Incorporating Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom


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  • This statement was taking from the article “Educational Networking: The important role Web 2.0 will play in Education”. In this article he provides an overview of Web 2
  • The term first became notable after the O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 Conference in 2004.
    Content is created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed along.
  • There were series of faculty banning students from using these sources in there classes. This caused great debate within academia and fueled the flames of the fiery generational divide.
    During this time, it was all about users going to the Internet and finding information and it was pretty much a one-way experience.
    In contrast, Web 2.0 relies on user participation
  • Social network sites that originated less than ten yrs ago – ended up dominating & defining the decade of 2000.
    The emergence and dominance of the popular Internet sites LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have taken shape as vibrant professional networks of mass “individuals” sharing experiences and collaborating around personal and professional issues, ideas, and interests.
    Students are utilizing tools that are preparing them for today/tomorrow workforce
  • Christine Greenhow, a learning technologies researcher in the University's College of Education and Human Development and principal investigator of the study.
    Data was collected over 6 months from student ages 16-18 in thirteen urban high schools in the Midwest.
    Educators should recognize the educational opportunities of fostering and extending those skills students are learning through their experience with social networks.
  • Most colleges use social for recruiting and admissions. Facebook 66%, Twitter 41%, YouTube 27%, Ning 15%
    Institutions of Higher Education have to take the responsibility in connecting with their students and meeting them in the learning environment that they prefer to use to communicate and disseminate information.
  • (Ex- news reports that included statistical information, uses or misuses of statistics, interesting graphs, cartoons, data sets, websites that teach statistics, survey or poll results, YouTube videos, etc.).
    Thought this would be a great way to emphasize statistical literacy in her course and to help them become more savvy consumers of statistical information they are presented with in the "real world" on a daily basis.
  • Google Apps are free and powerful tools for collaboration
    Students who log in to Google Apps leave a trace of their activities. Its fairly easy to see who has done what, so group projects can be easily managed and graded.
  • Students need to be taught about classifying and identifying the sources that they create, as well as how they search content.
  • Incorporating Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom

    1. 1. Incorporating Web 2.0 ToolsIncorporating Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroomin the Classroom Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS Instructional Services Librarian Methodist University
    2. 2. “This new web is going to dramatically alter the 21st century landscape in education, shaping how students approach learning, how educators approach teaching, and increasingly how educators are interacting with, and learning from each other” Steve Hargadon, Social Learning Consultant Elluminate
    3. 3. Web 2.0Web 2.0 “Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the Internet as a platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform.” Tim O’Reilly PROMOTE Communication Creativity Information Sharing Collaboration WEB-CULTURE  Social Networking  Blogs  Wikis  RSS Feeds Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 3
    4. 4. Friend or Foe?Friend or Foe?  Less than 15 years ago, the use (restricted use) of cited works from Google and Wikipedia were one of the hottest issues facing academia regarding student research skills.  The EMPIRE of Google  Wikipedia: Fear of the (UN)KNOWN Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 4
    5. 5. EXPLOSION of SOCIAL NETWORKSEXPLOSION of SOCIAL NETWORKS Facebook ◦ Over 350 million registered users Linkedin ◦ Over 47 million registered users Twitter ◦ Over 32 million registered users Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 5 These sites have played a tremendous role in politics, business, mass communication, the criminal justice system.
    6. 6. Educational BenefitEducational Benefit • Practicing 21st century skills • Positive attitudes towards using technology systems, editing and customizing content and thinking about online design and layout. • Sharing creative original work like poetry and film. •Practicing safe and responsible use of information and technology. Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 6 Christine Greenhow, University of Minnesota 2008 study
    7. 7. Social Media in Colleges and UniversitiesSocial Media in Colleges and Universities • The social media tool that admission officers use most frequently is Facebook. • Colleges’ Facebook fan pages are directed to three audiences and have goals of providing campus news and answering questions. • Prospective students • Enrolled students • Alumni • The biggest benefit of social media for admissions is the ability to connect with students; biggest drawback is the time it takes to maintain. 2010 Social Media and College Admissions Benchmarking Study Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University
    8. 8. 10 ways10 ways universities share information using social mediauniversities share information using social media 1. Gathering and Sharing Information 2. Showcasing student and faculty work 3. Providing a platform to broadcast events 4. Emergency notification 5. Connecting people 6. Producing, not just promoting 7. Creating a dialogue and communicating to students 8. Facebook office hours 9. Coaching for the spotlight 10. Getting wired via mobile Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 8 By: Vadim Lavrusik, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
    9. 9. FACEBOOK IN THE CLASSROOMFACEBOOK IN THE CLASSROOM  Subscribe to news feed and have students comment  Upload pictures and video of study-abroad trips and/or cultural events.  Advertise departmental events, workshops and conferences. Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 9
    10. 10. Twitter in the ClassroomTwitter in the Classroom Dr. Michelle Everson (University of Minnesota)  Summer Assignment – “Tweet” about findings in the news or online related to statistics.  Points – One point for each “tweet” posted, could post up to 5 “tweets”  Goal – Emphasize statistical literacy, how they are used/misused, and discussion on what they are learning about applies to their everyday lives.  Reward – Twitter allowed her to get the word out and to model the kinds of questions she hoped students would ask as they came across different information presented in news reports, polls, and journal articles. Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 10
    11. 11. Google Docs - Sharing documents with students and colleagues to collaborate on projects. Google Groups - Collaborate and discuss things with students, colleagues and experts using a Google Groups discussion board. You can keep it private and moderate discussion before anything is posted. Google Sites - Create your own webpage Google Calendar -  Electronic calendars that can be shared and subscribed. Blogger - Set up a blog for your classroom Knol - People who are experts about something can go into Knol and write an article on what they know and others can collaborate or go in and read and get educated on that subject.
    12. 12. Pedagogical Value of Web 2.0Pedagogical Value of Web 2.0 Participation Discussion Engagement Creativity Critical Thinking Collaboration Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 12
    13. 13. Ways of incorporating Web 2. 0 in theWays of incorporating Web 2. 0 in the ClassroomClassroom Create a classroom WEB 2.0 presence Actively use Blackboard and/or similar tools for collaborative writing platforms. Use social bookmarking sites as a tool to teach controlled vocabulary. Create assignments that will use various multimedia format. Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 13
    14. 14. Classroom DiscussionClassroom Discussion • Copyright • Privacy settings • Legal issues • Netiquette
    15. 15. Research Skills & Web 2.0Research Skills & Web 2.0  Critical evaluation of web-based sources  Searching Techniques / Tag  Managing and storing sources  How to cite on-line sources ◦ E-mail, websites, etc. Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 15
    16. 16. Faculty • Join social networking sites • Provide multiple ways of communication/contact • Incorporate the use of free web- based resources into assignments • Identify acceptable Internet resources • Encourage classroom discussion on the benefits and disadvantages on using Web 2.0 technologies • Teach ‘NETiquette’ Librarian • Join social networking sites • Create online guides that list appropriate websites • Customize Internet resources in specific disciplines • Create assignments that analyzes content on popular sites • Encourage classroom discussion on the benefits and disadvantages on using Web 2.0 technologies Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 16
    17. 17. SourcesSources  “Establishing a Benchmark for Social Media Use in College Admissions: 2010 Social Media and College Admissions Study”. Cappex. com  Google Classroom:  Hargadon, Steve. “Educational Networking: The important role Web 2.0 will play in education”. Elluminate . 2009  Images: Microsoft Office  Lavrusil, Vadim “10 Ways Universities Share Information Using Social Media” Mashable: The Social Media Guide. July 15, 2009.  University of Minnesota (2008, June 21). Educational Benefits of Social Networking Sties Uncovered. ScienceDaily, Retrieved April 3, 2010 from  Web 2.0 Takes on Colleges and Universities: The Dawn of Education 2.0 ◦ Presented by: Courtney Mack, MLS - Methodist University 17