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  2. 2. GUIDING QUESTION How can we engage with students’ learning more meaningfully and personally – that is, in ways that hook into their everyday experiences and that build on their current knowledge using technology?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>2. Blogs, podcasts, wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul>COVERAGE
  4. 4. <ul><li>Web 2.0 is not a software package </li></ul><ul><li>It is the ‘read-write’ web </li></ul>WEB 2.0
  5. 5. O’Reilly (2005: online) WEB 2.0 WEB 1.0 WEB 2.0 Ofoto Flickr Napster Britannica Online Wikipedia Personal websites Blogging Publishing Participation Content mgt systs. Wikis Directories (taxonomy) Tagging (‘folksonomy’) Stickiness Syndication Software as package Software as service
  6. 6. <ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace, Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging, RSS </li></ul>WEB 2.0
  7. 7. BLOGGING
  8. 8. <ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Can be personal or professional </li></ul><ul><li>Single or multiple authors </li></ul><ul><li>Newest material shown at the top </li></ul>WHAT IS A BLOG?
  9. 9. <ul><li>Can include links, photos, video, audio, graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Posts are ‘tagged’ </li></ul><ul><li>Posts are archived </li></ul><ul><li>Readers can make comments </li></ul>WHAT IS A BLOG?
  10. 10. BLOGGING EXAMPLES Mr. Darnell’s English Class
  11. 11. Extreme Biology BLOGGING EXAMPLES Mr Voigt’s Student Discussion Board
  12. 12. <ul><li>Connection with others </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the community </li></ul>BLOGGING BENEFITS: CONNECTION
  13. 13. <ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Create connections </li></ul><ul><li>Developing links/networks with others </li></ul><ul><li>Readers in the wider world </li></ul>BLOGGING BENEFITS: NETWORKS
  14. 14. Richardson (2006: 40-2) <ul><li>Provide tips for other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on practice </li></ul><ul><li>Share ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Explore important issues in the profession </li></ul>BLOGGING BY AND FOR TEACHERS
  15. 15. Possible topics/uses BLOGGING BY AND FOR TEACHERS Professional issues Resource sharing Discoveries Pedagogy Classroom issues Curriculum Reflections on practice Educational policy Tips and tools School issues Networking Community announcements
  16. 16. <ul><li>Communicate latest info </li></ul><ul><li>Portal for what’s available </li></ul><ul><li>Add links </li></ul><ul><li>Provide advice </li></ul><ul><li>Point to assignment info </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with parents </li></ul>BLOGGING FOR STUDENTS
  17. 17. Richardson (2006: 40-2) and UHCL (n.d.:online) <ul><li>Post class-related info </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional tips </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment review </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment submission </li></ul><ul><li>Post prompts for reflection on class topics </li></ul>BLOGGING FOR STUDENTS
  18. 18. <ul><li>Comment on news items </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on current issues </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the ‘learning journey’ </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss workshop activities </li></ul><ul><li>Writing journals </li></ul><ul><li>E-portfolios </li></ul>Richardson (2006: 40-2) and UHCL (n.d.:online) BLOGGING BY STUDENTS: IDEAS
  19. 19. <ul><li>Blogs for individual students </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs for groups of students </li></ul><ul><li>But ... What are your aims ? </li></ul>BLOGGING BY STUDENTS: IDEAS
  20. 20. <ul><li>Be clear about why you will use a blog over other things </li></ul><ul><li>Use blogs for what they are good for </li></ul><ul><li>Use proven blogging tools </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging is not for everyone </li></ul>Farmer 2005: online BLOGGING CONSIDERATIONS
  21. 21. <ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Public domain? </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of expression </li></ul><ul><li>Defamation, libel </li></ul>BLOGGING CONSIDERATIONS
  22. 22. <ul><li>Privacy , access, security </li></ul><ul><li>Safe internet use and behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Protect your real name, e-mail account, personal info </li></ul>BLOGGING CONSIDERATIONS
  23. 23. <ul><li>Institutional policy & guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Safe learning environment </li></ul>BLOGGING CONSIDERATIONS
  24. 24. BLOGGING RESOURCES Username: meganpooredemonstration Password: meggelina
  26. 26. PODCASTING
  27. 27. <ul><li>Audio available on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>NOT just downloads or streams </li></ul><ul><li>You can subscribe to a podcast </li></ul>WHAT IS PODCASTING?
  28. 28. PODCASTING EXAMPLES Radio For Kids, By Kids
  29. 29. <ul><li>It’s ‘narrowcasting’ </li></ul><ul><li>Audience reach </li></ul><ul><li>No time limit for episodes </li></ul><ul><li>You can edit stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Link to blogs </li></ul>PODCASTING BENEFITS: GENERAL
  30. 30. <ul><li>Reach into the community </li></ul><ul><li>Vision-impaired </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Listen again </li></ul><ul><li>Human element of voice </li></ul><ul><li>Personal communication </li></ul>PODCASTING BENEFITS: FOR LISTENERS
  31. 31. <ul><li>Listen to a few different podcasts before you start </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it short </li></ul><ul><li>Determine your audience </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have fresh content </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment ?? </li></ul>PODCASTING CONSIDERATIONS
  32. 32. <ul><li>Watch out for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping up the momentum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time spent on podcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Release and indemnity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Podsafe’music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality audio </li></ul></ul>PODCASTING CONSIDERATIONS
  34. 34. learning in hand PODCASTING RESOURCES
  35. 35. WIKIING
  36. 36. <ul><li>A website that allows you to create and edit web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to collaborate on a single page </li></ul>WHAT IS A WIKI?
  37. 37. WIKI EXAMPLES Math 12V Outcomes Portfolio
  39. 39. <ul><li>Easy self-publication </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages collaboration and teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Easy set-up and management </li></ul><ul><li>Easy sharing of info </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates communication </li></ul>WIKI BENEFITS: FOR HUMANS Wet Paint (2007: online)
  40. 40. <ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Central location for document building and drafting </li></ul><ul><li>Document/content management </li></ul><ul><li>Version control </li></ul><ul><li>You will get notifications of changes made </li></ul>WIKI BENEFITS: ADMIN Wet Paint (2007: online)
  41. 41. <ul><li>Resource/research collections </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of info </li></ul><ul><li>Group projects </li></ul><ul><li>Posting class/course guides </li></ul>WIKIING: IDEAS Wet Paint (2007: online)
  42. 42. <ul><li>Peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Group FAQ </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>FAQs </li></ul>Wet Paint (2007: online) WIKIING: IDEAS
  43. 43. <ul><li>Wiki users should have a clear common goal </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis can build up areas of redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>Trust is all </li></ul><ul><li>Need a strong wiki community </li></ul><ul><li>Must be valuable on a personal level </li></ul>WIKIING CONSIDERATIONS Davies (n.d.)
  44. 44. <ul><li>Issues over provenance </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of collaboration and collegiality </li></ul><ul><li>Some can get concerned over who owns what ideas </li></ul>WIKIING CONSIDERATIONS
  45. 45. <ul><li>Start pages for different topics </li></ul><ul><li>e.g., assignment info </li></ul><ul><li>Aims and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Due date/submission info </li></ul><ul><li>Advice, links </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>WIKIING FOR TEACHERS
  47. 47. McGee and Diaz (2007: 38-40) SELECTING TECHNOLOGY <ul><li>Know your organisation ’s needs and external image </li></ul><ul><li>Know your students </li></ul><ul><li>Know your challenges </li></ul>
  48. 48. McGee and Diaz (2007: 38-40) <ul><li>Support what you implement </li></ul><ul><li>Tech is a means to an end </li></ul>SELECTING TECHNOLOGY
  49. 49. <ul><li>Choose a web tool </li></ul><ul><li>Write an outline . Consider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience/student needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aims/concept /outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How you would construct a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop? Unit? Individual program? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul>EXERCISE
  50. 50. Davies, Jonathan. n.d. Wiki Brainstorming and Problems with Wiki Based Collaboration. Unpublished Masters thesis, University of York, 2004. Farmer, James. 2005. How you should use blogs in education. Accessed: 2 December 2007. McGee, Patricia A. and Veronica Diaz. 2007. “Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs! Oh, My! What is a Faculty Member Supposed to Do?” in EDUCAUSE Review , 42 (5): 28–41. Richardson, Will. 2006. Blogs, Wiki, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms . Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press. Teaching Today. n.d. Blog Basics. Accessed: 2 December 2007. REFERENCES
  51. 51. UHCL. n.d. Blogs in Education . University of Houston Clear Lake. Accessed 17 Jan 2008. Wet Paint. 2007. Wikis in the Classroom. Accessed: 2 December 2007. REFERENCES
  52. 52. MORE INFO
  53. 53. LICENCE