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Social eLearning - SIDLIT

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Social eLearning - SIDLIT

  1. 1. Integrating Social Networking & Web 2.0 Applications into eLearning Rob Gibson, Ed.D.
  2. 2. Social Networking in eLearning What you will learn today:  Understand how social networking is impacting society  See examples of common social networking applications  Have an opportunity to try social networking applications  See resources and data regarding how social networking can be used within eLearning
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  4. 4. • Boyd and Ellison (2007) define social networks as “…web-based services that allow individuals to…. 1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system 2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection 3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.” Social Networking in eLearning
  5. 5. The first officially recognized social network was sixdegrees.com that launched in 1997 and officially shut down in 2000. According to the Wharton School of Business, as of October 2008 social networks impacted more than 230 million people worldwide. Social Networking in eLearning
  6. 6. • Social networks now represent the fastest growing Internet segment – 3x the rate of overall Internet growth. (2009) • Social networking sites are growing at the rate of 47% annually, reaching 45% of total web users. (2006) • Social networking and blogging are now the 4th most popular online activities, according to Nielsen’s recently released Global Faces and Networked Places report. (2009) Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings) Social Networking in eLearning
  7. 7. • 67% of the global online population now visit a social network site, and this sector accounts for 10% of all Internet time. (Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Italy are the fastest growing segments.) • Social networks and blogs are now the 4th most popular online category – ahead of personal Email • Member sites now account for 1 in every 11 minutes online Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings) Social Networking in eLearning
  8. 8. Orkut.com in Brazil (operated by Google) has the largest domestic online reach (70%) of any social network anywhere in the world, whereas Facebook has the highest average time per visitor among the 75 most popular brands online worldwide. However, the amount of time spent on Facebook.com increased by more than 566% in only one year. (Nielsen, 2009) Social Networking Factoids (Nielson Netratings) Social Networking in eLearning
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  10. 10. According to the web site Social Media Defined (http://www.socialmediadefined.com), Twitter is a microblogging application that is more or less a combination of instant messaging and blogging. Social Networking in eLearning
  11. 11. • Back-channel chat where participants at conferences provide bursts of feedback regarding conference proceedings to both other conference participants, and to people who cannot attend the conference (Hargadon, 2009); or preceding a conference via keywords (Parry, 2008). Use Twitter during a webinar to post specific keywords denoted by a hash (#facebook), and then participants search on those keyword to see what other people in the webinar (at other locations) were saying about the topic. (Mullings, 2009) • Polling students using instant Twitter polls in Academia Social Networking in eLearning
  12. 12. • Class chatter that allows students to continue discussion topics outside the classroom (Parry, 2008) • Follow professionals who are actively engaged in particular topics or events. For example, students can follow any number of correspondents at MSNBC, CNN, and other news outlets • Writing assignments where students build on each other’s tweets to generate a story, poem, or haiku. (Parry, 2008) • Collaboration with students from other countries regarding specific topics of political or historical significance in Academia Social Networking in eLearning
  13. 13. Social Networking in eLearning • Use Twitter to “track” a word. This will subscribe you to any post that contains said word. So, for example, a student may be interested in how a particular word is used. They can track the word and see the varied phrases in which people use it. Or, they can track an event, a proper name, or a movie title. (Send the message “track ______” to Twitter) (Parry, 2008) • Storytelling - George Mayo, an eighth grade English teacher, recently used Twitter as a tool to collaboratively write a story with his students. Mayo invited his students and students around the world via his Many Voices Twitter account to add to an ongoing story with individual "tweets." After six weeks and the help of more than 100 students and six different countries, the story was finished. (Parry, 2008) in Academia
  14. 14. Use twitterfall.com • Type in a keyword (e.g., Iranelections) and watch the results in real time Use twittervision.com • Twittervision and Twittervision 3D allow you to GeoTag users and their posts to know where certain topics are being discussed in Academia Social Networking in eLearning http://twittervision.com/maps/show_3d
  15. 15. Social Networking in eLearning Use Freshlogic Atlas • Type in a keyword and watch the results in real time in Academia Use historicaltweets • Learn what it may have been like for historical figures to tweet
  16. 16. Use tweetdeck • Create “groups” of students Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Use YouTube or twiddeo • Link to video files from Twitter
  17. 17. Use twi.tt • Poll students in Academia Social Networking in eLearning
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  19. 19. Facebook is a social networking website that was originally designed for college students, but is now open to anyone 13 years of age or older. Facebook users can create and customize their own profiles with photos, videos, and information about themselves. Friends can browse the profiles of other friends and write messages on their pages. (TechTerms.com) Social Networking in eLearning
  20. 20. in Academia Use academia.edu • Facebook-like application Use Facebook Groups • Create a class-centric group Social Networking in eLearning
  21. 21. Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Research • Analysis of how social networks are formed Academics • Journalism http://snipr.com/j5di5 http://snipr.com/j5d2m
  22. 22. Academic Networking • Create a networkedblog in Academia Social Networking in eLearning •http://www.facebook.com/pages/ww wdonquijoteorg/27485153678?ref=ts/ •http://www.inigral.com/products/sch ools.htm •http://www.inigral.com/products/stan dardissimo.php •http://www.facebook.com/group.php ?gid=18977111129 •http://phoenix.facebook.com/group.p hp?gid=12471635541 •http://usask.facebook.com/group.ph p?gid=12256460391 http://www.networkedblogs.com
  23. 23. Social Networking in eLearning
  24. 24. A blog (an abridgment of the term ‘web log’) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Co-Winner, Word-of-the-Year: 2004 Social Networking in eLearning
  25. 25. in Academia Social Networking in eLearning Wordpress.com (no fee; hosted option) Wordpress.org (free software; non-hosted) Variety of fee-based hosts that support Wordpress Hostican Laughing Squid Bluehost Mu.wordpress.org (Fee-based; multi-user; multi-host)
  26. 26. From http://onlinedegreetalk.org/blogs/ • The instructor posts various announcements, information, assignments, and abbreviated lessons for student reference • More aptly called an interactive medium of study, students get an opportunity to express their opinions about a particular topic or subject posted for discussion over the net • Articles on various topics provide extensive knowledge on the subject. Students, in turn, post their comments on these articles • Used as a writing portfolio, blogs are found to be very helpful in expressing thoughts by students about their subject of study Social Networking in eLearning in Academia
  27. 27. • Students find it very useful to post comments, throw questions to their instructor about the course and the subjects in particular and talk to fellow students about course progress and related benefits • Activities and presentations pertaining to a particular subject can be discussed over the net by way of blog posts • Students get to know each other, by not just chatting, but instead by responding to the posts offered by various students • As a means of evaluation, assignments are cross verified and the qualities of presentations are evaluated by fellow students positively by way of blog posts and related responses Social Networking in eLearning in Academia
  28. 28. http://snipr.com/j5rqk Social Networking in eLearning in Academia Scholarly CitationsWordpress Plugins (5,000+) •Twitter Tools •Wordbook •Daiko’s Video Widget •Flickr plugin
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  30. 30. A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites (Wikipedia) Social Networking in eLearning
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  32. 32. Ning provides a software platform (the "Ning Platform") that enables you to create, join or browse Social Networks (Ning.com) Ning includes some interesting and useful tools out-of-the-box, including a blog, discussion board, groups, and video and photo uploading capabilities Social Networking in eLearning
  33. 33. http://podstock.ning.com/profile/RobGibson in Academia Social Networking in eLearning Ning • Custom social networks http://bioarchaeology.ning.com/ http://education.ning.com/ http://www.ourprivatenetwork.com/
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  35. 35. Social Networking in eLearning Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata, typically in the form of tags that collectively and/or collaboratively become a folksonomy. Folksonomy is also called social tagging, "the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content“ (Wikipedia.com)
  36. 36. • A professor can save readings for a class. Since each tag has it's own URL, the URL can be posted in the syllabus. Many of these services also have RSS feeds, so students who use a news aggregator can see new postings automatically. • Bookmarks available from any PC • Merge Delicious links into Facebook via a plugin Social Networking in eLearning in Academia