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
Plan of Attack
Education in the Digital Age
The changing landscape
Overview of social software
1:30 – 3pm
Podcasting – What? Why? How?
Creating a Student Centred Blog
Blogging in a Nutshell
A Classroom Blog – Purpose? Keeping Safe?
Setting Up a Blog – Examples/ Planning / Getting Started
D R A F T
What’s Changed ?
The Digital Landscape Web 1 vs. Web 2.0
Web 2.0 …
The evolution of the web ( as we once knew it)
Users are active rather than passive
Create and publish content. Shared constitution of meaning.
Less about places and other nouns more about verbs.
The Web - Has it changed ? How ?
No html knowledge required.
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
Web 2.0 can be organised in the following way:
Aggregators - A site or program that gathers data from multiple sources and organizes the information to present in a new, more streamlined or appropriate format. Google , RSS feeds, Delicious …
Social Networking - Websites focusing on connecting people with other people directly like MySpace , Oldfriends, Secondlife …
Social Media - User-generated content like blogs , wikipedia , webnote …
Audio, Picture and Video - Online television such as YouTube ,Pandora, Podcasts,
Web Applications - online programs that can do virtually everything your existing
software programs can do. Zoho for instance can replace your Microsoft
Web 2.0 is growing by the day.
Check out the growing list of web 2.0 applications
Choose one that is new to you and has appeal – professionally or personally. Prepare to share with the group:
What it is? Why you like it? How you will make use of it?
Are you a digital immigrant developing the accent of a digital native?
Blogging – in a nutshell
Classroom Blogs – a rundown
Planning your classroom blog
Making a start with blogger.com
Setting Up a Student-Centered Classroom Blog
Blogging in a nutshell
Example of Web 2.0
Definition from wikipedia :
A blog is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order .
Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more
personal online diaries . A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to
its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs ( photoblog ), videos ( vlog ), or audio ( podcasting ).
Share a common format. Lots of free blog providers.
Control of blog is with the person who has set it up
Blogs tend to have a few things in common:
A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest at the top
An archive of older articles
A way for people to leave comments about the articles
A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”
One or more “feeds” like RSS …
Checking out blogs: http://blogger.myfishingexpert.com/ http://www.observationdeck.org/weblogs/?p=1973 http://www.fashblog.com/ http://afamilyinbaghdad.blogspot.com/ http://smithpartyof6.blogspot.com/
Searching for Blogs
Classroom Blogs – A Rundown
Why have one?
Examples of blogs in education
Possible reasons for having a classroom blog
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.
Who would comment on it? Who would post on it ? Why?
Student Safety and Privacy Concerns
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
4. Customise Your Blog
Tools to enhance your blog
http://esnips.com/signin/index.jsp - file storage
http://www.flickr.com – photo storage
www.meez.com – your 3D ID
http://www.bravenet.com/ - hit counter
Stick to the purpose of your blog
Interact with readers
Make it worthwhile
Build your blog bit by bit
Seek expert blogs to assist with posting on your own
Try and post at least once a week
Make all posts relate to student learning
What are they ?
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
What further support/ info. could you have done with ?
Best bits?? The Not So Good Bits ??
Wikis ( Hawaiian word ‘quick’)
What are they ?
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
What are they ?
Rich Site Summary
The technology that makes it possible to subscribe to podcasts and blogs.
RSS is the technology that allows the user to control what information is coming to them
Example : weblogs
Possible Uses in our Schools : professional development- new technology, up-to-minute content specific feeds in your area of choice, time-saver …
So What? Now What? How can we harness aspects of web 2.0 so it has a positive impact on learning at our school ???
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…
Choose from : List of Web 2.0
“ Teacher pedagogies will determine the extent to which the possibilities offered by technology are realised in educational settings.” (Pedagogy Strategy, Mceetya, 2005.)