Conquering the Web 2.0 Roller Coaster

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Conquering the Web 2.0 Roller Coaster

  1. 1. Sharon Scinicariello University of Richmond SCOLT/SEALLT 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>Using Web 2.0 tools is like riding a roller coaster: </li></ul><ul><li>Learning a new tool = scaling the lift hill </li></ul><ul><li>First successful use = exhilaration of the first drop </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation = enjoying the ride </li></ul><ul><li>But the end of the ride comes too soon. Enthusiasm wanes; you have to start over. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Ofoto (K. Gallery) </li></ul><ul><li>Britannica Online </li></ul><ul><li>Personal websites </li></ul><ul><li>CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Stickiness </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication </li></ul>Web 1.0 Web 2.0
  4. 4. <ul><li>Enhanced interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Free&quot; storage for files and documents </li></ul><ul><li>Online editing </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Online collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Free&quot; web publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Promote collaborative and constructivist learning </li></ul><ul><li>Promote creativity and address individual student needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage communication beyond the walls of the classroom. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Common in the workplace; schools must prepare students to use these tools effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize the need for specialized software and hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Permit learning outside traditional classroom and laboratory spaces </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Every day a new tool </li></ul><ul><li>Tools are public </li></ul><ul><li>Tools have a learning curve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Successful use requires experimentation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tools promote time-consuming collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Tools are unreliable </li></ul><ul><li>Tools disappear </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Use the tools to conquer the tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a learning network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assemble your own toolbox </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools by function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When in doubt, pick well-known rather than brand-new tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Separate e-mail and password for on-line tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create activities for learning goals before choosing tools </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Personal Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space where you collect resources you need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual den </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal / Professional Learning Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People you connect with to learn </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>My Yahoo! </li></ul><ul><li>iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes ( http://www.pageflakes.com ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very versatile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Netvibes ( http://www.netvibes.com ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slightly less easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More versatile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multilingual </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Place to assemble the RSS feeds (aka ‘live bookmarks’) from the social networks in which you participate and the news sources you read </li></ul><ul><li>You see the changes at a glance and can keep track of multiple sources easily </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes example: a personal/private page to monitor social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes example: a ‘pagecast’ for everyone to monitor French news sites </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><ul><li>http://globalstudiowiki.wetpaint.com/page/Tools+to+Try </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IALLT Learning Ning ( http://ialltlearning.ning.com ) </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>Twitter ( http://twitter.com ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>or other microblogging tool, e.g., Plurk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tumblr ( http://www.tumblr.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo ( http://www.diigo.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious ( http://delicious.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs, e.g. Edublogs ( http://edublogs.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis, e.g. http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Nings ( http://www.ning.com ) </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Connect with others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with two or three people to ‘follow’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comment on what they write </li></ul><ul><li>Write about your activities and invite comment </li></ul>READ REFLECT PRACTICE REFLECT
  15. 17. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn about useful resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet potential collaborators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t take much effort </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow one or two interesting people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See who they ‘talk to’ on Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow resources, e.g., @MyLearningSpace </li></ul></ul>
  16. 19. <ul><li>Very basic blogging tool </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Share on Tumblr’ button for browser </li></ul><ul><li>A form of commented bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Good for quick notes about web pages and media </li></ul><ul><li>Good for novice learners who can’t write much </li></ul>
  17. 20. Sharon’s Tumblr Blog
  18. 21. Tumblr ( http://www.tumblr.com ) Interface
  19. 22. <ul><li>Diigo ( http://www.diigo.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious ( http://www.delicious.com ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The two can interoperate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diigo has ‘groups’ for sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join groups that interest you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Delicious has ‘networks’ for sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join a network in your interest </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diigo has annotation possibilities </li></ul>
  20. 24. <ul><li>Find, read, and comment upon several interesting blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Join and contribute to wikis on topics of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your own blog and/or wiki and invite others to comment and contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Two good people to follow on Twitter and read: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joe Dale (FL teacher in the UK) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. <ul><li>Social networking sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook but usually focused on interests not personal relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access can be controlled </li></ul><ul><li>Members can have their own pages and blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Photos, videos, mp3s can be uploaded </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Interest groups </li></ul>
  22. 28. <ul><li>http://www.ning.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep track of the nings to which you belong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a new ning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some nings have their own addresses, but they work the same way </li></ul><ul><li>The IALLT Learning Ning is a good way to get started </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like-minded people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All but first page restricted to members </li></ul></ul>
  23. 30. http://ialltlearning.ning.com
  24. 31. <ul><li>Have clear objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Choose versatile tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tumblr / Diigo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pageflakes / Netvibes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simplify as much as possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s the content—not the technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with others, especially with your students </li></ul>
  25. 32. <ul><li>IALLT Learning Ning ( http://ialltlearning.ning.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Apprendre 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail me at [email_address] </li></ul>

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