My proposal to present at the TechEd 2007, the 12th Annual Technology in Education Conference and Tech Exposition, in Ontario, California, March 25-28, 2007, was accepted, so I will be presenting in March.
The presentation addresses techniques for using Web 2.0 to harness collective intelligence and build community among students. Attendees will learn how Web2.0 sites like blogging, bookmarking, podcasting, wiki, and start page sites can be incorporated into the classroom to encourage better student interaction and sharing of course content and personal knowledge. We will first briefly define Web 2.0 as the 2nd generation of Internet based services that allow for better collaboration and sharing among people through collaboration tools and folksonomies, a labeling process called tagging. Then we will demonstrate how all these tools have been incorporated into a freshman composition course.
A social networking blog, LiveJournal, is used to disseminate information from the instructor to the students. Students also have their own LiveJournal blogs and all blogs, student and instructor, are networked in what is called a community of friends. Everyone is one click away from seeing all recent posts by members of the community. In addition, the instructor blog is syndicated and students subscribe via email updates and receive emails with daily instructor updates. Email subscriptions are set up with Feedburner, another Web 2.0 tool. Feedburner is a feed management provider. We will show attendees how to burn a feed and use the tools to broadcast and publicize the feed to students.
Wikis are another Web 2.0 collaboration tool that will be demonstrated in this presentation. Wikis are used in this same freshman composition course as a tool for sharing information and presenting student portfolios. A wiki is a website that allows visitors to easily edit content. We will demonstrate how students use the wiki to share information on different unit themes. Groups of students are responsible for researching and then sharing the information on the wiki. They work together on presentation and content creation. Students are also taught to use the RSS feeds on the wiki to stay up-to-date with their group’s editing schedule and be informed when new content from other groups is ready to be viewed.
Another Web 2.0 tool that will be demonstrated is the use of social bookmarking tools like Yahoo’s My Web and Del.icio.us. Students use these bookmarking tools to save websites related to unit themes. Students use the RSS feeds and folksonomies (tagging) in these bookmarking sites to share the information on the course wiki and in blog post on LiveJournal.
The presentation will be presented on a wiki using all of the same Web 2.0 tools previewed in the presentation, including a podcast of the session, and will be available to participants after the presentation is over. The presentation wiki will also provide an annotated bibliography to accompany the presentation. This wiki will serve as handouts.