Welcome to the Web 2.0 wikispace!

"The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." -- Alvin Toffler
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” --George Bernard Shaw

Here you will find all of the resources you had in class, plus the discussion board where you can ask questions and share success stories about all of the new applications you are using.

Day One

To start us off, I thought we might laugh a little.....

Then think a little.....

What does this short video make you think about the future of education? Feel free to respond directly on this page.
  • Things are moving quickly
  • We need to change faster and embrace the changes
Need to Change faster. Need to become familiar with technology quicker than our students.
  • When will our job (as it is now) become obsolete?
  • As educators we need to change the way we are teaching our children. We need to change the way we think.
  • There will eventually be a supercomputer that will exceed the computation capability of the human race -- is this true?? If so, it is a scary thought. We need to show our students how to use technology appropriately, safely, and ethically.

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0, also called the Read/Write Web, is a phrase coined by noted web visionary Tim O'Reilly to describe the change in the web after the dot-com bubble burst in the late 1990's. The term "Read/Write Web" is an apt description of what the web has become because it is now so easy for any user of the internet to create lasting content for others to see, react to, connect to and even change. Here is a great list that describes the essential ingredients of what we mean by Web 2.0 (taken from Dion Hinchcliffe's blog):

  • The Web and all its connected devices as one global platform of reusable services and data- you have the ability to go anywhere and use a variety of services on the internet and are not constrained by borders, and you have the ability to access data in a way unlike ever before.
  • Data consumption and remixing from all sources, particularly user generated data- Data is continually reused and changed to fit particular needs of individuals
  • Continuous and seamless update of software and data, often very rapidly- So many users and developers can create and contribute to what is going on.
  • Rich and interactive user interfaces- Everything looks so shiny!
  • Architecture of participation that encourages user contribution- Most sites are now set up for you to participate in them either by creating content or by joining/creating a social network.

Basic Vocabulary

Blog - short for Web Log; not a diary, not a journal, but far surpasses those two outlets for one reason: by nature, blogs are conversations that take place, led by the author but driven by the comments that come back to the author. Blogging as professionals opens us up to other professionals for feedback, constructive criticism, and inspiration. Blogging is not just the act of writing your own blog, but also of reading others in order to learn.

Wiki - technology used to make website editing universal and fast. Several people can edit a wiki at once and without knowledge of complex computer language. Designed to take advantage of collective intelligence. District wikis.

RSS - essentially stands for Really Simple Syndication. Imagine you subscribe to the New York Times or the local paper and it is delivered every morning to your doorstep. RSS does this for you with online content, except in the case of RSS, it is much more than just a paper; any type of content can be automatically "fed" to your "aggregator" (see below) for you to monitor. No longer do you have to search the web for information--it can be made to come to you!

Podcast - from Wikipedia: A podcast is a media file that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers.[1] Like 'radio', it can mean both the content and the method of syndication. The latter may also be termed podcasting. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. The term "podcast" is derived from Apple's portable music player, the iPod. A pod refers to a container of some sort and the idea of broadcasting to a container or pod correctly describes the process of podcasting.[2

Videocast - like podcasting above, but the audio is accompanied by video or images. Also can be called vlogging (video blogging). Becoming increasingly popular with the rise of YouTube and Google Video, among others.

Aggregator - software that collects our RSS feeds into one place for you to read, organize and filter. This is the key ingredient to taming the voluminous amount of information out there on the web. Some examples are Pageflakes, Netvibes, Google Reader, Bloglines, Newsgator, My Yahoo.

Social Bookmarking/Tagging - from Wikipedia: In a social bookmarking system, users store lists of Internet resources that they find useful. These lists are either accessible to the public or a specific network, and other people with similar interests can view the links by category, tags, or even randomly. Some allow for privacy on a per-bookmark basis. They also categorize their resources by the use of informally assigned, user-defined keywords or tags (see folksonomy). Tags are the keywords you attach to a site or resource you would like to add to your bookmarks.

Screencasts - using your screen as a video; people help others by recording their computer screen along with their voice to explain how to accomplish a task or work an application.

Read/Write Web - the idea that the internet is no longer a one-way portal. Content is now flowing in both directions--to the user and from the user.

School 2.0 - from School 2.0's blog: "the 'next generation of school' that can be supported by an integrated technology infrastructure...schools must transform in order to meet the multiple challenges of the 21st century: accountability, student engagement and achievement, and economic competitiveness."



Let's take a look at one blogger's Top 10 Web 2.0 sites for educators.
  • del.icio.us> - Social bookmarking--Your favorites travel with you.
  • Bloglines- RSS aggregator--more on these later.
  • Flickr- online photo sharing
  • Picnik- online photo editor like iPhoto or Photoshop
  • JumpCut- online video editor
  • GCast- host and play your podcasts
  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets- word processor and spreadsheet application (a la Word and Excel) that allows for multiple users to collaborate on a document.
  • Vyew - whiteboard type application where several users can meet online and share content and files in real time.
  • Wikispaces or PBwiki- several of these active in the district. Allows for several students to collaborate and create web pages on the fly. Click here for district examples.

How are Teachers Using These Technologies in the Classroom?

Teachers all over the world are beginning to use these tools to connect with one another and connect their students together. Instead of reinventing the wheel here, let's take a look at some work done by the University of Manitoba on what teachers can do with these technologies.

Also, here is a short list of teachers who are making great use of these technologies in their classrooms:

Day Two

Using RSS Feeds and Making the Web "Work" for You

The definition of RSS provided above likens it to a newspaper being delivered to your doorstep, except that the newspaper is now content from the internet. That content can be in the form of internet sites, news, videos, pictures, or search results. This has the potential to change the way we use the internet. Now it can be seen as the world's largest database, customized however you want it to be.

Before you extend this idea to your classroom, play around with it on your own so you can see the potential of what some educators are calling "the Killer Application." Here is a Short Video explaining how RSS feeds work.

We are going to take a look at two types of RSS Aggregators: Bloglines for blogs we would like to read, and PageFlakes for news and web searches.
  • Bloglines- The easiest way to handle this will be to use a resource from a colleague of ours in South Korea. Click here for a simple and straightforward tutorial on how to create a Bloglines account and get going with your reading.
  • Pageflakes- Follow along with me in the self-guided tutorial below for a quick start to your Pageflakes account.

Now, let's go find some feeds! Remember to look for this symbol: rssfeed.jpg

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List of Teacher and Educator Blogs:
Weblogs in Education

How to Harness Your Students' Collaborative Power


Most of us are probably familiar with Inspiration as a tool to map out concepts or brainstorm with a group of students. If we are really savvy, we can coordinate it so that we make the map as we hear from the students. This model puts us in control of the map and when we are finished, we can make it available in the form of a handout, or picture on our website.

But what if a student isn't done thinking about the topic? How can we let the ideas continue and the map grow?

The web 2.0 version of this is really popular among educational leaders today, the there are two sites that we will look at today.



Connective Writing
The future of software, even our trusty Microsoft Office, is to be available online as a web-based application. What this means is that word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software (like PowerPoint), and drawing programs will all be available to you online. This movement has also led the software developers to add collaborative features so several people can work on projects at once. What follows below is a short list of online word processors:

We are going to focus on Google Docs and Spreadsheets for the sake of time. To use Google Docs you need to have a Google account; all you need for this is a valid email address and a password. Follow this link to go to the Power of Google page of this wiki for some demonstration.

Student collaboration on projects always presents issues with face-time: how do students organize themselves well enough that they can get together to work on projects. While face-to-face meeting skills are not ever going to be lost, more and more of the work in the future economy will be done through telecommuting and online collaboration. Wikis are the precursor to the that for students. Some amazing projects have been done using wikis. Let's jump over to the Wikis in the Classroom page to check some of them out. Since you have been working within this wiki, you have some familiarity with how the idea works, but just to be sure you get the full picture, let's check out what some other teachers have been doing with wikis. These ideas are the epitome of collaboration.

Day Three

Collaboration Continued

Photography and Artistic Expression

Digital photography has spawned myriad online photo-hosting sites that allow you to upload your photos to the web and share them with your friends and family. Why is Flickr different than any of the others out there? It allows you to subscribe to photostreams--individual photographers you like--just by clicking on their RSS feed. Then, every time they take a picture and upload it, you will receive it in your Pageflakes account. Also, you are able to comment on any photo you choose to and engage in a conversation with the photographer as well as other members of Flickr. Some other interesting features of Flickr:
  • Groups
    • public- anyone can join, view, and upload photos
    • private- only people you invite can join, view, and upload photos.
  • Tagging
    • allows individual users to categorize photos that you like in terms that are familiar and work for you.
  • Geo-tagging
    • place your photos on a virtual map to show where they were taken.
  • Widgets
    • you can place a group of photos, or single updatable photo on your website or blog.
      This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from phiggins1. Make your own badge here.
Here is a quickstart guide to help you get going with Flickr.
Shared Whiteboards
One of the coolest, for lack of a better word, applications in the world of Web 2.0 is the online whiteboard application. There are several companies that allow multiple users to access the same whiteboard space online and work simultaneously. Here are some examples:

Data Manipulation

Go to this site and answer these few questions. We will use the data generated by this survey for our purposes here. I am not a numbers guy, although I try to be. What makes the difference for me in seeing the relationship between numbers and statistics is if I can see it visually and actually relate to the data. In my travels throughout the classroom, I am finding most people are more like me than I realized. Web 2.0 offers many ways to represent your data visually. Several sites out there allow you to input your own data sets and they will create hundreds of different plots for you. Here are a few to look at:




Here is an example of a data set that I uploaded into Many Eyes from a Schoolwires survey I did with a group of students who used a wiki for a class project. I wanted to represent the data visually for the teachers who initiated the project so they could see how it looked.


Here is a graph I pulled from Swivel after doing a search with the keywords "U.S" and "health." The results are displayed on the page and also available to post on your blog or wiki, like I did here:

Value by Country

Tearing Down the Walls of the Classroom

How do we bring in experts from the outside world into our classrooms? Easily. Let's do it using Skype.

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