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BlOG RECOMMENDATION:
http://technology180.wordpress.com
Stop running from the technology.  Turn around and try it.

Check out Patsy Crawford Carruthers’ Blog.  Patsy is the Senior Program Manager of Instructional Technology for the Teaching & Academic Support Center (TASC) at the University of Kentucky

Her About Description:
Technology180 is a blog dedicated to tech tools and Web 2.0 resources for teaching and learning. Rather than being a fully rounded look at technology, this blog asks the reader to reverse his or her thinking about using technology in the classroom, if necessary, and apply some new tools to his or her instruction.

The author, “patsycat,” is Patsy Crawford Carruthers, Senior Program Manager of Instructional Technology for the Teaching & Academic Support Center (TASC) at the University of Kentucky. Her bachelor’s degree is in journalism and her master’s is in education. She’s a former journalist and high school English & journalism teacher, and she spent 10 years working for Cincinnati’s public television station in content and educational technology. Entries reflect her own viewpoints and interests and do not represent the University of Kentucky. She blogs because she loves to write.
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REMEMBER-email me with your blogs, websites and Web 2.0 recommendations (nancywozniak@gmail.com).  I’ll post them.   Join and post them in the wiki area of our Epsilen Web 2.0 Group at http://Web20Group.epsilen.com.   I send weekly update emails to the Epsilen group.    – nancy

The Use of Facebook in Education

This morning, I found a creative use for Facebook in the classroom.   If you are a Facebook member, do a search for “Perseids Meteor Shower”.  If you’re not a member, do a search for Nancy Wozniak and become one of my friends on Facebook.  The link to the Perseids Meteor Shower event appears on my profile.  (RELAX… If you join Facebook, nothing bad will happen to you…you will not be stalked or turn into a toad…I promise 🙂  You’ve got to see this!  This is a Facebook event group where students, faculty and everyone comes together and shares information on the event, viewing tips and meteors in general.  

BTW, this event page was started by 2 high school seniors out of Maryland.  They use a  Facebook group page as an invitation to the event.  They ask you to RSVP.  83,147 guests have confirmed their attendance, 19,823 might be attending and 21,287 have sent their regrets and won’t be in attendance.    Try it and you’ll begin to see some of the benefits of social networking in education.  Let’s get past the ridiculous debate on banning faculty from Facebook.  Let’s get back to teaching and learning.   I can see something like this as an engaging collaborative class project…hmmmmm…my mind is off and running with this one.  http://www.facebook.com

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