Blogs, Podcasting, And Wikis

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Blogs, Podcasting, and Wikis: Social Software for Teachers

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Blogs, Podcasting, And Wikis

  1. 1. Blogs, Podcasting, and Wikis: Social Software for Teachers Dr. Kelly A. Woestman National Council for the Social Studies Annual Meeting Washington, DC December 2006
  2. 2. Blogs weblogs/online journals
  3. 3. Blogging <ul><li>Ease of publication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone can publish a webpage </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Blogging Software/Services <ul><li>Blogger – http://www.blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>Typepad – http://www.typepad.com </li></ul><ul><li>Gaggle - http://www.gaggle.net </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs and email </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Also check with school and/or district technology expert </li></ul><ul><li>Google (the verb) “teacher blogs” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be more specific also </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implications of Google buying Blogger </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogging Considerations <ul><li>Access restrictions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public or members (class) only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ spell out” email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ie woestman at pittstate dot edu </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Blogging & State Standards <ul><li>Analyze/Evaluate Readings </li></ul><ul><li>Active Participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective Practice </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Podcasting broadcast audio/video files
  9. 9. Podcasts & Podcasting <ul><li>Beyond the iPod </li></ul><ul><ul><li>way beyond! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Portable audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Portable video files </li></ul>
  10. 10. Podcasting Software <ul><li>Audacity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://audacity.soundforge.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can also use GarageBand on Mac </li></ul><ul><li>Can now record directly to iPods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only came with the latest generation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Podcasting Software (cont’d) <ul><li>You do NOT need to buy special software pacakages </li></ul><ul><li>Most blogging programs will allow you to “broadcast” podcasts through RSS feeds </li></ul>
  12. 12. RSS Feeds <ul><li>What the heck is RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>Arguments over what RSS stands for </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison to email </li></ul>
  13. 13. Greenbush Podcast Directory <ul><li>http://podcast.greenbush.us </li></ul>
  14. 14. Podcasting Conisderations <ul><li>Value-Added Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Student Active Learning/Ownership </li></ul>
  15. 15. Podcasting & State Standards <ul><li>Writing Skills (Scripts) </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students become Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer Coaches </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Wikis aka wikipedia
  17. 17. Wikipedia <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org </li></ul>
  18. 18. Wikis <ul><li>Critical Source Evaluation Essential </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students ‘validate’ the authenticity of a wikipedia entry by comparing it to other reliable sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But also provides us sources of information we don’t already have </li></ul>
  19. 19. Wikis <ul><li>Most useful as a collaborative project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students create a wiki on a particular topic, issue, time period, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It will help them see the networks between various types of information </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Think of wikis as TEXTUAL graphic organizers </li></ul>
  21. 21. Social Networking
  22. 22. National School Boards Association Report <ul><li>November 6, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>For the first time, the survey examined the phenomenon of social networking. </li></ul><ul><li>MORE HERE </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>http://speakingofhistory.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>
  24. 24. Conclusion <ul><li>http://teachinghistory.typepad.com/technology </li></ul>

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