Thursday, October 18, 2007
Whenever possible, I am boycotting PowerPoint as a presentation tool because of the limited potential for engagement. Instead, I have assembled some talking topics and many links to resources in this comment-enabled blog which I hope will serve as a continuing resource and forum for exchange of ideas.
With many thanks to my good friend and wonderful colleague Jacquie Moloney, and my great new friends Sadaf Charity and Charmaine Hickey! -ray
As with all of the postings, click on the title to access the relevant site.
New applications are released daily - CNet's Web 2.0 Top 100 2007.
RSS feeds from three blogs are displayed in the right column ->
Google's FeedBurner is an advanced RSS generator.
Subscribe to feeds via browser or any of many aggregators.
Blog = weB + LOG Blogs are web pages that are easily updated with updates displayed in reverse chronological order. Blogs are effective ways to engage students (who have used blogs for years in MySpace and FaceBook) in journaling, sharing creative work, and filtering. Best practices and examples of blogs in education:
- Recently Updated Blogs at Harvard Law
- Teacher and class blog samples
- Ways to Use Blogs in Education - eSchool News
Google ranking for a couple of Ray's blogs:
Podcasting is revolutionizing the media. Initially growing out of audio blogs - podcasts have evolved over the past four years to become enhanced podcasting with graphics, chapters, and video! Disseminated via RSS updates, the technology does not require an iPod - in fact many listen/view podcasts on their desktop and laptop computers. Software options for creating multi-media podcasts include ToolFactory for PC users and ProfCast for Mac users.
- UIS iTunes U - podcasting resources and links.
- EDUCAUSE - 7 Things You Should Know about Podcasting.
- Another "enhanced" version - SlideCasting!
- Citizendium - Wikipedia in vetted, edited form
- Wikibooks open content textbooks!
- Google Docs (check out this url for SSL access: http://tinyurl.com/2yudz2)
- Ray's Sample Course Syllabus Wiki (password=otel)
Another great wiki tool is Wet Paint!
Check out the new Online and Blended Learning Wet Paint site and add some resources or comments!
- X-Drive - 5 gB storage free - allows sharing - requires AOL IM logon
- Orbitfiles - 6 gB storage free - allows sharing - movies, mp3s, any data
- Flickr - store and display photos - tag photos for sharing and join topical photo groups
- del.icio.us - store and share bookmarks - great for web collections - tag web pages
There are many more examples of this type of Web 2.0 application!
- MySpace - this is used by teenagers - paricularly popular in middle and high school
- Facebook - this is most popular among older teens, twenties, etc. - more than 95% of college students are in Facebook!
- LinkedIn - this is most popular in the business, consulting and professional community
In remarkable ways these communities are replacing (or supplementing) face-to-face communities.
- Mobile Texts
- Instant Messages
- Desktop Apps
- Web Timeline
It's social networking - messages flitting from one place to another.... twitterers communicate in tweets (short text messages).
- atwit·ter (ə twit′ər)
in a state of nervous excitement
- Frappr is a very popular social mapping application
- SiteMeter autocreates a map of locations visiting a web page - such as this one of visitors in the past day to the Online Learning Update blog.
There are many ways that we might use these in classes or to make meaning out of multiple sets of data.
To combine a couple of Web 2.0 applications - check out this Flickr of Images tagged as Mashups !
- The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education provide a framework.
- Many faculty members in our field subscribe to a social constructivist approach.
- A fine collection of articles on Web 2.0 theory is found in the wiki supporting the book Engaging Students in Digital Writing.
- An evolving theory built around the advent of the internet in education is Connectivism by George Siemens.
The Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive collects copies of online materials - billions (85) of Web pages - and keeps them neatly archived by year and month. This is a grand resource for many purposes - not the least of which is to revive "dead" links. The Internet Archive also will serve up audio for podcasts and other applications!
Web 2.0 continues to evolve and expand. Along the way there are developments that lift us to a new level - the iPhone and Touch iPod for example. It appears that these platforms have helped us to pass the barrier to mobile learning (M-Learning or Handheld Learning). Check out this tour of the Colorado Tech online learning portal via an iPhone: http://www.ctuonline.edu/ctumobile/
Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVE) have also passed a threshold with the advent of Second Life. In Higher Ed in Second Life: Fall 2007 you can glimpse the future of simulations and virtual interactions. And, Second Life, is only one of some three dozen active MUVEs - and speculation is rampant that Google is about to release the Metaverse "My World" - a MUVE / social networking site with avatars roaming Google Earth!
This reminds us of words attributed to Hericlitus, in about 500 B.C.
"the only thing constant is change itself"
A Vision of Students Today .
I hope this will be a springboard to some continuing Conversations.