of peers, parents, and a potential worldwide audience.
Allows for multiple feedback loops among the networked students, teachers and other interested parties. Learning in a class blog setting is now a social activity.
Supports differentiation. The blog gives some of our more verbally reserved students a forum for their thoughts.
Encourages reading. To make a meaningful comment, or to choose their favorite post, the students first need to read what’s out there.
Encourages and teaches research skills. Encourages students to extend their research beyond the assigned work.
Builds technology skills
Provides links to others sites and resources
Reflective or Writing Journals E- Portfolios Dialogue for Group Work Content Related Blog – School Wide Theme/ Course Blogs need to be thoughtfully integrated into the curriculum. Simple geeting learners to blog is not enough- blogs in learning must be activity –centric.
The following guidelines are by no means exhaustive, but may be helpful to address some real and legitimate concerns
Depending on the age of students, consider posting their work using a pseudonym instead of the students’ real names. In no cases use a student’s first name and last name on a blog posting.
Set up your blog so all comments must be moderated by you. Comments will be emailed to you for the ‘ok’ before being directly posted to your blog.
Set up your blog with a password to limit public access. The password can be provided to class members, parents, and others with an interest in the work of your class, but others in the public are prohibited from simply browsing the contents of your classroom weblog.
Keep the school community posted.
Inform all stakeholders about your planned or ongoing use of blogs for instructional purposes. Solicit their support and feedback in advance, ideally before concerns or problems develop relating to blog postings.
Protect your blogid and password just like you would a credit card number.
Making a start with http://www.blogger.com/start THE FASTEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND BLOGGING IS TO TRY IT OUT. JUST TYPE IN THE LINK ABOVE, AND YOU CAN BE PART OF THE PHENOMENON THAT'S TRANSFORMING WEB AND MEDIA TO A PARTICIPATORY ACTIVITY IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES . SERIOUSLY. BLOGGER IS TOTALLY FREE.
2. Create a post 3. View Your Blog 1. Create your blog NB> Customise by thoughtfully answering the questions in each section. These all relate to the look, feel and ability of others to interact with your blog
Basically the ability to produce audio/video mp3/mp4 files to then be downloaded from
the internet and played either directly to your computer or to a portable player.
Possible Uses in our Schools :
*record lessons for students and parents to access in their own time *create a class or school radio station * find and use podcasts as another source of research material * create a blog about a school trip *ask students to create a podcast to meet a real need * another way of submitting work
A collaborative tool that allows individuals and groups to share their ideas in much the same way as parts from a discussion might be recorded on an electronic whiteboard. Accessible anywhere in the world. Can track changes and who made them. Limited no graphics.
Example : wikipedia – the biggest online encyclopedia in the world
Possible Uses in our Schools : to amend and contribute to, another source for research, to participate in free speech, to participate in reflection and review
Choose one of the following : **Blogs **Podcasts **Wikis **RSS Feeds **Your Choice ( see http://www.listible.com/list/complete-list-of-web-2-0-products-and-services ) Get together with 3-4 people who have made the same selection as you. Make use of the resources from Rocky’s hard folder, her collection of relevant urls posted on delicious and any other info. you have or can find. Soft and sift through your info. in order to create a presentation that provides a guide for teachers wanting to get started with ’podcasting’. Your guide should provide the following info: ways you might use it yourself and in the classroom, how you would get started, possible issues, someday to Monday . Share this info. in your choice of ways: Rocky’s blog, webnote, slideshow, podcast…. You have : minutes to complete this task. Good Luck !!!! If doing podcasting you may like to create a podcast. If doing blogging you may like to create a blog…