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Speaking Web 2.0 w/CC

How to harness 21st Century tools to keep in touch with students & their parents today

Clint Stephens

on 13 August 2013

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Transcript of Speaking Web 2.0 w/CC

Speaking Web 2.0
Well... What is it?
The Bottom Line???
from Wikipedia: "The term "Web 2.0" is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design,[1] and collaboration on the World Wide Web.
Web 1.0 =
One to Many
Web 2.0 =
Many to Many
In other words... Web 2.0 = Richness
Do YOU speak Digital?
Can You Keep UP?

Can you afford not to???
Or worse, to not even try?
It is hard to keep up with the pace of change in technology and communication, but as teachers we NEED to be reaching our students on THEIR turf, in the way that THEY learn and understand - and that is probably a little different than how you or I learn.
Here's a little taste of how your Digital learners view the world - they are curious and they WANT to learn, but they expect to do it a little differently.

Meet Joe & his Non-Notebook:
Joe, and students like him expect to be able to interact with media & information, not just sit back and try to absorb it. Information is always at their fingertips - is it at yours?
Today, we'll look at some 21st Century tools to enable you to walk the walk and talk the talk of your Digital Learners today.
Does your classroom leverage any of these technologies?
So... What's the BIG deal?
Who cares what I had for breakfast, right?
Twitter can be much more than that. First, some background...
Twitter is a 'Micro Blog', meaning that users can post their thoughts in 140 characters or less.
Each update is referred to as a 'tweet'
These tweets are automatically posted or 'pushed' to the tweeter's followers
Anyone with an account can follow anyone else, and receive their tweets.
There are tags or attributes that enable a more rich, interactive experience...
...Re-tweets will pass on a post from a person you follow to those that follow you, so information can spread rapidly.
...@username, or 'At Replies' are like a direct line to a user. They send a direct message to a user along with your post or retweet.
...#keyword, or 'Hash Tags' allow you, and anyone else using the tag, to view all tweets that include it. Twitter and search engines can search for these tags as well.
Can't fit it all in? You can include links to web pages, videos, anything online.
You build your own experience by who you follow, and what you tweet.
Can it be used in a different way? Can it have more meaning?
Follow smart people, and you will learn from them. A LOT.
Say smart things, and smart people will follow you.
Ask your smart followers questions, and you will get good answers.
It's also a quick and easy way to 'push' updates about what you are doing in class to parents...
...and easily remind students what happened in class that day, and where they can get the resources used.
Can twitter be an effective tool?
By a show of hands, how many of you here have heard of 'clickers' for instant classroom polling and feedback?
By a show of hands, how many of you here are lucky enough to have a set for your classroom already?
By a show of hands, how many of you here would like to have YOUR STUDENTS
provide the 'clickers' for formative assessment in the classroom?
Want the good news?
Many already are!
Poll Everywhere is a service that you can use during class discussion to get instant feedback by polling your students using text messages, the Web, or even twitter.
The results are instantly and visually updated on the website, or you can download a PowerPoint slide (or Keynote slide on the Mac) that will display the results of each poll question.
A basic K-12 account will allow for 40 responses for an unlimited number of questions.
Make sure to sign up for the K-12 and not a business account!
Questions can be either multiple choice or open-ended in nature.
Students LOVE the instant and anonymous feedback that they get, and the teacher can know at a glance what the students are understanding, and what they still have questions about.
Let's try it out!
Well, actually Facebook Fan Pages
The next poll question I should ask is, "If you do have a Facebook account, how many times a day to you check in?"
On average, those 800 million people check the status updates of their friends 7 times a day.
Do you think these numbers compare to visits to your district, school, or your personal teacher Web site (if you have one)?
Yeah, me neither...
Instead of relying on them to come to you, why not try to reach your students where they spend a LOT of their time already?
Teachers can quickly and easily create a Fan Page on Facebook, & your students can become a "Fan" of that page.
When they do, all of the updates you make on that fan page will be 'pushed' to your students' News Feed page on Facebook.
Like to seen an example? Check out my
Fan Page and become a fan!
Maintaining my own school Web site...
Starting to sound like too much work?
Starting to think that I'm asking to you to spend your days and nights updating and posting to numerous sites?
Well, then the next thing I'm going to show you just may blow your mind.
It's linked to the Facebook account that you have already, but only 'fans' of the page see the updates posted there. Your current friends will not, nor will your students see your normal updates.
How many of you in the room today have a class or school web page? 
How many times do you update it in a school year? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?
Never, because someone else made the page for you?
Why don't you keep it up-to-date?
Remember Joe? Remember how he tries to access information? If it isn't online, it
does not exist
to a kid like Joe.
Posterous is simply THE EASIEST way to keep a Web site current. It is so easy, in fact, that you already know how to use it...
You can easily keep a kid like Joe happy by creating a new Web site from Posterous.
Ever heard of email?
THAT is how you add updates to a Posterous site.
Here's what you have to do:
Create an account... Er, skip that. You don't need to do this.
Email your thoughts and attach any photos, audio & videos along with any Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF files to
That's it. You've just created a new web site and made your first entry.
Posterous will email you back telling you that your new site has been created with links to view the post or your site, and to set up a password.
Anytime you want to add something to your site, you simply send an email to post@posterous.com, and it's done.
It's even smart enough to figure out what you are attaching and will automatically add audio and video players, links to download your files - it's all automatic.
Here's the mind-blowing part... With a little setup, all of those twitter and Facebook Fan Page updates are AUTOMATIC.
Post it once, and it's everywhere.
(oh, yeah, one-click will post Poll Everywhere voting to Posterous)
It's easy, but if you want to take it further, you can use themes, use tags to categorize posts, create static pages, have private and public blogs tied to the same address, allow other contributors to post, allow moderated posts from students... Pretty much anything you need.
Collaborize Classroom:
Flip & Blend Your Instructon
Grade homework & review. Lecture. Interact with the same 5 students who will raise their hands. Send your class off to (hopefully) do their homework that night. Repeat.
Best of all, this service is and will be free for educators to use!
Clint Stephens
Southwest Educational Development Center
(435) 590-8149

presentation available at: http://sedcclint.com at the Web 2.0 or UCET tags
First off, thank you Dr. Tim Tyson for covering most of the items we'll discuss today...
A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with each other as contributors to the website's content, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them.
Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies."
Choose the 'Public Figure' option, then Teacher.

For a school, choose ‘Company, Organization, or Institution’, and then School
http://sedcclint.com- URSA Tag
Instead of 'What are you doing?' encourage your students to tweet 'What are you learning?' or 'What questions are you having?'
Answer questions and instruct your students anytime, anywhere - virtual office hours!
Students could even answer each others questions - perish the thought!
What did they cost?
Hopefully this does not sound like your classroom, but it does describe many classrooms around.
Thankfully, there is another option or two!
A 'Flipped' classroom works like this: Teachers post the lecture video and notes online for students to watch at their own pace at night. In class, time is spent tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating.
Blended instruction is somewhere between the traditional and flipped models - additional resources and discussions occur online, outside of the classroom, and this is where Collaborize Classroom shines!
Collaborize Classroom is designed to complement classroom instruction and engage students in online activities, assignments and discussions that allow for deeper participation inside and outside the classroom.
Post video clips, any Office documents, PDF's or other media to enrich the discussion.
Create classroom poll questions for formative assessment or review.
Moderate lively online, asynchronous discussions - giving EVERY student time to compose their thoughts and participate.
Still have questions?
Check out
Permalink: http://goo.gl/JTvz0
One day recently, Facebook had half a billion users on their site in ONE DAY.
Want to create a Facebook-Like classroom community but can't? Take a look at
Twitter Search in Plain English:
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