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August 9th

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Principal Update

  1. 1. Principal Update 9 th August - Hamilton Social Software has revolutionised the internet enabling users to become active rather than passive. This practical workshop will provide principals with a quick overview of social software before launching into an in-depth look at a key social software tools blogs and wikis. Presentation avaliable at :
  2. 2. Focus: <ul><li>Overview of Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 and Education? </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs and Wikis – What they are and how schools </li></ul><ul><li>are utilising them? </li></ul><ul><li>Pros and Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Time to Plan and Play </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s Changed ? The Digital Landscape Web 1 vs. Web 2.0
  4. 4. Web 2.0 … <ul><li>The evolution of the web ( as we once knew it) </li></ul><ul><li>Social software. </li></ul><ul><li>Users are active rather than passive </li></ul><ul><li>Create and publish content. Shared constitution of meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Less about places and other nouns more about verbs. </li></ul>The Web What has changed in the last few years?
  5. 5. <ul><li>No html knowledge required. </li></ul><ul><li>Content flows in a variety of directions that depend on the behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>of those who produce the information and those who use it. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Web 2.0 is growing by the day. <ul><li>The growing list of web 2.0 applications </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Application for Education <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>Wikis Podcasts
  8. 8. <ul><li>A website with articles listed in chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs tend to have a few things in common: </li></ul><ul><li>An archive of older articles </li></ul><ul><li>A way for people to leave comments about the articles </li></ul><ul><li>A list of links to other related sites </li></ul><ul><li>One or more “feeds” like RSS … </li></ul><ul><li>Control of blog is with the person who has set it up </li></ul>
  9. 9. blogs <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why blog? <ul><li>Creates a learning community feel in a place away from the traditional environment. This learning community is open 24/7. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can give individual learners a voice – shifting the ‘power’ from the instructor to the learner. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs provide an authentic audience. An audience of educators, peers and a potential worldwide audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs allow for multiple feedback loops among the networked parties. Learning via a blog setting is now a social activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports differentiation. The blog gives some of our more verbally reserved individuals a forum for their thoughts. </li></ul><ul><li>Builds technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>Provides links to others sites and resources </li></ul>Blogs need to be thoughtfully integrated intoyour work. Simply blogging is not enough- blogs in learning must be driven by a clear purpose. Our kids need role models and guides to teach them socialisation skills to participate in a connected community.
  11. 11. <ul><li>I blog to: </li></ul><ul><li>Record, reflect and share my work </li></ul><ul><li>Record, reflect and share what I am reading( includes other blogs ) </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from others and keep up with my area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Create my own personal learning network of people and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a linked archive of categorised resources gathered on my learning journey </li></ul><ul><li>To connect, to be part of a wider community – my schools, colleagues, network of other bloggers </li></ul>
  12. 12. How might blogs be used in your school? For what purpose?
  13. 13. <ul><li>Tips for Effective Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to the purpose of your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with readers </li></ul><ul><li>Make it worthwhile </li></ul><ul><li>Build your blog bit by bit </li></ul><ul><li>Seek expert blogs to assist with posting on your own </li></ul><ul><li>Try and post at least once a week </li></ul><ul><li>Make all posts relate to student learning </li></ul><ul><li>If you mention it hyperlink it </li></ul><ul><li>Write and then cut in half </li></ul><ul><li>Use Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Get the stats back </li></ul>
  14. 14. Application for Education <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>Wikis Podcasts
  15. 15. wikis <ul><li>A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant:  you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously “under revision.” It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many. </li></ul>
  16. 16. wikis <ul><li>Rosetown </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Lyn Ross </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Fiona Grant </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Portal Of NZ Use of Web 2.0 in Education </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. How might wikis be used in your school? For what purpose?
  18. 18. Key Tools
  19. 19. Making a start with blogging THE FASTEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND BLOGGING IS TO TRY IT OUT.
  20. 20. 2. Create a post or two 1. Create your blog NB. Make sure your blog name and url is simple and reflects the content of your blog Study the templates carefully. Do they offer the structure you want in your blog? NB. Add a text post then another post with a link to a url and a picture. 3. View your blog
  21. 21. NB> Customise by thoughtfully answering the questions in each section. These all relate to the look and feel of your blog and the ability of others to interact with your blog 4. Customise Your Blog The Settings
  22. 22. Customising your blog template <ul><li>I believe all blogs should at least have: an archive/ a link list/ a profile </li></ul>Add these elements to your blog by : 1.Selecting the ‘Template’ tab 2. Selecting ‘Add a ‘Page Element’ 3. Selecting ‘Add to Blog’ on the desired element. Completing the required fields NB. The order of ‘Page Elements’ can be changed by dragging and dropping them in the desired area.
  23. 23. Customise your blog template 2 1. Edit the Header of your blog to reflect what your blog is about
  24. 24. Getting started with wikispaces <ul><li>1. Register for wikispaces and set up a new wiki – Create a username and password/Create a name for your wiki/ Join this wiki </li></ul><ul><li>2. Learn to use the basic editing tools </li></ul><ul><li>3. Explore ‘manage space’ and ‘my account’ </li></ul>
  25. 25. Enhancing your blog or wiki <ul><li>Set up an online file storage system – esnips </li></ul><ul><li>h ttp:// </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a hit counter </li></ul><ul><li>htt p:// </li></ul><ul><li>Locate Visitors </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Your blog is RSS capable </li></ul><ul><li>Create a 3D ID </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Expect to have to sign up for new tools </li></ul>More Widgets at :