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SCOPE Conference - Wikis, Podcast, and Blogs, Oh My!

Presentation at the Suffolk County SCOPE Conference on November 2, 2007

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SCOPE Conference - Wikis, Podcast, and Blogs, Oh My!

  1. 1. Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My!! SCOPE Conference November 2, 2007 Corinne Carriero and Ellen Robertson
  2. 2. Web 2.0 <ul><li>I didn’t know there was a 1.0! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Shift from “read only” to “read/write” </li></ul><ul><li>No need to know geeky html, FTP, server side language </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can be a publisher on the web with these technologies </li></ul><ul><li>You can “drive” without needing to know what is “under the hood” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Shift from static content to ability to remix and re-publish according to individual needs </li></ul><ul><li>Tools are profoundly social </li></ul><ul><li>Web evolving into an area of social and idea networking </li></ul>
  5. 5. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Now EVERYONE (geeks included) can be a </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher (website, blogs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DJ (podcast a playlist) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert (add to a wiki) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadcaster (YouTube, vodcasting) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editor (podcasts and wikis) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network (social networking sites) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critic (travel/hotel sites) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndicated broadcaster (RSS feeds) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Examples of the shift from Web 1 - 2: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ofoto - Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mp3.com - Limewire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Britanica Online - Wikipedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal websites - Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publishing - Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content management systems - Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directories (taxonomy) - Tagging (folksonomy) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Implications For Education <ul><li>Tremendous opportunity to discover, publish, and share </li></ul><ul><li>Provides authentic arena for student work </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to create/modify information and create new content </li></ul><ul><li>Provides ability to share content across several services </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues---whose work is it? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Implications For Education <ul><li>&quot;It's important that students know how to manage it, interpret it, validate it, and how to act on it,” </li></ul><ul><li>Dell executive Karen Bruett </li></ul><ul><li>It's interdisciplinary combinations--design and technology, mathematics and art--&quot;that produce YouTube and Google,” </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Friedman, author of The World Is Flat </li></ul>
  9. 9. Web 2.0 is Us One Teacher’s Wanderings on Web 2.0 Language Learners and Web 2.0
  10. 10. Some Web 2.0 Tools <ul><li>http://www.go2web20.net/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See in community:minti, twitter, grouprecipes, cloud, my church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See in teacher: tteach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In download: whisher, uPlayMe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In discover:bottletalk, slideshare </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Some more Web 2.0 tools <ul><li>http://www.internet4classrooms.com/Web2.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.shambles.net/web2/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. sacredcowdung .com/archives/2006/03/all_things_web.html </li></ul>
  12. 12. Wikis “ Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge”. Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, 2004
  13. 13. Wiki Defined <ul><ul><li>Collaboratively edited body of work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created by Ward Cunningham in 1995 as an easy publishing tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short form of “wiki-wiki”, Hawaiian for “quick” bus system </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Wiki Defined (cont’) <ul><ul><li>created in real time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>everyone is “editor in chief” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>considered “open source” – no one owns it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>everyone together is smarter than everyone alone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>everyone can: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>add </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>fix </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>erase </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>start </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Power of Wikis <ul><li>2004 tsunami that killed 175, 000 people: </li></ul><ul><li>1 st post appeared 9 hours later as a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>24 hrs later--- 400 edits with photos, charts, lists of dead </li></ul><ul><li>48 hrs later--- 1,200 edits and included video of wave itself </li></ul><ul><li>Forget CNN —this was the most comprehensive info of all media </li></ul>
  16. 16. Types of Wikis <ul><ul><li>Wikitextbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikirecipes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikitravel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiktionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikinews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikiquotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom curriculum wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Wiki of wiki authoring sites http://www. usemod . com/cgi-bin/wiki .pl? SiteList </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Wiki examples <ul><li>Laptops For Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>TEAM at NECC </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Learning Community </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plans/Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Quick collaboration </li></ul>
  18. 18. Wikipedia: aka “Whackypedia? <ul><li>Who is an authority? </li></ul><ul><li>High profile errors </li></ul><ul><li>“Cream” rises to the top or curdles </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative efforts of the group determine veracity </li></ul>
  19. 19. Wiki’s in education <ul><ul><li>teaches students collaborative construction of knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaches negotiation skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaches publication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaches students how to create community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be used solely to collect and disseminate school information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be used as an articulation tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be used to amass and publish tailor made resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>authentic, purposeful work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>edited body of work becomes reference tool for others </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Basic Wiki components <ul><ul><li>Editable pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to upload documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to invite editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History of changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revert back tool </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Challenges of Wiki Use in Education <ul><ul><li>Some wikis are questionable resources for research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymous authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-posted information may be modified/spammed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filtering </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Free Wiki sites (special considerations for educators) <ul><li>wikispaces.com </li></ul><ul><li>pbwiki.com </li></ul><ul><li>jotspot.com (has wysiwig editor) </li></ul><ul><li>seedwiki.com </li></ul><ul><li>wikicities.com </li></ul><ul><li>webnote (like eBoard) http://www. aypwip . org/webnote </li></ul><ul><li>Lots more wiki tools: http://www. usemod . com/cgi-bin/wiki .pl? SiteList </li></ul><ul><li>Wikialong.org (firefox plug-in lets you leave notes on ANY website) </li></ul>
  23. 23. What Could YOU Use a Wiki For? <ul><li>Create a classroom website </li></ul><ul><li>Create a class newspaper by wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Create a book by wiki (group authoring) </li></ul><ul><li>Course review </li></ul><ul><li>Students use a wiki to plan the details of a field trip </li></ul><ul><li>Students manage various project tasks, goals, responsibilities, and so on </li></ul>
  24. 24. What Could YOU Use a Wiki For? <ul><li>Collaborate on an international unit </li></ul><ul><li>E-pal exchange using a themed wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Project development with peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Track a group project </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul>
  25. 25. Podcasts
  26. 26. What Can You Do With Podcasting? <ul><li>Speak </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Teach </li></ul><ul><li>Learn </li></ul>
  27. 27. Why Do Kids Think Its Cool? <ul><li>Podcasting enables anyone with a microphone, a computer and an Internet connection publish audio shows that can be listened to by people anywhere in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts are free and can be automatically downloaded to portable media players, so you can listen to them whenever it's convenient. </li></ul>
  28. 28. There are already many types of podcasts, including audio books, music shows, news, humor and sports. Most podcasts are created by amateurs, but there are also commercial podcasts and independently produced podcasts. There are podcasts in Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Mohawk, Spanish, and many other languages. From podcastingnews.com
  29. 29. Podcasts and Vodcasts <ul><li>Pre-recorded radio (and now video) series or episodes that are delivered to your computer [think “Flash Gordon” Saturday matinees!] </li></ul><ul><li>Allows educators/students to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish audio and/or video content to web that can then be “subscribed” to by an “aggregator” like iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can then be synched to an MP3 player </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Where are Podcasts? <ul><li>Podcasts can originate as a website that will enable visitors to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find specific episodes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to present and future episodes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to/view episodes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment /interact with the episode or producer of the episode </li></ul></ul>See a sample: http: //hhhskills . podomatic .com/
  31. 31. Educational Podcast Samples <ul><li>LOTE - U. Ferriola </li></ul><ul><li>Art - A. Uttendorfer </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies - C. Smalley </li></ul><ul><li>School/Community Partnerships - HHH/LIU/Heckscher </li></ul>
  32. 32. Find Education Podcasts <ul><li>iTunes > iTunes store > Podcasts>education OR </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes>iTunes store>Podcasts>browse OR </li></ul><ul><li>Education Podcast Network http: //epnweb .org OR </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast.net </li></ul>
  33. 33. How to “subscribe” <ul><li>Install a free podcast “aggregator” on your machine (e.g. iTunes or iPodder ) </li></ul><ul><li>Search through iTunes directory </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the subscribe button </li></ul><ul><li>If you find a podcast on a website, copy the URL of the podcast, go to iTunes, go to advanced, subscribe to podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Some sites have a podcast subscribe button that auto subscribes you to iTunes if clicked </li></ul>
  34. 34. You DON’T Need One of These to Listen to Podcasts
  35. 35. And You Don’t Need This! Almost all podcasts are free!
  36. 36. Subscribe to Podcasts to: <ul><li>Use as “do nows” for your classes </li></ul><ul><li>Learn a new language </li></ul><ul><li>Keep students informed of current events </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly hear the news of the day </li></ul><ul><li>Stay healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about finances </li></ul><ul><li>Laugh </li></ul>See the epnweb directory
  37. 37. What do I need to create a podcast? ( simplest form for PC or Mac): <ul><li>MP3 recorders or a computer with recording capabilites (ALL Macs come equipped to record) </li></ul><ul><li>Software for recording MP3s ( Audacity and its LAME framework--free!) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer to edit/enhance the audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Weblog or Podcast server or access to a free site such as podomatic </li></ul>
  38. 38. Vodcasting needs (simplest form) <ul><li>MP3 recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Digital camera </li></ul><ul><li>Software for recording audio (Audacity and its LAME framework) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/software to create slideshow or movie with narration and export as a .mov file </li></ul><ul><li>QuickTimePro7 to save the .mov as .mv4 </li></ul><ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Weblog or Podcast server or access to a free site such as podomatic </li></ul>
  39. 39. Blogs Instant Pubishing of Ideas For “Everyman”
  40. 40. What’s a Blog? Yak Yak Yak and Yadayadayada ? <ul><li>Originally were “web logs” </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to online diary </li></ul><ul><li>Different from regular web page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not static </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short--invite viewers to look at other resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated often </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. What’s a blog (continued) <ul><li>Comprised of info, links, reflections, conversations (comments), photos, graphics, videos, rss feeds, podcast feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Engage readers with ideas, questions, links </li></ul>
  42. 42. What Are the Subjects of Blogs? “ there are blogs about dogs and frogs even people who wear clogs there are flying blogs and frying blogs, crying blogs and dying blogs You get the idea….blogs are hot!” ~Will Richardson Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts Most Read Blogs: http://www. bloglines . com/topblogs
  43. 43. Educational Blogs <ul><li>Geared to teachers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to ideas, other educational sites, lesson plans, conferences, pedagogy, philosophies, other ed blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space for responses: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange of ideas </li></ul></ul></ul>50 million blogs tracked in July 2006 100X 3 years ago
  44. 44. Blogs for Educators to Explore <ul><li>Blog by a teacher discussing a project wikispaces project </li></ul><ul><li>Blog by Web 2.0 guru Will Richardson http: //weblogg-ed .com/ </li></ul>
  45. 45. Instructional Use of Blogs <ul><li>Develop language skills </li></ul><ul><li>Promote critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Promote creative thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Increase exposure to quality information </li></ul><ul><li>Promote reflection and social interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection journals, class portals, online filing cabinets, portfolios, websites </li></ul>
  46. 46. Instructional Use of Blogs <ul><li>Post prompts for writing </li></ul><ul><li>Provide exemplars of class work--celebrate and display student work! </li></ul><ul><li>Provide online readings for classes to react to and comment on </li></ul><ul><li>Gather and organize internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Post photos and class activities </li></ul><ul><li>Literature circles </li></ul><ul><li>Online book clubs </li></ul>
  47. 47. To understand the potential of blogging as a teaching and learning tool, become a blogger!
  48. 48. Open a Personal Blog Account <ul><li>For a free personal blog space, go to Blogger.com (take the tour) </li></ul>
  49. 49. Use Discretion in Blogging <ul><li>Information posted today may have a shelf life of many years </li></ul><ul><li>A personal tidbit about blog retention-- found this “artifact” when logging onto the new blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>A blog is not a place to lash out at others or post reasons why you are not happy with your job! </li></ul>
  50. 50. Free Blog Tools For Classes <ul><li>*For class blogs in a safe, private space, look at class blogmesiter .com or the new 21 classes http://www.21classes.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll need to discuss appropriate blogging policies with your class, so here is a great resource: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http: //budtheteacher . com/wiki </li></ul></ul></ul>
  51. 51. How do I remember where this stuff is? <ul><li>You’ve seen all these great blogs and are now suffering from “infowhelm”! HOW do you remember WHERE this great info is and how to RETURN to it? </li></ul><ul><li>Use RSS feed technology! </li></ul>
  52. 52. What are RSS Feeds? <ul><li>RSS stands for R eally S imple S yndication </li></ul><ul><li>A technology that helps you subscribe to frequently updated web content like blogs, news feeds, podcasts and vodcasts </li></ul><ul><li>You then use an aggregator to collect all these subscriptions in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators can be software or web-based </li></ul>See Will Richardson’s primer on rss: RSSFAQ4. pdf
  53. 53. Search and Subscribe <ul><li>Get a page at Google Reader or bloglines .com to store all your RSS feeds; once you do this, all you have to do is go to that page once in awhile to read ALL your news in one place! </li></ul><ul><li>Find some RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A great RSS feed search engine: http://www.search4rss.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ OK, I found some great blogs and news sites I want to keep track of---how can I do this automatically?” Use your bloglines account! </li></ul>
  54. 54. Blogs for Educators to Explore <ul><li>Take a look at these blogs by different types of educators: edublog Award winners http://www. incsub .org/awards/ http://www.teachers.answers. com/main/teachers_weblogs .jsp Google blog searcher: http://search. blogger .com/ </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT are they writing about? </li></ul><ul><li>WHY are they publishing? </li></ul><ul><li>Are outsiders commenting? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the WORTH of such sites? </li></ul>