Power Up With Web 2.0

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Course Description

TwitterDeliciousWordPress, Wikis, blogging, RSS; these terms may sound familiar, but are you using them to enhance your classroom and learning opportunities as a professional? If the answer to that question is no, maybe, or not as much as I would like, then this course is for you. Come along and join the fun as we explore how to wrap many powerful web 2.0 technologies into a usable and functional system that will support you as an educator. This course will ultimately change how you view technology and enable you to design a website and personal learning network (PLN). Many assignments are packaged into individual modules that build upon each other. Modules become more complex as you proceed, but each previous module prepares you for the next one.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of taking this course, participants will learn how to:

  1. Understand what web 2.0 is/means and how to use it in an educational setting,
  2. Become proficient with social bookmarking, online document collaboration, Twitter, blogging, RSS, personal learning networks (PLN).
  3. Understand how todayʼs students interface with technology and each other.
  4. Understand the conceptual framework behind web 2.0 to help better understand future changes in technology.

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  • Easy WordPress Guide | Free and paid versions  | Required
  • Pick one (Required)
    • Grown Up Digital | Purchase at Amazon.com | Super book!  Discusses the Net Generation and how they think, behave and their future.  Published in 2008, so is now a bit dated. Still has lots of great information though.
    • It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. | Purchase At Amazon| danah boyd (she really does spell her name lower case) provides fantastic insight into how our teens operate today. Well researched and an easy read, I took what I learned to my teenage daughter and was told that I “get it” now!
    • American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. Purchase At Amazon| “Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales’s riveting and explosive American Girls.”

Audience

Appropriate for all teachers, administrators and other professionals

Other Lessons

Introduce Yourself (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Welcome to the course. Wonderful to have you here. I look forward to learning with you as we explore the power of Internet as it grows in what it can do and what it knows about us.

Welcome to the course. Wonderful to have you here. I look forward to learning with you as we explore the power of Internet as it grows in what it can do and what it knows about us.

Understanding Today’s Students

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Easy

Today’s students have never known a time without the Internet. The have only lived in a connected world. As they become older they will likely become even more wired and connected to each other.

Today’s students have never known a time without the Internet. The have only lived in a connected world. As they become older they will likely become even more wired and connected to each other.

How Web 2.0 Impacts Our World

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Easy

The primary advantage of Web 2.0 technologies, and perhaps the reason for its popularity, is that it allows for easy collaboration. This is a fundamental shift from the past when there were barriers to collaboration. For the most part, it had to be synchronous (live) vs. asynchronous (email, voicemail, YouTube, message boards, chatting, etc.).

The primary advantage of Web 2.0 technologies, and perhaps the reason for its popularity, is that it allows for easy collaboration. This is a fundamental shift from the past when there were barriers to collaboration. For the most part, it had to be synchronous (live) vs. asynchronous (email, voicemail, YouTube, message boards, chatting, etc.).

Social Bookmarking

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Social bookmarking is a way to share bookmarks of websites with other people such as students, parents and coworkers.

Social bookmarking is a way to share bookmarks of websites with other people such as students, parents and coworkers.

Online Document Collaboration

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Online document collaboration is one of the greatest “most excellent” things to come along in the Web 2.0 world. Because browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome) can run programs on their own, online document collaboration is possible. Actually that is what makes all these nifty web 2.0 apps possible.

Online document collaboration is one of the greatest “most excellent” things to come along in the Web 2.0 world. Because browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome) can run programs on their own, online document collaboration is possible. Actually that is what makes all these nifty web 2.0 apps possible.

Collaborating with Wikis

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

A wiki is simply a website that is easily edited by many, many people. Think of it as a giant note taking or information dumping ground. The nifty aspect to a wiki is that it is easily shared and allows multimedia content such as pictures and videos. You just can’t get that when you have the students work on a giant piece of poster paper.

A wiki is simply a website that is easily edited by many, many people. Think of it as a giant note taking or information dumping ground. The nifty aspect to a wiki is that it is easily shared and allows multimedia content such as pictures and videos. You just can’t get that when you have the students work on a giant piece of poster paper.

Subscribe to Content You Enjoy

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Hard

We have learned how to do some really cool Web 2.0 “stuff” so far. RSS is yet another Web 2.0 concept that will allow you to pull together (aggregate) all the content you have produced and all the content available on the web.RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. There is really no reason you should know what it stands for though.

We have learned how to do some really cool Web 2.0 “stuff” so far. RSS is yet another Web 2.0 concept that will allow you to pull together (aggregate) all the content you have produced and all the content available on the web.RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. There is really no reason you should know what it stands for though.

Personal Learning Network

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

A personal learning network (PLN) is something you likely already have. It is your group of friends, colleagues, family, etc. that you turn to for advice and learning. Thanks to the Web 2.0, we can now expand that PLN to a much larger group. You can create a PLN that includes a wide variety of people and thoughts. The danger, of course, is that you can find yourself overwhelmed with too many ideas to sift through.

A personal learning network (PLN) is something you likely already have. It is your group of friends, colleagues, family, etc. that you turn to for advice and learning. Thanks to the Web 2.0, we can now expand that PLN to a much larger group. You can create a PLN that includes a wide variety of people and thoughts. The danger, of course, is that you can find yourself overwhelmed with too many ideas to sift through.

Creating a Wordpress Website (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Hard

WordPress is a wonderful open source blogging/website platform. It is FREE and comes in two different flavors: wordpress.org and wordpress.com WordPress.ORG is where you find the wordpress software that you can download and install on your own server or host. For example, I use it to run two of my websites: www.mrboll.com and www.autismpodcast.org WordPress.COM will host the wordpress software for free. What a deal! You can host your own website free of charge. Your address will be something like. coolteacher.wordpress.com.

WordPress is a wonderful open source blogging/website platform. It is FREE and comes in two different flavors: wordpress.org and wordpress.com

WordPress.ORG is where you find the wordpress software that you can download and install on your own server or host. For example, I use it to run two of my websites: www.mrboll.com and www.autismpodcast.org

WordPress.COM will host the wordpress software for free. What a deal! You can host your own website free of charge. Your address will be something like. coolteacher.wordpress.com.

Book Reflection

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

These books are some of my favorites for understanding technology and our students.

These books are some of my favorites for understanding technology and our students.

Research Assignment

Author: Michael Boll

Choose ONE of the following: iTunes has a section called iTunes U. In there you will find a section called Edutopia with a variety of educational technology videos. Download and watch any three videos and provide a 250-word summary/reflection on each of the three.

Choose ONE of the following:
iTunes has a section called iTunes U. In there you will find a section called Edutopia with a variety of educational technology videos. Download and watch any three videos and provide a 250-word summary/reflection on each of the three.

Building Lessons On Your Website

Author: Michael Boll

Now that you have a strong grip on web 2.0, put together a series of 3-5 lessons on your WordPress sites for your students to use. Try to incorporate as much web 2.0 as possible. Remember, web 2.0 is so much more than just the tools we have learned so far.

Now that you have a strong grip on web 2.0, put together a series of 3-5 lessons on your WordPress sites for your students to use.
Try to incorporate as much web 2.0 as possible. Remember, web 2.0 is so much more than just the tools we have learned so far.

Integration Paper and Course Survey

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Last step for those of you completing this course at the 400-500 level. Finish up this integration paper and you will be done! This paper is your chance to provide feedback on your experience in the course.

Last step for those of you completing this course at the 400-500 level. Finish up this integration paper and you will be done! This paper is your chance to provide feedback on your experience in the course.