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Learning with Pageflakes and Netvibes

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Slides of presentation given at IALLT 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Learning with Pageflakes and Netvibes

  1. 1. Sharon Scinicariello Enza Antenos-Conforti University of Richmond Montclair State University IALLT 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 LRC? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate information for LRC </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>
  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><li>Pageflakes allows group creation </li></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>Pages can be shared </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Real World’ Software </li></ul>
  5. 5. <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>Often still teacher driven </li></ul>
  6. 6. <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’ (especially the mini-blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Restricted layout (widgets are fixed in width and length) </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>
  7. 7. Pageflakes Netvibes
  8. 8. Pageflakes Netvibes
  9. 9. <ul><li>Collect resources on specific topics of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Organize one’s tasks </li></ul><ul><li>http://teacher.pageflakes.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. http://teacher.pageflakes.com
  11. 11. Sharon’s Personal Page
  12. 12. <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>
  13. 13. http://www.pageflakes.com/urglobalstudio
  14. 14. http://www.pageflakes.com/urglobalstudio
  15. 15. <ul><li>Aggregate multiple sources of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce students to resources they need </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources persist after class has ended </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage life-long learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student-created pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on which resources are most valuable for their own learning </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. http://www.netvibes.com/francaisautravail
  17. 18. http://www.netvibes.com/wesch#Digital_Ethnography
  18. 19. <ul><li>Benefits of using a variety of technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Complements learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Present information in a variety of ways </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes social constructivism </li></ul><ul><li>Use teaching tools that are similar to what today’s learners are using in their everyday lives </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Delivers content in a variety of formats all in one place using widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight and “web 2.0” </li></ul>
  20. 27. <ul><li>The 2009 Horizon Report coined “the personal web” to represent a collection of technologies that confer the ability to reorganize, configure and manage online content rather than just viewing it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People are creating personal web-based environments to support their learning activities using whatever tools they prefer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher and student integration of multimedia and web feeds into the course website, as a means to provide a richer, more personalized learning experience for Italian language learners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students to develop customized pages to support learning styles and preferences </li></ul></ul>
  21. 28. <ul><li>Slideshare (sharongs) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Quickstart’ guides posted on IALLT Learning Ning </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  22. 29. <ul><li>http://www.pageflakes.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.netvibes.com </li></ul><ul><li>A Pageflakes Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>A Netvibes Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes: Teacher Edition </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes for Educators (presentation) </li></ul><ul><li>The 2009 Horizon Report </li></ul>

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