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Making The Web Work For You


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This is a conversation starter about some good tools for making our jobs a little easier.

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Making The Web Work For You

  1. 1. Making the Web Work for You
  2. 2. <ul><li>A web site application that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change content. </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki means “fast” in Hawaiian – also W hat I K now I s </li></ul><ul><li>Many free wikis exist. Some are targeted at education. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>free, no advertisement wikis for education (teachers, classrooms, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increased attachment limit (from 40 to 250) </li></ul></ul>Source: Bruce Burr-Lonnan Wikis
  3. 3. Wikis
  4. 4. Wiki Possibilities <ul><li>Planning and teaching courses </li></ul><ul><li>Department meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Conference proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom projects </li></ul><ul><li>Personal repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and professional development </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wiki Wisdom <ul><li>Make it a course requirement! </li></ul><ul><li>People need to be convinced this is a worthwhile medium </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Tell the web to bring the stuff you’re interested in to you </li></ul><ul><li>One easy way: Google Reader </li></ul>RSS ( R eally S imple S yndication)
  7. 7. <ul><li>Delicious – Acquired by Yahoo </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Digg – One of the first social bookmark sites </li></ul><ul><li>StumbleUpon – Acquired by eBay </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo – Allows users to add sticky notes and </li></ul><ul><li>highlights to tagged pages. A truly powerful </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative tool </li></ul>Social Bookmarking
  8. 8. There’s More? <ul><li>Uh, yeah. Lots more . </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread (discussion board on steroids) </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare (YouTube for presentations) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter (what are you doing?) </li></ul><ul><li>Seesmic (discussions around videos) </li></ul><ul><li>Jott (voice to text memos) </li></ul><ul><li>Box (file storage, collaboration) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Install an RSS feed reader and begin using it today </li></ul><ul><li>Set up an account on a social bookmarking sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how a wiki could help students build a community of learners/practitioners. Think about incorporating a wiki into your course(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Visit SlideShare and search for content you can use. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch a VoiceThread and consider how you could use it in your classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Enlist peers and students input. Expertise is there, find and leverage it. The community gets stronger with every additional user. </li></ul>Where to begin?
  10. 10. Last thoughts <ul><li>Each of these applications are free (and no spam). </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate some aspect of this into your classes (as a requirement). </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the applications here and find and share more ways to make the web work for you and your students. </li></ul>