"On April 9, 2012, Web 2.0 lost its mantle as the most important Internet paradigm. We are now starting the Age of Mobile. Google and Facebook’s Internet dominance is no longer guaranteed. They face a threat from below and an army of smartphone-touting masses that sees little distinction between the piece of hardware in their hands and the Internet world it opens up."
This is a great place to start if you’re an educator or future educator interested in using technology with your classes.
This lesson showcases a variety of Web 2.0 applications that can be used to enhance digital content offered in SoftChalk. These applications include Digital Corpora, ScreenJelly, Prezi, Youtube, Voicethread, Google Docs, & Poll Anywhere. Feel free to follow the content lock step or move at your own pace to the applications most interesting you. However, I do recommend that you understand a few key concepts (i.e. Widgets, Mashups, Embed Code, & Digital Corpora) before you begin playing with the new tricks. Therefore, the following two pages of this lesson were designed to refresh your knowledge of these concepts.
Google/Gaggle - Google Apps are some of the most popular services for document creation and collaboration. Gaggle (for a small fee) filters Google Apps (Zoho as well) to make it an ideal choice for education. Also, Gaggle allows for filtered blogging, chatting, messaging boards, and filtered videos in You Tube, etc.
Edmodo - A wonderful free site that creates an educational environment for students that focuses on skills such as blogging and collaboration.
Glogster - A great multi-media site for creating interactive posters that can be viewed online. Plus, student accounts can be created by an educator without the need of a student email.
Voice Thread - One of the most popular web 2.0 sites around. An ideal site for creating interactive presentations/slide shows.
Myths & Legends - A free site that is wonderful for digital storytelling. All a teacher has to do is get approval from a school administrator to sign a school up for this great service.
Animoto - Create dynamic slide shows with one of the most popular slide show creators on the web.
Mixbook - A great way to create a safe and secure environment for students to create online or real books (for order).
Prezi - The evolution of presentations has arrived with this zoomable presentation creator. Also, there is an educational portal in the works.
Aviary Education - A safe, secure way that offers many services for students, such as photo editor, audio editor, and movie creator.
Diigo - An ideal site for social bookmarking that allows teachers to create student account for sharing and annotating links.
What would it mean to talk about a whole school system that improves the more students use it? I’ve heard the Department of Education’s Steve Midgely refer to school as a service and education as a platform — why not apply this kind of systems thinking to the Gordian knot of our education system, using the Internet as a lens and a platform model?
The Web 2.0 model can be applied to education on two levels. The first is at the level of software that provides or supports educational experiences. The second is at the level of the human systems and workflows that are entailed by the day-to-day work of educators and students and citizens.
Firstly, in a Web 3.0 world we will not only tap into the semantic web with all it promises, but e-Learning 3.0 will transgress the boundaries of traditional institutions, and there will be an increase in self-organised learning. Why? Because we will gain easier access to the tools and services that enable us to personalise our learning, and these will be aggregated more easily too.