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Web 2.0 In Practice Across Disciplines
Transcript of Web 2.0 In Practice Across Disciplines
"The Collaboration Age is about learning with a decidedly different group of "others," people whom we may not know and may never meet, but who share our passions and interests and are willing to invest in exploring them together. . . ."
"Students are growing networks without us, writing Harry Potter narratives together at FanFiction.net, or trading skateboarding videos on YouTube. At school, we disconnect them not only from the technology but also from their passion and those who share it."
Will Richardson, Edutopia
Online Collaboration is already occurring (ex. FanFiction.net, Youtube)
Web 2.0 Tools enable "interested learning on shared passions"
We should use Web 2.0 tools with instruction to foster collaborative learning THE CONNECTION BETWEEN
CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING
"Critical thinking is investigating issues that are not always clearly defined and have no clear-cut answers by asking significant questions and exploring different solutions"
"Creative thinking widens the focus of thought. It involves generating new, varied, and unique ideas. Critical thinking helps evaluate ideas and add value to them by identifying the most reasonable ones or ones most likely to succeed"
(Web2TeachingTools.com 2009) CRITICAL + CREATIVE THINKING Web 2.0 Tools encourage Critical Thinking through Creative Activities
GOOGLE DOCS GOOGLE DOCS?
GD looks like MS Office, but offers collaboration capabilities
A Privatized site to create, convert, format, publish, download, embed and share documents with others
Contains 4 programs:
* Document (similar to MS Word)
* Presentation (similar to PowerPoint)
* Spreadsheet (similar to Excel)
* Forms (for poll and quiz creation)
6 BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS
1. EASY ACCESS (from any internet enabled device)
2. ON-LINE STORAGE (Work is never lost + No Flashdrives!)
3. REAL-TIME FEEDBACK (Chat and Annotation enabled)
4. STUDENT COLLABORATION (during or beyond class)
5. PRINT, SAVE AND UPLOAD WRITING + RESEARCH IN MULTIPLE FORMATS (.html, open office, .rtf, .doc, .pdf, .txt)
6. A REAL-WORLD SKILL (Many Businesses only use GD)
6 BENEFITS FOR TEACHERS
1. ON-LINE GRADING (Grade Anywhere + Save Time!)
2. GREEN CLASSES (Save Paper!)
3. STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY - Time-Stamped Work deflects excuses:
"I turned in my homework that day, so you must have lost it"
"My printer won't print"
"My computer crashed and ate my paper "
"I don't have a computer at home" (computers on campus!)
4. SAVE + ORGANIZE PAPERS IN VIRTUAL FOLDERS
5. MONITOR STUDENT WRITING AND RESEARCH PROGRESS
6. COLLABORATE WITH COLLEGUES!
I don't mean this, however . . . APPLICATIONS?
SUMMARY/READING RESPONSES - To prepare for class discussion, students type and submit reading responses to instructor for comprehension check
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ESSAY - A group of 2-3 students annotate and share research materials, while maintaining contact with group without having to meet in person
COLLABORATIVE PEER REVISION/EDITING - A group of 2-3 students revise and edit each other's drafts during writing process. XTRANORMAL + GOANIMATE XTRANORMAL AND GOANIMATE?
On-line animation programs that allow anyone with no animation experience to create beautiful and complex animated videos Student Sample: Video Debate
"Lowering the Drinking Age to 18" by Sherack Student Sample: Argumentative Research Essay Student Sample: Personal Narrative Essay BLOG BLOG?
"A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world"
"In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not"
Students use the blog as a "collective diary" to record, reinforce, expand and continue in-class discussions online
Post Cyber Texts (images, audios, videos) to which students can analyze and respond
Blog as Portfolio: Students create their own blogs as writing projects ADVANTAGES?
Blogging develops Creative Thinking (Enriched by Cyber Texts and "Others")
Blogging develops Critical Thinking (discussions with arguments + rebuttals)
Blog Posts serve as Mentor Texts (examplars)
Students, even shy ones, develop their voice through blogging TWITTER?
"Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, 'What are you doing?' by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called 'tweets', to your friends, or 'followers'"
"Twittering is also a less gated method of communication: you can share information with people that you wouldn't normally exchange email or IM messages with, opening up your circle of contacts to an ever-growing community of like-minded people"
(Twitternet.com) TWITTER TWITTER + FACEBOOK + MOBILE? APPLICATIONS?
Conduct Short "Speed" Debate Rounds
Answer Student Questions
Find Research Topics
BUBBL.US AND AMAP?
Generate Online Mind-Mapping Charts
BUBBL.US AND AMAP GOOGLE MAPS AND AROUNDER GOOGLE MAPS AND AROUNDER?
On-line mapping technologies that utilize satellites in space to pinpoint and locate any place on earth
Provide virtual tours of the world (the world is no longer 2-D)
VIDEO PRESENTATION - In place of traditional oral presentations, students create videos to present their essays to classmates
VIDEO DEBATE - Students make "video responses" to their classmates' arguments TWITTERFALL APPLICATIONS?
Students can develop, save, collaborate, organize and share their thinking process with others on-line prior to writing essays
Notetaking in-class APPLICATIONS?
Use Google Maps to locate places mentioned in readings or discussions, then annotate directly on locations
Use Arounder.com to provide a 360 panoramic view of a specific place, and ask students describe the place with sensory details ASSESSMENT
EXCERPTS FROM SPRING 2010 SURVEY
10. I learned how to use Google Docs to complete writing assignments.
11. I will continue using Google Docs to complete writing assignments for future courses.
Not Sure (1)
15. I found making an Xtranormal animated video, instead of giving an oral presentation, a fun and creative way to present my essay.
16. I will continue making Xtranormal animated videos for personal or professional purposes in the future.
Not Sure (2)
SAMPLING OF STUDENT COMMENTS ON SURVEY
“I liked the course. It was very easy to use the tools to complete the assignments. I liked how I encountered knowledge on the internet with the electronics that I can use in my future courses. I liked the assignments given out. Very creative.”
“I was so scared of this class. I didn’t think I was smart enough or had enough computer knowledge to be successful. I have learned so much in this course. I’m no longer afraid. I understand how to use a computer and the internet. . . . I loved the blog. I can make a video and know how to tweet. . . . Thanks for the challenges.”
“I think this course is a very interesting English course. . . . [I used the tools in my daily life,] like twitter, which I [used to] communicate with my family in Sudan, Africa. . . . Thanks Ms. Jones for giving us the tools which will help us in the future.”
90% found that Web 2.0 Tools enhanced their learning experience
100% will continue using Web 2.0 Tools for future courses Questions or Comments?
ED-TECH TRAINER AND ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR
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THANKS FOR COMING! SHERRY JONES
COLTT 2010 CONFERENCE
AUGUST 12, 2010
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