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Tim Bornholtz tim@bornholtz.com Blogs and Wikis Purpose Many new technologies are available on the internet that enable people to publish and edit content without expensive tools or extreme technical knowledge

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  • Many new technologies are available on the internet that enable people to publish and edit content without expensive tools or extreme technical knowledge
  • Try to give an understanding of what they are and how they can be used in your organization
digital natives
Digital Natives
  • “Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach”
  • “Our students today are all “native speakers” of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet”- Prensky, 2001
  • Students today think of digital resources as we would think of a book or telephone or television
    • Vital tools for getting information
the rest of us
The Rest of Us
  • That leaves the rest of us as “Digital Immigrants”
  • We speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital age) and are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language.”
      • Why do we “dial” a number? There is no dial on a telephone
      • Who among us prints documents to edit them
      • We bring someone to our computer to show them a website instead of sending them the URL
web 1 0
Web 1.0
  • Static pages
  • Needed a full-time “webmaster” to handle content changes
  • Dynamic pages were still read only
  • Needed a programmer to make any changes to dynamic pages
  • 1989 - 2005
web 2 0
Web 2.0
  • People can create their own content.
  • Transformative tools
    • Allowing anyone to do at home what used to require professionals with expensive equipment.
  • Convergence of media – Web, audio, video and more
  • “Social Media” sites allow people to share opinions, experiences, and perspectives
emerging technologies
Emerging Technologies
  • Blogs wikis and podcasts (oh my)‏
  • Web journal or online diary
    • Usually written by one person or a small group of people
    • Most blogs provide commentary or news on one topic
    • Articles usually link to other blogs or news items
    • Readers are able to leave comments
    • Some blogs integrate photos or video in addition to text articles
blogs in higher ed
Blogs in Higher Ed
  • Opening up classroom walls
  • Showing the wider world what is happening
    • Other students in class
    • Parents
    • Students in other classes
    • Anyone with an internet connection
  • Links to relevant articles
  • Provide a wider audience for students
  • Site that can be written to by many of people
  • Content is the priority, not design
  • Built in revision control
  • Why use a wiki
    • online classroom pages that can be changed easily
    • Put student's work on the web
  • Examples
    • Wikiville – students collaborate with topics of interest
    • Wikipedia – online encyclopedia
uses of wikis
Uses of Wikis
  • Classroom discussion
    • List assignments
    • Discuss curriculum
  • Create a community around a specific topic
    • Community can pool their knowledge
  • Developer tool
    • Software documentation
    • Maintain enhancement list
    • Track issues
advantages of a wiki
Advantages of a Wiki
  • Good for writing down quick ideas
  • Instantly collaborative without emailing documents
  • Accessible from anywhere with a browser
  • Every page revision is kept
  • Immediate and empowering – everyone has a say
disadvantages of a wiki
Disadvantages of a Wiki
  • People can see your half-formed, unsure, or speculative ideas
  • Tendency for entries to be messy without deliberate maintenance
  • If it is public you may be a target for spam
  • Need to be reasonably technical to use the wiki-specific markup
  • Difficult to enforce content standards and styles
rss feeds
RSS Feeds
  • XML file for serving frequentlyupdated content
  • Content publishers syndicatea feed
  • Users subscribe to the feed
  • Feed Readers periodically check the syndicated feed for updates
  • A podcast is a media file, audio or video, delivered over the internet using syndicated feeds
  • Made popular by Apple with iTunes
  • Can be played back on portable media players or computers
  • Can also be integrated with text or PDFs for a richer experience
podcasts in higher ed
Podcasts in Higher Ed
  • Help students to connect to others
  • Provide many different resources for listening
  • Take a lesson with you and replay it as many times as you'd like
podcasts in higher ed cont
Podcasts in Higher Ed (cont)‏
  • Teachers are starting to create lessons as podcasts
  • Starting to incorporate student podcasts into the lessons.
    • Students will take greater care in their work when there is an audience
  • Get in contact with like-minded teachers who are also providing podcasts
  • YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video
  • Anyone with a camera can create, edit, and upload videos
  • Videos on many subjects available
  • Students can produce and upload their own content
  • Able to easliy integrate videos into blog postings
web 3 0
Web 3.0
  • Virtual worlds such as Second Life
    • The people who “live” there create most everything in the environment
second life
Second Life
  • Many schools are using Second Life as an environment for e-learning
  • Creating online tools for learning within the virtual world
  • Holding classes for distance learning
  • Second Life “allows students to experiment with architectural design, to study monetary policy, and to do sociology research -- to name just a few educational uses -- in an enclosed, relatively risk-free environment” - Chronicle of Higher Education 8/30/2006

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  • References
    • Graham Stanleyhttp://blog-efl.blogspot.com/2006/11/blogs-wikis-podcasts-second-life.html
    • Marc Prenskyhttp://marcprensky.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Educationhttp://chronicle.com/daily/2006/08/2006083001t.htm