Weekly Web 2.0 Update – June 30, 2008

This week, my morning thoughts over 2 cups of coffee will be formulated while sitting outdoors at a round, white, chipped and rusted, 60s-style patio table on a deteriorating stone patio in Stanfordville, NY.  I have a spectacular view of the Catskills from the John Johansen Pyramid, high atop Sisters Hill Road.  However, there is no view or signs of civilization on all sides of me.  Right now, I’m having a stare-down with a doe and her two fawns, grazing 50 yards away from me.  The momma deer just won, I blinked first.

Usually, I spend this time browsing the blogs for uses of Web 2.0 in the classroom.  There is no Internet connection at the Pyramid or a coffee house with WiFi in the (hardly can call it a) town of Stanfordville.  Good news, there is electricity and I’m listening to NPR.  I’m not suffering, one little bit, from cyber withdrawal. The NPR host is doing a report on last week’s Personal Democracy Forum Conference in New York.  NPR Senior Producer, Dava Iran Ardalan, had been blogging live from the conference.  Liane Hansen, Weekend Edition host, reviewed a Twitter Debate between McCain and Obama representatives.  And, Elizabeth and John Edwards dropped in on the Monday session via Skype Video.  The theme of the conference seemed to be centered on redefining our democracy in an information age.  

Anymore, “redefining in an information age” seems to be the central theme at our educational conferences.  All factions of our society are going through a “redefining” stage due to electronic media.  We, as educators, have a very important, critical part to play in this redefining stage.   The media industry recognizes this…the entertainment industry recognizes this…businesses and the corporate worlds recognize this…politics and the rest..why doesn’t education?  Why have we marked our lines and drawn swords?  We have.  And, we’re the last ones who should be doing this.  We should be leading the way.
 
Go to Sunday SoapBox at http://www.npr.org/blogs/sundaysoapbox/2008/06/personal_democracy_forum_2008.html and the Personal Democracy Forum at http://www.personaldemocracy.com
Mapping the political blogospherehttp://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080623-mapping-the-political-blogosphere-personal-democracy-forum-kicks-off.html
For photos of the John Johansen Pyramid go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancywozniak/sets/72157605885850647
 
or Nancy Wozniak’s photostream at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancywozniak
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Forum Discussions at Web 2.0:  Putting Education through the Changes – http://Web20Group.epsilen.com What the Internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas Carr forum continues to grow with comments and thoughts about Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”. The article has caused quite a stir in the blogging community.
New Forums:
-Your First Time in Web 2.0
Program Assessment & electronic portfolios
-Wild, Wonderful World of Wikis
-Building Learning Communities Online

Please browse through and contribute to the forums. Your thoughts and opinions are appreciated.  If you don’t have an Epsilen account, go to http://www.epsilen.com and join.  It’s FREE!
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Member Blogs and Webs Wiki
Check out Elaine Garofoli’s
, SparkFireLearning, instructional technology blog at http://www.sparkfirelearning.com (Highly recommended!)
Post yours on the Member Blog and Wiki site and I’ll add it to our group’s Quicklinks at http://Web20Group.epsilen.com   
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Woz’s Web 2.0 Recommendation of the Week:
wikiHow –
http://www.wikihow.comFor Review, see Wild, Wonderful World of Wikis in our forums or my blog at https://nancywozniak.wordpress.com . Definitely, this is one I’d use in my classroom. Talk about collaborative intelligence. This tool promotes critical thinking. Engage your students in a collaborative How-To project. Let me know what you think? Do you see a use for it, also? What about language, education, science, political science, economics …. The list goes on and on.

wikiHow About That!

wikiHowhttp://www.wikihow.com  
How-tos and tips from folks around the globe

When I open a browser, my Google portal displays the day’s weather, news, my gmail and my virtual aquarium. At the bottom of the page are wikiHow links. This morning I was having my coffee, and for no particular reason, clicked on wikiHow’s Tips for Networking http://www.wikihow.com/network. I enjoyed reading the article compiled by a collection of authors listed at the bottom of the page. I could have added to the article and become a member of the author list, but I hadn’t consumed enough caffeine for that. If I wanted, I could have embedded the entire page on my blog, but I didn’t want to. I might have rated the article for accuracy, if I wanted, but again, I didn’t. I noticed the spotlight article was How to Say I Love You. They have articles from How to Grow Beans to How to Collect Payments from Your Customers.  I had a second cup of coffee and browsed the site.  Talk about collective intelligence.

How would I use this in the classroom? …. ARE YOU KIDDING?! What a wonderful collaborative class project on tips or how-tos on a course topic. This is a very creative, engaging way to have your students meet their learning goals, don’t you think? I’m going to try it.

Week of June 22 – Web 2.0 Update

This is an update on this week’s wiki and forum posts in the Web 2.0-Putting Education through the Changes group on Epsilen at http://Web20Group.epsilen.com.

SPECIAL REQUEST:
Please send me the URLs to your own academic blogs and I’ll post them in Quick Links. There is a wiki that allows members to post their blogs, websites, twitter, skype info, also. Check out Judy Baker’s blog at http://cccoer.wordpress.comand Melanie Reed posted her archives on Web 2.0 and 3.0 from her Nano Week blog in the wiki area.

COMPELLING POSTS:

The “I LEARNED SOMETHING” FEATURE:
History of Wikipedia http://courseware.hbs.edu/public/cases/wikipedia/Harvard Business School has posted a history of wikipedia, summarizing the key stages of development, as well as policies for managing the dialogue (the policy of handling “articles for deletion” is a great example of democratic action in chaotic public forums http://courseware.hbs.edu/public/cases/wikipedia/). – George Siemens at http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/
Also, Enterprise 2.0 Social Software – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_2.0

Webinars and Videos
George Siemens – Knowing Knowledge
Presented by SCoPE – http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/ – SCoPE brings together individuals who share an interest in educational research and practice
George Siemens’ webinars Knowing Knowledge using Elluminate.com – (copy and past URLs into browser)
Part I
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/recording/playback/link/meeting.jnlp?suid=M.1AE4AA22455822A6C1E9F3CA77B44B
Part II
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2007-01-24.1325.M.87ECB2CE5B9EB5A52D942E8BB4A423.vcr