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Web 2.0 Tools - Student Retention. Todd W. Jorns Senior Director for Educational Technology Illinois Community College Board. Definition. “ Web 2.0 is a set of economic, social, and technology trends that collectively form the basis for the next generation of the Internet

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web 2 0 tools student retention

Web 2.0 Tools -Student Retention

Todd W. Jorns

Senior Director for Educational Technology

Illinois Community College Board


“Web 2.0 is a set of economic, social, and technology trends that collectively form the basis for the next generation of the Internet

– a more mature, distinctive medium characterized by user participation, openness, and network effects."

O'Reilly Radar

  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts/Vodcasts
  • Online Sharing Applications
  • A wiki is computer software that allows users to easily create, edit and link web pages – Social Knowledge tool.
  • Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, power community websites, and are increasingly being installed by businesses to provide affordable and effective Intranets for Knowledge Management.
wikis benefits
Wikis Benefits
  • Author in a collaborative environment
    • Learning from others
    • Develops a higher level of critical thinking
    • Deepens investigative skills
  • Empowers students to create knowledge
  • Encourages creativity
wikis free sites
Wikis - Free Sites
  • pbworks - http://pbworks.com/
  • wetpaint - http://www.wetpaint.com
  • wikipedia – http://www.wikipedia.org
  • wikispaces - http://www.wikispaces.com
wikis software example
Wikis – Software & Example
  • Personal wikis that can be used on your computer or a pen drive (as well as online)
    • TiddlyWiki - http://www.tiddlywiki.com/
    • MonkeyGTD - http://monkeygtd.tiddlyspot.com/
  • Five Strategies for Using Wikis in the Classroom http://teachingtechnology.suite101.com/article.cfm/5_strategies_for_using_wikis_in_the_classroom#ixzz0mxtBIN5E
  • Blog is short for Web log.
  • Web publishing tool that allows authors to quickly and easily self-publish text, artwork, links to other blogs or Web sites, and a whole array of other content.
  • Usually on a specific topic or theme (political, personal, topical, health, travel, research, etc.)
  • Updated regularly reflecting the personality of the author. 
  • Most blogs are headed by an individual called a blogger.
  • Blogs work well for students because they can be worked on at virtually any time, in any place with an Internet-enabled computer.
  • Can be used by teachers to create a classroom that extends beyond the boundaries of the regular classroom.
blog benefits
Blog Benefits
  • Motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms.
  • Excellent opportunity for students to read & write.
  • Effective forums for collaboration and discussion.
  • Powerful tools to enable scaffolded learning or mentoring to occur.
blog uses
Blog Uses
  • Classroom Management – portal to foster community of learners and post information.
  • Collaboration – peer reviews, mentoring, etc.
  • Discussions – inside and outside of classroom.
  • Student Portfolios – display, organize and protect digital works and increases motivation.
  • Student Journaling & Reflection – helps teachers & students stay connected, improves writing skills.
blog uses1
Blog Uses
  • Post class materials and class supplements.
  • Integrate all types of multimedia (webpages, audio, video, photos, slideshows, etc.).
  • Comment modes encourage interaction.
  • Team blogs enable engagement.
  • Create a class publication
  • Student journaling & reflection
blog free sites
Blog – Free Sites
  • Blogger – http://www.blogger.com
  • Edublogs – http://www.edublogs.org/
  • LiveJournal – http://www.livejournal.com/
  • Podbean – http://www.podbean.com
blog resources
Blog Resources
  • More information: http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/libr500/05-06-wt1/www/A_Cho/history.htm
  • Create a blog in THREE Minutes! http://blogger.com
  • (iPOD broadCAST) is an audio broadcast that has been converted to an MP3 file or other audio file format for playback in a digital music player or computer.
  • The "pod" in podcast was coined from "iPod," the predominant portable, digital music player, and although podcasts are mostly verbal, they may contain music.
  • Video Podcasts - vodcasts
  • Using the RSS 2.0 syndication format, podcasts are made available to subscribers just like news feeds.
  • The client program that captures the audio feeds and synchronizes them with the music player is a "podcatcher," such as Curry's own iPodder, available at www.indiepodder.org.
podcasting process
Podcasting Process


  • Subscribe using podcatcher
  • Download episode
  • Playback episode
  • Create
  • Record episode
  • Edit episode
  • Distribute
    • Publish episode to webserver
    • Reference episode in feed
podcasting benefits
Podcasting Benefits
  • Meet the needs of more students with varying learning styles and aptitudes.
  • Provide ‘make up lectures’ to students who were absent.
  • Supplement existing material and resources with a portable and remotely accessible source of information.
  • Audio benefits vision impaired students and non-native speakers.
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Podcasting Benefits
  • Ability to replay and review information helps to embed lessons in memory.
  • Asynchronous consumption allows for convenient access and multi-tasking (riding the bus, walking, working out, etc…).
  • Flexible curriculum pathways to encourage student participation and facilitate success.
  • Most appropriate presentation of spoken/audio material—e.g. native language, foreign language,reading assistance.
podcast tutorials
Podcast Tutorials
  • How to Podcast –


  • Quick & Dirty Podcasting Primer - http://www.stager.org/podcasting/guide.html
podcast free software
Podcast – Free Software
  • Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    • Easy to use
    • Multi-track audio
    • Multi-platform (Mac & PC)
online sharing applications
Online Sharing Applications
  • Google Docs
    • Need to create a Gmail account
    • Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings
    • Private or shared with others (collaboration)
    • Stored online or downloaded to computer/USB drive
    • Upload MS Office files
    • Export (download) as MS Office files (.doc, .xls, .ppt)
online sharing websites
Online Sharing Websites
  • docs.google.com - online office suite.
  • zoho.com – online office suite.
  • openoffice.org – open source suite.
  • zamzar.com - free online conversions – docs, images, audio, video, etc.
other online resources
Other Online Resources
  • Jeff Newell's Web 2.0 TiddlyWiki: https://edocs.uis.edu/jnewe2/www/TiddlyWiki_Jeff.html
  • TiddlyWiki for the rest of us: http://giffmex.org/twfortherestofus.html
  • The World of Blogs: http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/libr500/05-06-wt1/www/A_Cho/examples.htm
merf technology check
MERF Technology Check

Is the technology Meaningful?

Is the technology Engaging?

Is the technology Relative?

Is the technology Fun?

key to help student retention
Key to Help Student Retention

Meaningful – interesting, useful & practical

Engaging – keeps their interest/motivation

Relative – to their needs, skills or world

Fun! – keeps them wanting to learn more



Todd W. Jorns

(217) 785-0144