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  1. 1. Welcome to Social Software in the ClassroomYou can prepare by:• going online (on your laptop or on a desktop)Network: SSSPassword: SpongeBob• contributing to our wiki by answering the following question: At the end of today what do you hope to have achieved? Rochelle Jensen, 2006
  2. 2. Note: Parking BayMaking the most of this network to address other issues.
  3. 3. Social Software in the Classroom Blogs and Wikis This practical workshop will provide teachers with a quick overview of social software before launching into an in-depth look at two tools – blogs and wikis. We will look at the merits of using these tools in the classroom and provide time and support to get started.Course Content will include: What else? Overview of social software What do you want more of Examples of classroom blogs or less of? Hands-on creating a blog Examples of wikis Overview of why and how to setup a wiki t we da y wha en d of t o At the hieve d? e ac ope t o hav our wi ki : h e on e spons 620 Post your r m/1 00024 .sk http://www
  4. 4. Plan of Attack 9-:10:30  Getting Started T  Education in the Digital Age Overview of social software and the potential impact on education  Creating a Student Centred Blog F Blogging in a Nutshell 11:00 -12:30 A  Blog Examples / Purpose/ Keeping Safe/  Setting Up a Blog –Planning / Getting Started R 1:15 – 2:30  Wikis – What? Why? How? D  Other  Reflection
  5. 5. Setting Up for Success Establishing a Learning CultureCollaborative – focus on sharing ideas, making sense of new material, helping eachotherQuestioning to make sense of materialShare talking time and ensure everyone participatesFlexibility and Multiple PathsSequenceDialogue and DiscussionCell-phones on silent at else??? W h
  6. 6. Learning GoalsBy the end of today… Web 2.0+Education Be familiar with key changes in the web Explore e- learning and the New Zealand curriculum Classroom Blogs - Have begun creating a purposeful blog and have the skills and knowledge to continue to grow your blog Wikis - Know what wikis are/ classroom application/knowledge of the set-up process
  7. 7. What’s Changed ?The Digital Landscape Our Learners Web 1 vs. Web 2.0
  8. 8. Social Software/ Web 2 oUsers are active rather than passive oCreate and publish content. o Shared constitution of meaning. oLess about places and other nouns more about verbs. oNo html knowledge required.oContent flows in a variety of directions that depend on the behaviors of those who produce the information and those who use it.
  9. 9. Web 1.0 was about reading, Web 2.0 is about writing Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is about communities Web 1.0 was about client-server, Web 2.0 is about peer to peer Web 1.0 was about HTML, Web 2.0 is about XML Web 1.0 was about home pages, Web 2.0 is about blogs Web 1.0 was about portals, Web 2.0 is about RSS Web 1.0 was about taxonomy, Web 2.0 is about tags Web 1.0 was about wires, Web 2.0 is about wireless Web 1.0 was about owning, Web 2.0 is about sharing Web 1.0 was about dialup, Web 2.0 is about broadbandWeb 1.0 was about hardware costs, Web 2.0 is about bandwidth costs
  10. 10. Web 2.0 can be organised in the following way: Aggregators - A site or program that gathers data from multiple sources and organizes the information to present in a new, more streamlined or appropriate format. Google , RSS feeds, Delicious … Social Networking - Websites focusing on connecting people with other people directly like MySpace, Club Penguin, Oldfriends, Secondlife … Social Media - User-generated content like blogs , wikipedia, webnote … Audio, Picture and Video - Online television such as YouTube,Pandora, Podcasts, Flickr… Web Applications - online programs that can do virtually everything your existing software programs can do. Googledocs for instance can replace your Microsoft Office programs. Check out the growing list of web 2.0 applications Rochelle Jensen, 2006
  11. 11. Social software supports the desire of individuals to bepulled into groups to achieve goals.
  12. 12. Talk to a partner, come up with one word that best describes web 2.0
  13. 13. What’s Changed ?The Digital Landscape Our Learners Web 1 vs. Web 2.0
  14. 14. Conventional Speed Step-by-Step Linear Processing Text First Stand-Alone
  15. 15. The e-LifeCommunicating Coordinating Searching IM, chat Projects, workgroups, Info, connections, MMORPGs peopleSharing Evaluating Analyzing Blogs, webcams Reputation systems– SETI, drug moleculesBuying & Selling Epinions, Amazon, Slashdot Reporting ebay Moblogs, photos GamingExchanging Solo, 1-on-1, small & Programming P2P large groups Open systems, mods,Creating Learning search sites, avatars, mods About stuff that interests them SocializingMeeting Learning social 3D chat rooms, dating Evolving behavior, influenceCollecting Peripheral, emergent behaviors Growing Up Exploring, mp3, video, sensor data transgressing Rochelle Jensen, 2006 © 2006 Marc Prensky
  16. 16. Do these new web 2.0 technologies actually have anything to offer us in the way of improving our pedagogy?Key Research Facts :• Learning becomes more personalised, social and flexible• Encourages: group/individual activitycollaborationactive involvement in creating contentsharing and exchange of information
  17. 17. E- Learning and the New Zealand Curriculum E- learning and Pedagogy **Making Connections **Facilitating Shared Learning **Creation of Supportive Learning Environments **Enhancing Opportunities to Learn
  18. 18. Blogging in a nutshello Example of Web 2.0o Definition from wikipedia : A blog is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting).oUser-friendlyoShare a common format. Lots of free blog providers.oControl of blog is with the person who has set it up
  19. 19. Blogs tend to have a few things in common:o A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest at the topo An archive of older articleso A way for people to leave comments about the articleso A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”o One or more “feeds” like RSS …
  20. 20. Setting Up a Student-Centered Classroom Blog1) Examples2) Purpose and Benefits3) Planning your classroom blog4) Making a start with
  21. 21. Surfing the Blogosphere Digging Deeper: o Searching for Blogs o RSS Feeds
  22. 22. Purposes of blogsoTeacher and Group communication Student Learning Generation Blogs Blogs
  23. 23. o Creates a learning community feel in a place away from the traditional classroom. This learning community is open 24/7o Blogs give individual learners a voice – shifting the ‘power’ from the instructor to the learnero Provides an authentic audience for student writing, an audience of peers, parents, and a potential worldwide audience.o Allows for multiple feedback loops among the networked students, teachers and other interested parties. Learning in a class blog setting is now a social activity.o Supports differentiation. The blog gives some of our more verbally reserved students a forum for their thoughts.o Encourages reading. To make a meaningful comment, or to choose their favorite post, the students first need to read what’s out there.o Encourages and teaches research skills. Encourages students to extend their research beyond the assigned work.o Builds technology skills Towards Reflective Blog Talko Provides links to others sites and resources s l u r na o n gJ riti W or de ctive rk Wi efle li os p Wo h oo l R rou Sc o rtfo G – E-P e f or B l og Blogs need to be thoughtfully integrated into gu t ed the curriculum. Simple getting learners to ialo ela blog is not enough- blogs in learning must be D tR n ten ur s e activity –centric. Co /C o e T hem
  24. 24. Planning your (classroom ) blogFood for ThoughtoWhat would be the purpose of your blog?oWhat are you going to write about?oHow often?oWho would read it ? Why would people read it?oWho would comment on it? Who would post on it ? Why?oWhat links will you have from your blog?oWill you pose photos?
  26. 26. 1. Create your blog 2. Personalise Settings 3. Make a post 4. Customise Your Blog -The Template NB> Customise by thoughtfully answering the questions in each section. These all relate to the look, feel and ability of others to interact with your blog
  27. 27. Tools to enhance your blog Widgets - Allanah King - Lenva Shearing
  28. 28. Tips o Stick to the purpose of your blog o Interact with readers o Make it worthwhile o Build your blog bit by bit o Seek expert blogs to assist with posting on your own o Try and post at least once a week o Make all posts relate to student learning
  29. 29. Student Safety and Privacy ConcernsThe following guidelines are by no means exhaustive, but may be helpful to address some real and legitimate concerns• Create a blog contracto Depending on the age of students, consider posting their work using a pseudonym instead of the students’ real names. In no cases use a student’s first name and last name on a blog posting.o Set up your blog so all comments must be moderated by you. Comments will be emailed to you for the ‘ok’ before being directly posted to your blog.o Keep the school community posted. Inform all stakeholders about your planned or ongoing use of blogs for instructional purposes. Solicit their support and feedback in advance, ideally before concerns or problems develop relating to blog postings. Blog Letter
  30. 30. Rochelle Jensen, 2006
  31. 31. What’s a wiki?
  32. 32. Exploring Wikis
  33. 33. Blogs Which tool? Wikis•Online diaries •Editable webpages•Some people can make main entries (posts), •Some people can make changes to any part ofanyone can comment. (This depends on how you the page. (This depends on how you set it up!)set it up!) •Greater potential for participation.•Greater degree of control by the administrator. •Greater flexibility in layout and organisation.•Easier to keep tidy.
  34. 34. Getting Started with Wikis – Rachel BoydGetting Tricky: - Lenva Shearing
  35. 35. Stay in