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  • 1. Dr Hiran Amarasekera Department of Forestry and Environmental Science University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • 2. Students = Echo boomers Generation Y
  • 3. Y)  Up to 80 Million “Echo Boomers” (Generation Y)  These are the children of the “Baby Boomers”  entrepreneurial, global  best educated; both men and women  computers are a primary language  Mobile phones, sms are common  They grow up with economic prosperity  They are not afraid of challenging managers
  • 4.  Do not blame technology or young generation  Prepare materials for this new media and new generation
  • 5. World is flat A book by Thomas Friedman  1989 PC – Windows – individual contenet creation  1995 Internet – email – browser – fiber optics  Work Flow collaboration – individual content uploading  Web applications  Open-sourcing (free knowledge)  Out-sourcing
  • 6. World is flat A book by Thomas Friedman  Web applications – gmail, fickr, google docs  Open-sourcing (free knowledge)  Out-sourcing
  • 7. World is flat A book by Thomas Friedman  Eg Encyclopedia Britannica to Wikipedea
  • 8. Three rules in the flat world  Whatever can be done will be done eg. By Sabaragamuwa and USJ  Individual imagination matters  Learn to collaborate
  • 9. WIIFM: What’s in it for me? 1. Traditional web and web 2.0 2. Key web 2.0 applications/ services 3. Popular sites for learning 4. Starting collaborative web sites
  • 10. Have you used?  Google  Blogging – blogger, wordpress  Wiki – wikipedia, wikispaces  Mutimedia sharing – flickr, youtube  Podcasting – itunes  VLE s – moodle, blackboard. webCT  Social Bookmarking – delicious, digg  Social Networking – hi5, facebook, linkedin
  • 11. WIIFM: What’s in it for me?
  • 12. Three target groups Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Just listen and learn the new technologies available Try some of these things to enhance your internet browsing experience Start web 2.0 based eLearning
  • 13. Traditional E-learning (web 1.0)  Computer-based training – (1980s) use of single or few computers for learning  Static content web sites –  Dynamic content web sites – Database-backed websites providing information tailored to the viewers particular requirements.
  • 14. Course Management System (CMS)  The traditional approach to e-learning  Web application runs on a server  Students can access the system from anywhere with an internet connection  Easy way to upload course materials, hold online discussions, chats, give quizzes
  • 15. Moodle – Free and Open Source CMS Download free at or
  • 16. Moodle eLearining site at
  • 17. Moodle eLearining site at
  • 18. Web 2.0  Traditional web - merely browsing the internet after searching search engines  Web 2.0 - User generated content  Users can contribute and shape the content of the web by means of blog posts, podcasts, wikis, sharing photos and videos
  • 19. Big ideas behind web 2.0 1. User generated content 2. Harnessing collective intelligence 3. Open data 4. Data on an epic scale
  • 20. E-learning 2.0 – New approach to eLearning  coined by Stephen Downes  Use of tools and web services - such as blogs, wikis, and other social software - to support the creation of learning communities.
  • 21. E-learning 2.0  Learning is centered around the interests of the learner  This learning is immersive – learning by doing  The computer connects the student to the rest of the world
  • 22. Technologies to enhance teaching Wikis Tagging, Social bookmarking Key services and applications Web 2.0 RSS Blogs Multimedia shareing Podcasting Social Networking Newer Applications
  • 23. Blogging - web log publishing  Blog is an abbreviated version of "weblog“  website that contains diary- type written material, links or photos being posted all the time, usually by one individual, on a personal basis  Blogging is increasingly used in education (both in school and university), because it is easy to publish.  Facilitate feedback, by letting readers add comments
  • 24. Example blog sites     ger_id=99657
  • 25. Ranked 8 on
  • 26. Blog software -obtain a free blog
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  • 28. Wikis
  • 29. Wikis  Web sites that can be collaboratively updated using only a web browser.  Enable group development of ideas and information sources.  Eg Wikipedia (  Start your own wiki for your class for free at
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  • 31. online encyclopedia  read articles on “any” subject, and also can edit them.  Wikipedia is not a source so reliable you can cite it in real academic papers.  However, it has wealth of information - more than a million user-written articles  good starting point for research on new topics.
  • 32. Multimedia Sharing
  • 33. History of the wiki edits
  • 34. Tagging and Social Bookmarking Tag is a key word that is added to a digital object
  • 35. Social Bookmarking – Find new web sites  Search engines like Google can find material using keywords  Social Bookmarking allow users to highlight their best sites  Sharing bookmarks  Provide you the collective intelligence of other users  Help you find things that you never knew existing, but wished you did.
  • 36. Social Bookmarking sites 
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  • 39. Multimedia sharing
  • 40. Photo sharing -  Publish digital photography to a wider audience.  Valuable resource for images for use in presentations, learning materials  Commenting function allows for feedback.  ntlanka/
  • 41. •Register to flickr, •upload your photos. •Join a group named “University of Sri Jayewardenepura”. •Post your photo to this group within the flickr.
  • 42.  Webcasts and videocasts  streaming video on the internet. Video Sharing
  • 43. You Tube
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  • 46. Screencasting  Record your presentation and upload to
  • 47. RSS feedsRSS feeds
  • 48. RSS Feeds  Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication  allows users to subscribe to websites that provide RSS feeds such as blogs and news sites  When new content is added, a software program called an aggregator automatically pulls in the feeds.  Common news aggregator is Bloglines at
  • 49. Bloglines
  • 50. Google Reade
  • 51. Educational applications of RSS Feeds  Professional Development keep-up-to-date on a wide variety of subjects from leading experts in the field. You get closer to the leading edge of what is going on the particular field.  Time Saving You can track more information in a shorter period of time. Now you do not have to spend a large amount of time surfing the internet for topic specific content.  Information coming from contrasting sources You could subscribe to feeds from different parts of the news world about a current event in the news to compare and contrast the information and/or to check to see if there were any biases.  Sharing what you are doing with other educators Any teacher can share information with thousands of other teachers using a blog or webpage with RSS technology. RSS feeds will have a major impact on the way we receive our information in the future.
  • 52. Start Pages  Start pages provide a desktop that can host all of a user's most common Web information such as news, weather, e-mail, RSS feeds, and more, all in a single user- controlled Web page.
  • 53. Podcasts
  • 54. Podcasting  Distribution of audio files on the web  This has become a popular technology in education, because it provides a way of distributing educational content to learners.
  • 55. Tools for podcasting  You need iPod software  Download at  Goto iTunes Music Store from within iTunes  Click on Podcasts
  • 56. Social Networking –
  • 57. Professional social network
  • 58. Other web 2.0 applications  3d Virtual reality site  Post things you do  Post or find events
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  • 60. Top sites for enhance teaching and learning  Lots of internet resources that can give you a quality education every day, free knowledge is available all around us.
  • 61. free audio and video lessons  University of California, Berkeley in USA is ranked as one of the best colleges in USA and in the world.  Podcasts - lectures in mp3 format  can download these Podocasts in as mp3 files and listen to them using ipod player or winamp in windows.  Webcasts - courses with video.  You can be in the classroom with the students watching or hearing some amazing teachers and accomplished professionals. 
  • 62. MIT Open Courseware – free online courses  MIT web site gives away course materials, including syllabi, lectures, assignments and reading materials free.  free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. 
  • 63.  most accurate, and widely accepted search engine today.  Other online software  Google images (search images)  Google video (search and download videos for free)  email (with Gmail),  cartography (Google Maps),  literature (Google Book Search)  Google Earth, an incredibly detailed virtual globe.  Picasa (photo browsing and editing)  google desktop search (good search engine to search your personal computer)
  • 64.  Online retailer of mainly books, CDs, VCDs  Considered as the earth's biggest bookstore, you can order books if you have a credit card.  You can browse through the world's most popular books in any subject and become reader of the very recent books published.
  • 65.  Freeware Applications  Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is becoming very popular, most often as Microsoft alternatives.  Mozilla Firefox browser is accepted as better product than MS Internet explorer.  contains lots of free software.
  • 66. 100+ Free Websites to find out about Anything and Everything by Jane Hart
  • 67. Things you can try  Create a blog at  Create a wiki at  Get your RSS feeds using  Or google reader
  • 68. Things you can try  Share your photos at  Create your profile at  Find new web sites using or  Download podcasts and webcasts for lectures  Setup start page to
  • 69. Knowledge Revolution Victory will go to the Smartest Individuals, Companies and Nations