Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Education - Presented by Brian J King on 4 December 2008 @ BGSU
Web 2.0 - Tools to Enhance
Brian J. King
4 December 2008
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Web 1.0 Deﬁned
Terry Flew deﬁned web 1.0 in his 3rd edition of New
Media as a
“move from personal websites to blogs and blog site
aggregation, from publishing to participation, from
web content as the outcome of large up-front
investment to an ongoing and interactive process,
and from content management systems to links
based on tagging (folksonomy)” (Web_1.0,
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Web 2.0 Deﬁned
According to Tim O’Reilly:
“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
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types of tools &
social bookmarking social games/virtual
image sharing mapping
collaborative authoring LMS
video sharing mashups
social networking RSS
ﬁle sharing/information networking
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so what’s this all mean?
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why this is important? -
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Web 2.0 & You
Changing skill set
8 Trends emerged Transferability
from JISC study
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Web 2.0 - Paradigm Shift
. . . Boring? system
Teacher-centered learning & faculty driven
Web 2.0 education
Moves more towards “Personalized Learning
Creates more of a learner-centered learning
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Web 2.0 - Personalized
Ficek states that PLE’s have four key features:
“Communication & collaboration
Formal and informal learning
Flexible roles and structures
Electronic portfolios and organizers”
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Web 2.0 - What’s in it for
According to Ficek there are two main driving factors
that make the use of web 2.0 tools to create PLE’s
attractive for both students & faculty:
Forcing educators to alter their attitude towards the
technology in relation to the development, delivery,
relevance, and retention of content.
Empowering learning in ways that had not previously
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Among many others, although these are the best
Sharing resources/information easily and organized.
Support for lectures (additional info)
Mechanism can be used to build learning
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Social Bookmarking Cont.
Use Cases cont.
Creates a mechanism for obtaining informal,
Gives instructor a way of ﬁnding what students
know/want to know/need to know more of, etc.
Tag clouds (mind maps to create visual
My resources are on furl.net for this presentation
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Ofﬁce hours, information sharing, eases collaboration
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many others although ﬂickr is the best and most
commonly used to my knowledge.
Share, comment, add notes to photos or images you
want to use in classroom/environment.
Embed photos into your environment
Combine photos w/ geo-tagged data for Google
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Peer review of work.
Real-time collaboration on group projects/
Tracked changes (know who participates on what,
“As for the near future of collaborative systems, Jeff
says that blogs, wikis and podcasts will start to merge
with more educationally focused systems in
2007.)” (RWW, e-learning 2.0)
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Google Video (http://video.google.com)
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edublogs.com (Anyone can sign up for an
educational content blog)
Share, connect, engage.
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Use cases cont:
Twitter for class announcements
Creating a classroom community
Learning both inside and outside of the classroom
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drop.io (ﬁle sharing)
myﬁles.bgsu.edu (speciﬁc tool for BGSU)
slideshare.net (share slideshows from PowerPoint)
scribd.com (allows for document uploading)
Sharing information is an essential component to web 2.0; my resources
guide for this seminar is even on furl.net!
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Very many tools here, although a brief summary
would be: discussion forums, twitter, blogs, RSS,
Instant messaging, social bookmarking, etc.
Depending on the tool there are very many out there.
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Several others in the works, and some people use
gaming environments such as Civilization Revolution,
World of Warcraft etc. to teach concepts and ideas
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Virtual Worlds/MMO cont.
BGSU SecondLife Island (http://tinyurl.com/
Physics simulations, Chemistry, etc.
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slurl.com (SecondLife coordinates)
Google Earth integration
History teaching, etc.
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Blackboard Content Management System
Moodle (Open source far better alternative to BB)
Create/deliver training and education through a
structured delivery system.
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Create and integrate information into a very
interesting and usable interface. Very many
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RSS - Really Simple Syndication
RSS is simply a ﬁle format that allows you to syndicate
and aggregate information from/to various portals and
locations around the internet without having to multiply
Share, integrate, explore content from various
sources in one area (aggregator).
Moves from a more “pull” then “push” system
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http://web2highered.ning.com/ (social network for
http://college2.ning.com/ (another web 2.0 social
network focused on web 2.0 & higher ed.)
facebook.com, myspace.com, linkedin.com
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epsilen.com (BGSU offers this)
Create a digital online repository for your publications
and materials to show to employers, teachers, etc.
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C&TE Program - Web 2.0
Obtain a partner & begin brainstorming on how the
C&TE program could beneﬁt from the implementation
of web 2.0 tools to facilitate education.
Provide speciﬁc examples of what tools could be
used, where, and why they would be beneﬁcial to the
Examples can be of any web 2.0 tools and are not
limited to the constraints of this presentation.
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Innovative Uses/Uses of Web
2.0 Tools in other content areas
Obtain a partner & begin brainstorming on how any
other various subjects that you are knowledgeable in
can have value added to them or somehow enhance
the course, ability for learner to learn, etc.
Focus on courses/subject matters that you may have
not previously known of tools or how to implement
them to make the learning more engaging to the
learner and more interactive & focus on web 2.0
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Please see http://furl.net/group/Web2Education
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Questions/Comments? Thank you for attending.
You can ﬁnd my presentation uploaded in PDF
format to http://slideshare.net under the username
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