Blogging for Learning Although the name Blog comes from the words “Web Logs”, blogs are more than online logs or journals. They are powerful learning and conversation tools that can be used in a variety of ways to motivate both students and teachers to communicate, write, and read in a digital form. Blogging empowers learners through conversations. This presentation dives into blogging, classroom management and tools to get started.
Students as Creators and Contributors New web 2.0 tools have changed the way we interact with the web. In a web 1.0 world we used the Internet to gather information, to find answers, and absorb information. There was not an easy way for the average person to contribute to this landscape of knowledge. As the 21st century is upon us so is a new web. Web 2.0, other wise known as the read/write web, allows us not only to easily find information, but also allows us to be creators and contributors to this new wealth of knowledge. As education has been slow to adapt to these new tools, our students have taken them to heart and are using them to create content viewed the world over. Sites such as myspace.com, YouTube.com, Xanga.com, Facebook.com, wikipedia.org, and others allow our students to create information. Our students no longer want to sit in a classroom and be told information. They want to create it, share it, and contribute to the growing knowledge base on the web.
Students as Creators and Contributors focuses on how using these new social tools can engage students in the learning process. By using the same web tools students are already using, we engage them in the learning process. We turn those hours they spend on YouTube.com into educational opportunities. Instead of banning sites such as wikipedia.org, we embrace them and allow students to contribute to the conversation.
Podcasting: How to get started Podcasting is a fun and engaging way to communicate with parents and your community. This presentation will cover the basics of podcasting. There are many misconceptions about podcasting. The fist being that you need an iPod to listen to or create a podcast, the second being that creating a podcast is difficult. In this presentation we will cover the hardware and software needed to start podcasting and talk about free web space where you can host your files. We will also learn how to register your site with iTunes for easy downloading.
What in the World is a Wiki Wikis are powerful web 2.0 tools that allow anyone to edit a web page via a web browser. Wikipedia.org is the most popular wiki with over 3.9 million articles and growing by the day. Wikis come in all shapes and sizes and there are wiki projects starting up that focus on education.
Take wikibooks.org for example. Thousands of students around the globe are taking part in creating online textbooks. Wikis are redefining the way students view information. Anyone can add, edit, delete or correct information within these books. As these books grow they have the ability to be more up to date and factual than printed textbooks.
This presentation will look at wiki software, how wikis can be used in the classroom and some examples of teachers using wikis for everything from lesson planning to communicating with parents, to creating and grading student work.
Beyond E-mail: Communicating in the 21st Century Many Schools rely on e-mail as their main line of communication with students, parents, the community and even among staff. The new World Wide Web known as Web 2.0 is allowing schools to move beyond e-mail and communicate in a variety of ways. Through the use of podcasts, blogs, Google tools, and other new free web based programs schools can communicate in more affective and relevant ways with their audience. Come learn what communicating in the 21st Century looks like.
Online Professional Development: Matching the tool with the need There are a variety of tools that can be used to create online professional development opportunities for your staff. This presentation will look at some tools and ways that you can create professional development opportunities with your staff.
Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the 21st Century Being connected to over 1 Billion users on the Internet has changed the way information flows and how our students acquire knowledge. When knowledge changes so must the theories on how we learn. We will explore how the vast amount of knowledge that is now at our finger tips is changing the way we learn.