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Learning with Pageflakes and Netvibes

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Outline and links for presentation at MAALLT 2009 (February 2009)

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Learning with Pageflakes and Netvibes

  1. 1. Sharon Scinicariello University of Richmond MAALLT 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>What are Pageflakes and Netvibes? </li></ul><ul><li>How can they be useful to educators? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Learning Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can they be useful in the classroom? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate information for students to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative to LMS (Blackboard, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can they be useful in the LRC? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate information for LRC </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Services to create personal start pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoogle, My Yahoo! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protopage, My Webwag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Netvibes, Pageflakes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allow the sharing of pages </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pageflakes allows group creation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ready-made ‘widgets’ and ‘flakes’ available </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Aggregate information in one place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News (RSS feeds) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarks (Delicious, Diigo) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr Photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid RSS </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Real World’ Software </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Limited choice of interface language </li></ul><ul><li>Group editing of pages </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to use </li></ul><ul><li>Very useful ‘flakes’ </li></ul><ul><li>Multilingual interface </li></ul><ul><li>No group editing of pages unless username/password shared </li></ul><ul><li>Harder to use </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of widgets but harder to find and implement </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Home </li></ul><ul><li>Unit on Planning a Vacation </li></ul><ul><li>Activities about the Future </li></ul><ul><li>Activities about the Conditional </li></ul><ul><li>Tourist Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Students Page </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark Wesch: Digital Ethnography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Le Français au Travail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes for the LRC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From the Global Studio </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Multiple sources of information in one place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LRC main page, blog, wiki, ning, bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promotes instructional use of social technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Models use of RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allows targeting of specific groups with tabs </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly changing without much maintenance </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Reliability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial sites go down, go bankrupt </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FERPA issues </li></ul><ul><li>Time-consuming to find and implement flakes/widgets and organize information </li></ul><ul><li>Still teacher driven </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write for ‘quickstart’ guides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Slideshare (sharongs) </li></ul><ul><li>IALLT 2009 </li></ul>

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