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Web 2.0 and Social Media for Collaboration

Integrate Social Networking and Wikis in Business Classes

A series of class activities for the business class that integrate social networking and wikis (classroom connection to the sites is not needed)

Twittervision - collaborative worldview stream of consciousness

Twittervision - collaborative worldview stream of consciousness
By Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres

Published April 2007 – District Administer Magazine

Thanks to my worldwide network of informed colleagues and passionate Internet geeks, I am always discovering new and amazing things.  My latest find is Twitter.com, which is essentially a collaborative worldview stream of consciousness – comprised of random thoughts, posted by random people, in mini-blog format.

According to the Twitter.com FAQs, “Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends. Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own.”

How does it work? You are allowed 140 characters to let folks know what you are doing. These are called twitters and they are posted via the web, IM, or phone text message. The public can view all the twitters in real time via the Twitter Public Timeline – or, via Twittervision.com, which is a merge of twitters and Google Maps.

But, I warn you. The reaction that most adults will have is, “I don’t get it? My life is pretty boring. Why would anyone want to know what I’m doing all day?”  For example, JC said, “I can’t say that I completely get it - who am I talking to? Is it a blog or what? Does anyone out there really want to know when I’m having a sandwich? What is the internet? But, not doing it makes me feel like an old person who’s given up because he doesn’t understand something, so for a while at least I’m going to keep spouting nonsense into the void and getting pointless messages from strangers. I complain, but I actually find it strangely compelling. For today, expect to see some entries like -- Driving to Baltimore, and later, Still driving to Baltimore.”

Yes, apparently kids really, really love it. Exchanging twitters makes them feel like they are connected to a worldwide community of twittering friends.

Will Twittervision change the world? Maybe not.

Or, maybe it will just a little – as this tool has the potential to show us how easily we are all connected.

Adrine, another Twitterer, said, “I have been intrigued by twittervision because it makes the world seem so small (and somewhat small-minded), and was watching it a few days ago when I saw a message from someone I actually know in another state. It was exciting in a weird way; random messages from strangers and then suddenly a less random message from a friend.  As for its usefulness, two days ago a group of my friends were at Etech in San Diego and one of them took ill. Another took him to the hospital and twittered the universe to let us know what was up and how he was coming along. It saved a whole lot of time to send that message on twitter rather than having to call or email everyone who cared. I was surprised at how well it worked.”

What are the educational applications of Twittervision? Well, how about as a brainstorming tool, or to share scientific measurements, or to get a reaction to a survey question,…the possibilities are quite limitless. So, what are you waiting for? Stop twittering your time away reading this article and go check it out for yourself!
Are we not truly fortunate to be living in a time when creatively collaborative things like this exist?
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Where to Learn More:

Twitter
http://www.twitter.com


Twittervision
http://www.twittervision.com


Twitterrific
http://iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific
Application from Iconfactory that enables you to receive Twitters and post them without being on the site.  Sorry PC users, it's only for Macs.


Twitteroo
http://rareedge.com/twitteroo/
Application built by Rare Edge Design Group for Windows that allows you to send and receive Twitters from your desktop.


Twitter Fan Wiki
http://twitter.pbwiki.com/
Community resource put together by Twitter users for Twitter users, featuring stuff made by and for Twitter users. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres is Executive Director of the (not-for-profit) Global SchoolNet Foundation. An educator for two decades, Andres has taught pre-school through university and is dedicated to discovering, demonstrating, and documenting the power of online collaborative learning. She is co-founder of Global SchoolNet, producer of the Global Schoolhouse website, Doors to Diplomacy, the International Schools CyberFair program, and has provided leadership at conferences and workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, South America and Africa. Dr. Andres was most recently named one of the 25 most influential people, worldwide, in education technology.

ABOUT GLOBAL SCHOOLNET
www.globalschoolnet.org

Global SchoolNet Foundation (GSN) is the original online resource for global project-based learning, problem-based learning, and online collaborative learning. Global SchoolNet partners with schools, communities and businesses in 194 countries to provide collaborative educational, scientific and cultural learning activities -- that prepare youth for the workforce and help them to become literate and responsible global citizens. GSN, a not-for-profit, has 90,000 members and has been linking classrooms around the world since 1984.

Comments should be directed to:
Dr. Yvonne Marie Andrés, yvonne@globalschoolnet.org
Director & Co-Founder, Global SchoolNet Foundation
132 N. El Camino Real, #395, Encinitas, California, 92024
Phone: (760) 635-0001

Web 2.0 Technologies

Introduction

Internet-based technologies abundantly exist for personal, business, and educational use; Curriki or del.icio.us are good examples. In this module you will learn the background of Web 2.0 technologies and become familiar with some of those technologies.

Objectives

1) Identify existing Web 2.0 Technologies.
2) Apply one or more Web 2.0 technologies to instruction.
3) Locate resources to identify trends in technology.

Readings

1) Horizon Report 2008 Edition, a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and Educause Learning Initiative. Access from http://del.icio.us/virtualedworld/web2.0 (direct link http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2008-Horizon-Report.pdf, accessed April 14, 2008).

2)  O'Reilly -- What is Web 2.0? Read Page 2 Section 2, Harnassing Collective Intelligence. Access from http://del.icio.us/virtualedworld/web2.0 or direct link http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html, accessed April 14, 2008.

3) Metaverse Roadmap: Pathways to the 3D Web. Read the Introduction and the section on Virtual Worlds. Access from http://del.icio.us/virtualedworld/web2.0 or direct link http://www.metaverseroadmap.org/overview/index.html, accessed April 15, 2008.

Watch

You Tube Videos (access from http://del.icio.us/virtualedworld/video).

1) Web 2.0 - An intro in 5 minutes.

2) Web 2.0 (5:17 minutes).

3) NMC Campus: Seriously Engaging (5:37 minutes).

Activities

Choose one (or both):

1) How can you use Web 2.0 technologies in your classroom? Answer this question by posting a response using the options below. You may also respond by posting concerns and issues you see with using Web 2.0 technologies.

2) Virtual Worlds are a relatively new technology for educators. Presently, Second Life (SL) is the most prominent and contains a large number of educational resources. For this activity you must register for a (free) SL account and create your avatar; remember when you choose a name it cannot be changed. I strongly recommend that if you are not familiar with SL, read the items that are listed here http://del.icio.us/virtualedworld/learnSL doing that will help orient you to seeking resources.

You can visit and try the obstacle course at the the Kuttara Zen Japanese Water Garden, specifically designed for Newbies at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kuttara/118/58/21. Remember, you must have registered for a (free) account and avatar.

You may post a your thoughts and experiences on the virtualedworld.ning on the Virtual Worlds and Education forum.

Options for posting your response:

You must register and become a member at http://virtualedworld.ning.com to post or notify me of your post using the options below. For example, if you choose Option #3 go to the virtualedworld.ning Learning Theory forum and post the link to your blog.

Option #1
Go to http://virtualedworld.ning.com register and post your response in the forum named "Web 2.0 Technologies".

Option #2
Create your own blog using Google Blogger or another blogging website (see the social bookmarking network I have created - http://del.icio.us/virtualedworld). Notify me at the virtualedworld.ning that you have posted a blog.
 
Option #3
Use your existing blog or website to post your response. Notify me at the virtualedworld.ning that you have posted a blog.

Web 2.0 Apps

This presentation explores the integration of Web 2.0 applications with a learning object. Introduces VoiceThread, Lectr, RSS feeds, I Chart and other apps.

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Web 2.0 Projects Book

 

Colleagues

I’m in the process of producing a 2nd edition of the free ebook 60 Web 2.0 Projects. If you’re doing anything interesting in the way of Web 2.0, please share! It will take only a few minutes to complete an online form. Full details about what, why and the benefits to all are contained in this article:

http://terry-freedman.org.uk/artman/publish/article_1565.php

I’ve had some really interesting contributions so far.

Please feel free to pass on this message, and apologies in advance if you see a similar message to this on other lists!

Thanks Terry Freedman

"Web 2.0 Applications for Parents" - by YouTube member

 

"A brief description of Web 2.0 applications and how parents can utilize them in order to better the communication between home and school." - JodiShmodie, a YouTube user.

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Web 2.0 Tools for Educators from Pinterest

 

A collection of Web 2.0 Tools for Educators on Pinterest.

Integrating Web 2.0 Technology into the Classroom

Whitepaper from Harver Group, LLC, December 2007

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Web 2.0 in Education

 

This page contains information and links to resources related to Web 2.0 in Education.

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