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Web 2.0: A waste of time, or a revolutionary way of working--but is it dead already?


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Web 2.0: A waste of time, or a revolutionary way of working--but is it dead already?

  1. 1. EDU 626Integrating Educational Technology Spring 2013 What is Web 2.0? A waste of time, or a revolutionary way of working? --but is it dead already?
  2. 2. 2Meet Abby, the digital native!
  3. 3. 3 Where does Web 2.0 fit?Uploaded by loots1964 on Oct 21, 2009Originally, I planned on having kids tell me about how they used Web 2.0 technologies inschool, but when I saw their reaction to my question, that they clearly had no idea what aWeb 2.0 was - by name, at least, I realized I had stumbled onto a fascinating little bit ofinformation. Web 2.0 is so innate to digital natives, that they can‟t even identify it by name!
  4. 4. 4What is web 2.0, then? The definitions abound! Web 2.0 = the web as platform Web 2.0 = the underlying philosophy of relinquishing control Web 2.0 = glocalization (“making global information available to local social contexts and giving people the flexibility to find, organize, share and create information in a locally meaningful fashion that is globally accessible”)
  5. 5. 5More of what is web 2.0 Web 2.0 = an attitude not a technology Web 2.0 = when data, interface and metadata no longer need to go hand in hand Web 2.0 = action-at-a-distance interactions and ad hoc integration Web 2.0 = power and control via APIs Web 2.0 = giving up control and setting the data free
  6. 6. 6It’s all of that, and more!Web 2.0 is social, it‟s open (or at leastit should be), it‟s letting go of controlover your data, it‟s mixing the globalwith the local. Web 2.0 is about newinterfaces - new ways of searching andaccessing Web content. And last butnot least, Web 2.0 is a platform - andnot just for developers to create webapplications like Gmail and Flickr. TheWeb is a platform to build on foreducators, media, politics, community,for virtually everyone in fact!
  7. 7. 7So, what is Web 2.0?? From Presentation “Web 2.0” by Satyajeet Singh available on Slideshare
  8. 8. 8Maybe this might help!
  9. 9. 9Back to Satyajeet Singh
  10. 10. 10Participatory web? Dr. Mark Grabe
  11. 11. 11 Web 2.0 and constructivism What is the Connection Between Web 2.0 andConstructivist Theory? Web 2.0 tools can . . . allow students/learners to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. They can blog, edit, contribute, rank, tag, upload and enhance their web experiences through the use of Web 2.0 tools. Additionally through the use of social networking, learners can also be exposed to other learners‟ perspectives on a given topic or subject. • Social Constructivism, a wiki created for class EDER 679.09 Web 2.0 and Open Learning Environments
  12. 12. 12Elements of Web 2.0 Wikis and blogs and all What is a blog? • „A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who you get to know. There are many guides to choose from, each develops an audience, and there‟s also comraderie [camaraderie?] and politics between the people who run weblogs, they point to each other, in all kinds of structures, graphs, loops, etc.‟ • Dave Winer, The History of Weblogs Last update: Friday, May 17, 2002 at 12:37:09 PM Dave Winer is one of the pioneers of blogging. This blog began in 1997. Davenet is from 1994,
  13. 13. 13 What is a Blog? A log of websites visited? Or a personal journal? Orsomething else?“Defining this variable form is not easy in the highly opinionated blogosphere - nor is it simple in the increasing number of newsrooms that are in embracing blogging. . . . Capturing the blogging beast is no small matter, not when everybody from the lonely scribe in Paducah to me-too mass media in Manhattan is trying to get arms and minds around the virtual blob now encroaching online.” • Just what is a blog, anyway? By Michael Conniff Posted: 2005-09-29
  14. 14. 14Can we define blogs? “I don’t care,” “There is no need to define „blog.‟ . . . A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. People will use it however they wish. And it is way too soon in the invention of uses for this tool to limit it with a set definition.” • Jeff Jarvis, the veteran print journalist and prominent blogger behind BuzzMachine Quoted by Conniff in Just what is a blog, anyway?
  15. 15. 15OK-so what makes a blog? Technically, what is a weblog?A weblog is a hierarchy of text, images, media objects and data, arranged chronologically, that can be viewed in an HTML browser. • What makes a weblog a weblog? Fri, May 23, 2003; by Dave Winer Weblogs At Harvard Law
  16. 16. 16Another technical definition “. . . here’s a definition of what a blog is: A publication of content and Web links, sorted in chronological order, with the most recent at the top. The content reflects personal or corporate interests, and is almost always written by an individual. . . .” • What are Blogs, and Why Your Business Should Use One, Guest columnist Richard Zwicky, founder and the CEO of Metamend Software, a Victoria, B.C. based firm whose cutting edge Search Engine Optimization software has been recognized around the world as a leader in its field.
  17. 17. 17History of blogs Rebecca Blood:  The original weblogs were link-driven sites. Each was a mixture in unique proportions of links, commentary, and personal thoughts and essays.  These weblogs provide a valuable filtering function for their readers. The web has been, in effect, pre-surfed for them. • weblogs: a history and perspective 7 september 2000 rebeccas pocket • “Jesse‟s„page of only weblogs‟ lists the 23 known to be in existence at the beginning of 1999.” “. . . last updated on 12 Oct 2000” with about 200 or 300.
  18. 18. 18Who coined the term “weblog”? Jorn Barger
  19. 19. 19Blog History in Timeline Form Dawn of Internet Time:[=WWW time, ie about 1989-90] Tim Berners-Lee at CERN begins keeping a list of all new sites as they come online. June 1993: timbls blog NCSA‟s oldest archived What‟s New list of sites. June 1993: Netscape begins running its Whats New! list of sites. Jan 1994: Justin Hall launches Justin‟s Home Original logo for Page which would become Links from the Mosaic, the first web Underground. (Now Justin‟s Links) browser from NCSA
  20. 20. 1999: the year it all exploded• Early 1999: • Peter Merholz coins the term blog For What Its Worth after announcing he was going to pronounce web blogs as “wee-blog”. Ive decided to pronounce the word "weblog" as wee- blog. This was then shortened to blog. Or "blog" for short.• Early 1999: • Brigitte Eaton starts the first portal devoted to blogs with about 50 listings.• July 1999: • Metafilter‟s earliest archives.• July 1999: • Pitas launches the first free build your own blog web tool. [No longer available]• August 1999: • Pyra releases Blogger which becomes the most popular web based blogging tool to date, and popularizes blogging with mainstream internet users.
  21. 21. 21 Importance of 1999? Advent of easy-edit web interface• July 1999 . . . Pitas, the first free build-your- own-weblog tool launched• In August, Pyra released Blogger, and Groksoup launched• Late in 1999 software developer Dave Winer introduced Edit This Page [a forerunner of “Dave Winer, the Blog This?], and Jeff A. Campbell launched protoblogger and Velocinews technology maven” Dan Mitchell, New• All of these services are free, and all of them York Times, are designed to enable individuals to publish December 2, 2006 their own weblogs quickly and easily. Dave Winer‟s blog, • Rebecca Blood, weblogs: a history and perspective Scripting News, has been going since 1997
  22. 22. 22Why was Blogger so revolutionary? Rebecca Blood’s opinion:Blogger itself places no restrictions on the form of content being posted. Its web interface, accessible from any browser, consists of an empty form box into which Rebecca Blood is a contributing writer the blogger can type...anything: a passing to thought, an extended essay, or a childhood recollection. With a click, Blogger will post and a pioneering blog writer—her the...whatever...on the writers website, blog goes back to archive it in the proper place, and present April 1999 the writer with another empty box, just waiting to be filled.
  23. 23. 23Sample Blogger posting interface
  24. 24. 24Editing Blogger: wysiwyg
  25. 25. 25Editing Blogger: html view
  26. 26. 26Result (unfortunately, not updated!) •
  27. 27. 27Other blogging software TypePad‟s easy-to-use editor, lets you easily create feedback management tools, feed & manage student & teacher blogs, and podcast support, photo albums quickly customize and world-class customer support. designs and include videos, photos & podcasts. Free, Pro or Campus subscriptions. To get started with WordPress, set Powered by it up on a web host for the most flexibility or get a free blog on
  28. 28. 28Can blogging be “safe”? Safe blogs becoming a part of school Some safer blogging The fear of encouraging social networking and sites: leaving the door open for unsavory individuals to see what students are doing online has caused most districts to avoid the tool, said David Warlick, a North Carolina public speaker and author whos working on the second edition of “Classroom Blogging: A Teachers Guide to the Blogosphere.” But new educational software, such as Virtual Office or Moodle, which the Muskego-Norway School District has implemented this year, protects students by letting them "publish" their writing within a secure server where teachers can monitor the comments. • By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel Posted: March 25, 2007
  29. 29. 29A special case: microblogging
  30. 30. 30 Microblogging sitesWatch Video: Twitter in Plain English As the Twitter App Ecosystem Tightens, 12seconds Calls it Quits
  31. 31. 31What about wikis? What is a wiki?A wiki is a website where every page can be edited in a web browser, by whomever happens to be reading it. Its so terrifically easy for people to jump in and revise pages that wikis are becoming known as the tool of choice for large, multiple- participant projects. • WhatIs a Wiki (and How to Use One for Your Projects) by Tom Stafford, Matt Webb 07/07/2006
  32. 32. 32Does it have anything to do with Wikipedia? Wikipedia is a wiki The name “Wikipedia” is a portmanteau (a combination of portions of two words and their meanings) of the words wiki (a type of collaborative Web site) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world; anyone can edit it. • Wikipedia:About see also History of Wikipedia
  33. 33. 33Be careful, though! Wikipedia is just one example of a wiki,but not all wikis are Wikipedia or even likeWikipedia! Wikis can cover all sorts of content Wikis can be much more private than Wikipedia (or much more open, depending on how security is handled)
  34. 34. 34What does it have to do with a hula dancer? The word “wiki” is Hawai’ianExplanation by the inventor of wikis, Ward Cunningham: • Wikiwiki is the first Hawaiian term I learned on my first visit to the islands. The Ward airport counter agent directed me to take the Cunningham wiki wiki bus between terminals. I said what? invented wiki in He explained that wiki wiki meant quick. 1995.Did you intend the word to be pronounced as wee-kee (rhyming with leaky) or as wick-ey (rhyming with sticky)? • believethe former is the proper pronunciation though I’ve been known to use the latter. • Correspondence on the Etymology of Wiki November, 2003.
  35. 35. 35Wiki wiki sign outside Honolulu International Airport.(Image courtesy of A. Barataz)
  36. 36. 36There is an index to wikis online WikiIndex is the wiki of wikis. It is an effort to create a complete directory of wiki websites out there on the Internet, with a description of each wiki and various systems of categorisation. We want to help people find the kinds of wikis they are most interested in and to map out the Internet-wide wiki landscape. •
  37. 37. 37What about social networking? Social networking is the grouping of individuals into specific groups, like small rural communities or a neighborhood subdivision, if you will. Although social networking is possible in person, especially in schools or in the workplace, it is most popular online.Social networking websites function like an online community of internet users.
  38. 38. 38Social Networking explained
  39. 39. 39What exactly is it? Definition:We define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to (1)construct a public or semi-public profilewithin a bounded system, (2) articulate alist of other users with whom they share a * danah boyd *connection, and (3) view and traversetheir list of connections and those made byothers within the system. • boyd, d. m., & Ellison, N. B. (2007). Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 11. Nicole Ellison
  40. 40. 40A timeline of social networkingA Brief History of Social Networking Sites:1995 = founded1997 = Six Degrees of Separation founded (Closed 2001) [boyd & Ellison consider this the first social networking site!]1999 = Circle of Friends founded2002 = founded2003 = founded2004 = founded2004 = founded2005 = Yahoo!360 founded [now closed] • From a blog no longer available, dated June 26, 2007
  41. 41. An International Educational Social 41Networking SiteePals Corporation (TSXV: SLN) is an education technology company and the leading provider of safe social learning networks (SLN). Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers elementary and secondary school administrators, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning.
  42. 42. 42Another special case Second Life is a three- dimensional virtual community created entirely by its membership. Members assume an identity and take up residence in Second Life, creating a customized avatar or personage to represent themselves. The avatar moves about in the virtual world using mouse control and intuitive keyboard buttons. • What is Second Life?
  43. 43. 43Second Life snapshot
  44. 44. 44Social bookmarking Social Bookmarking Sites The Top Ten Social Social Bookmarking 101 Bookmarking Sites on the Web What is social bookmarking? It is By Wendy Boswell, Guide tagging a website and saving it for later. Instead of saving them to your web browser, you are saving them to the web. And, because your bookmarks are online, you can Acquired in March 2009 by easily share them with friends. • Whatis Social Bookmarking and How Can It Help Me? By Daniel Nations, former Guide Now shut down and superseded by nowClosed 10/1-2010
  45. 45. 45Another very special social tool 
  46. 46. 46A review of Glogster EDU Glogster EDU - Glogster The EDU community offered by Glogster is designed to alleviate the problems of inappropriate content and contact with "outsiders" not welcome in your class electronic community. The EDU area provides classes advertising-free glogs and easy teacher monitoring of student work. Students can comment and interact within a "gated community" with education-friendly options for collaboration and learning. Here is an example glog created by the TeachersFirst Edge team.
  47. 47. 47A Sample Glog for Web 2.0 sites
  48. 48. 48Another poster site
  49. 49. 49Creating stories out of social media How To Curate Conversations With Storify • Storify is the best way to gather tweets, comments, snippets and images from all around the Web and put them into one post. Its a new way of blogging that lets all your Internet friends participate. • Storify uses drag-and-drop to move messages from the service tabs - Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, Fli ckr, Instagram, Google, RSS, and more coming soon! - into your story. Favorites are a great way to pull out the posts you want, so that theyre all right there in Storify and easy to find and drag. • By Jon Mitchell / October 28, 2011
  50. 50. 50 Recent statistics for Web 2.0 Use ResearchSocial NetworkingComing and Going on FacebookFeb 5, 2013Lee RainieSocial NetworkingThe Demographics of SocialMedia Users — 2012Feb 14, 2013 Mar/State-of-Social-Media.aspx
  51. 51. 51 Web 2.0 and safety issues Help Kids Socialize Safely Online Help your kids understand what information should be private Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your childs website. Explain that kids should post only information that you — and they — are comfortable with others seeing Remind your kids that once they post information online, they cant take it back Know how your kids are getting online Talk to your kids about bullying Talk to your kids about avoiding sex talk online Tell your kids to trust their gut if they have suspicions Read sites‟ privacy policies
  52. 52. 52Find a good balance, though! You can be too restrictive! Content filters and firewalls are great for keeping kids away from pornography, as required by the Children‟s Internet Protection Act (download the PDF), or preventing them from updating their Bending the Rules: Facebook status during class. But the same filters A student at the Pleasantview Academy, can stop teachers from accessing cutting-edge in Hutchinson, Kansas, widgets and digital materials that have enormous uses ArtSnacks, a site potential for expanding learning. typically blocked by the school district, after an New Hampshire kindergarten teacher Maria Knee, exception is made for a a pioneer in using Web 2.0 tools with young class project. learners, points out that keeping powerful tools out Credit: Courtesy of of students‟ reach during the school day doesnt Kevin Honeycutt prepare them for life. "Our kids are going to be using these tools and sites anyway," she argues. • Playing It Too Safe Online Will Make You Sorry
  53. 53. 53Other cybersafety websites
  54. 54. 54Another useful resourceEmbrace Civility in the Digital Age promotes approaches to address youth well-being and risk in the digital age in a manner that promotes positive norms, increases effective Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. skills and resiliency, and encourages is the Director of young people to be helpful allies who Embrace Civility in the Digital Age. Nancy is positively intervene when they author of . . . Cyber Savvy: Embracing witness peers being hurt or at risk. Digital Safety and Civility (2011, Corwin • Press). Find Out about Nancy‟s books here.
  55. 55. 55Is Web 2.0 getting old already? Web 2.0 Is Over,All Hail the Age of Mobile On April 9, 2012, Web 2.0 lost its mantle as the most important Internet paradigm. We are now starting the Age of Mobile. Google and Facebook‟s Internet dominance is no longer guaranteed. They face a threat from below and an army of smartphone-touting masses that sees little distinction between the piece of hardware in their hands and the Internet world it opens up. • Is Web 2.0 dead, or was it never alive in the first place