Communication Tools and Web 2.0 ResourcesJack Emeleusjack.firstname.lastname@example.org
Net Communication ToolsWebsites (HTML)Wiki websites Bulletin BoardsEmail (including Lists)ChatVideo ChatVOIP Skype etcSMS Syndication Blogs, Pod & Vod CastOther tools mySpace, YouTube, Facebook
Some considerations for choosing or evaluating an ICT for the classroom
Is the ICT worth it?Motivation (Malone)
Are ICTs still motivational as for Malone in the early 80s?The best inventions are often new applications of existing technologiesExpanding the use of an ICT tool beyond the narrow extrinsically motivated focus of a child
Is the ICT worth it?Theoretical paradigm (SC/CC?)
Literacy aspectsIs a blog what you think it is? Does RSS mean Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary?Can I use FTP to cook eggs?Will a Wiki bring good luck?Is an iPod a bit like a pea pod? What is a pea pod anyway?
Is the ICT worth it?FrameworksProductive PedagogiesEYCG
Is the ICT worth it?Will it make teaching easier?A legitimate question that teachers might be embarrassed to askSharing resources with other teachersReducing administrationWill I need support to implement it?Can I get the support if required?
What are the risks?Nature of iCt is that new channels of communication are openAre the risks going to land you in trouble? (EPPR)Are the risks justifiable?Confer with a higher authority
Other ConsiderationsCostEquity a whole lecture for this one!Potential long term benefitsInnovations $$ (normally overlooked)Your own professional development
If in doubt.always give it a try!
Which CT are we talking about?The Web..Web 2.0
Websites (CMS and Static)For teachers or studentsCan be great information sourcesIf you are using someone elses there is usually no cost but also less motivation (teachers AND students)Generally difficult to use as almost live communication toolsGreat for keeping a big community up-to-date (eg www.smithfieldshs.com.au )
Websites - Static
Web Server.html, .jpg, .gif files etc stored on serverFinal rendered file in Browser windowRequest to view website
UserDelivers HTML / imagesCosts: Server hosting, Domain Name (base of the URL)Benefits of static: cheap, simple (in server terms), quick from serverCons of static: hard to maintain, cant give multiple admins, need continual FTP access to update and build
Websites - Dynamic (data driven)Costs: Server hosting incl. database, domain Name (base of the URL)Benefits of Dynamic: easy to update, separates content and formatting, decentralised management is an option, lots of pre-built packages, no need for Dreamweaver etcCons of Dynamic: higher cost, initial set-up can be tricky, ongoing support?
Websites (CMS and Static)Use your own and youll need to Build MaintainWrite / edit copyHow do you give kids pagesHow do you maintain consistency, security, privacy,.
Wiki Websites (the post-it note of the web)A completely different paradigmContent over formattingRequires some level of trustNeeds daily supervisionWonderful medium for instant publications, journals, full class shared projectsWhat would you use it for? http://ed4492.awardspace.com/wiki
Bulletin Boards / ForumsAnnouncements page on LearnJCUStrictly controlled by the administratorBB is One-way communication, Forum is two wayExcellent for senior schooling and VocEd situations where forms and messages from the convenor are a regular thingBlurred boundary BB, Blog & Forumhttp://ed4492.awardspace.com/forum
EmailEvery child in an EQ or CES school has an email address. Probably every child in QLDWho doesnt have one?Uses: asynchronous communication with..Parents individual and class listsStudents individual and class groupsStaffProfessionals in fieldsList Servs (see text) how to find a good onehttp://www.lists.edna.edu.au/
EmailWhy use email in a class situation?Archive all communicationsLow-pressure literacy (not as formal as a letter, but still use a spell check!)Submission of written workFlattens the hierarchy (access to the top)Consider: changing nature of student/teacher relationship http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_1/huffaker/index.htmlExample draft discourse
ChatSynchronous communicationGrammatical correctness v expressionGlobal / Local / In classManagement Issues:Security / Safety Time management (or lack of)One-One or Many-ManyLow tech requirements
Video Chat / Video ConferencingSynchronous communicationVerbal, but with textual back-upGlobal / Local / In classVirtual classroomsHardware requirementsMic / Speakers / CameraBandwidth on connectionOther uses web cams monitoring projects with time lapse.
VOIPWhy use a free phoneVirtual classroomsIn-school communicationLong distance projects become affordableVOIP will be the standard telephone system within the next 2 years. Why not get your students familiar with the idea?
SMSExcellent communication tool with parents.Requires some $$ so admin support would be necessaryAdministrative use most appropriate
Commercial example: www.messagemedia.com.au
Syndication Different things, but use both to see the full power!Blog Web LogRSS Really Simple SyndicationBlog Sample: http://ed4492.awardspace.com/blog POD Case: http://jjj.net.au Interactive or Read OnlyOwner moderatedFree & simple to set upBuild on your school site or hosted
Syndication - RSSIncorporating RSSBuild into a websitehttp://www.smcc.qld.edu.au Use an online aggregator like http://www.newsgator.com ExamplesCustom feed: http://search.abc.net.au/search/search.cgi?query=cairns&collection=abcnews&form=simple http://www.edna.edu.au/edna/go/resources/toolkit/rss_services/pid/1140 Desktop download - subscribe to homework? http://allrss.com/rssreaders.html
Syndication Pod CastingAs with blogs/rss, but a pod cast utilises audioMP3s as hyperlinks on the web ORUse a Pod Casting aggregator like Doppler or JuiceStart your own Pod Cast great for media studies, FTV, Radio.Utilise previously Pod-casted material
Social Networkinghttp://www.aftrsmedia.com/digimedia/?p=66 Online social networking fulfills the same function as hanging out for teenagers and they generally only communicate with people their own age teachers generally fulfill the role of the only older mentor modern kids are likely to getComparisons between schools and jails were mentioned.
I appreciate schools duty of care and understand that there are pressure to protect their students but offering the education needed to avoid these problems seems a much smarter approach than the aforementioned head in sand model.
Social NetworkingNext Week.
Techniques for Animation and Video
Purposes of Animation and Video
Hooking up the media to the NEW mediaYouTube? mySpace?
Internet ResourcesOptional Workshop Project
Malone challenge, fantasy, curiosity, controlMalone argues that computer based techniques for teaching can improve the depth of intrinsic motivation present in a teaching unit. When his ideas on the matter were published in the early 80s, everything computing would have been motivational!! So if our young digital natives now live and breathe ICTs in the form of mySpace, youTube etc what more can we add that they havent seen before? Is an ICT automatically going to add intrinsic motivation? Of course not, but I argue there is plenty of scope for utilising ICTs in still new and motivating ways!The anecdotal evidence I have seen would suggest that a majority of children use ICTs to achieve a narrowly focused objective. For example:mySpace for chatting with mates just like SMS.youTube for posting biffo in the playground or moves from the dance floor at Saturdays trinity beach street partyEmail - a great way to send notes without having to send notes
Theory are you a social constructivist, cognitive constructivist or (heaven forbid) a behaviorist?For the cognitive constructivist, will your social networking tool that is so intrinsically motivating actually allow students to construct meaning through experience and will the meaning actually be close to what you had anticipated and is it important anyway?
You can control a BB or Forum, but watching a Wiki can be tiresome. You can generate your own blog to control posts but have you lost the kids along the way?
What is a justifiable risk? Cost. Most ICT have some cost, be it in the labour to install the application (a Wiki) or the licensing fees.
Can the kids all access the Blog, Website, RSS feed from home? If not, how are you going to deal with that?
Dont think about just this year. In most cases youll be at a posting for at least 3 years. If you set it up next year, will that make it easier next year? YES!!
Most teachers NEVER think of this. Smithfield High School is a classic example of teachers bringing in the $$. What started as a bit of an insurance job was siezed upon by a small group of teachers who saw massive potential. In my first year there I created a new robotics course (and flew to Adelaide for a week to train, then to Brisbane for a weekend. In the second year I started working with the radio, made some suggestions for innovation and ended up with two trips in the next two years! The centre of Excellence funding that went to Smithfield was largely because of innovative use of ICT (although it could have been better).There is a number of other extremely well funded projects at that school because teachers were willing to risk trying new things.Sit on your hands and complain that other schools get all the funding, and they will. Try something new at your school (doesnt have to be expensive) and you might be surprised!
5. In my first year I was out of school for at least 7 school days on PD exercises. This is not always possible, but if you push for it the chances are good. If you have already started a project in class and can demonstrate potential benefits of legitimate training in the area most schools would give you a chance.
Draft discourse students now email drafts to teachers. You respond. At first it seems a little bit awkward, since you would never be in a room alone with a student, so having a relatively private conversation can be strange. Students relate a little differently to teachers through email. With email you are on the same level allowing students more of a voice and leading to collaboration with the teacher where it is not always possible in the classroom. 24/7 teaching? Up to you!