The Read/Write Web
The Read/write web in education is challenging, very few people, educators have yet to experience the transformative potential of these new tools for professional or personal learning. These tools are slowly processing in the educational curriculum. Studies show that using blogs, links, weblog, wikis, and podcasting; what we call social networking has a positive impact on students. Blogs can improve their reading, writing, editing, social interaction with parents, teachers, mentors, professionals and other students in the weblog community. It can promote critical and analytical thinking, shows their creativity, sensitivity thinking, reflection and it increases access and exposure to quality information.
Many businesses including people sitting right at home who have Internet connection can create weblog, blogs, and wick's which allow them to internationally communicate. Douglas Rushkoff call this “Society of authorship” where every teacher, student, every person with access-will have the ability to contribute ideas and experiences to the larger body of knowledge that is the internet. And in doing so we will be writing the human story, in real time together, a vision that ask each of us to participate. This Quote is basically telling us that these technologies are a way to communicate and collaborate in social networking.
Teachers who introduce the weblog/wicki's in their classrooms have an encouraging impact on assignments. Students will never misplace their work and they have an ability to keep their work well organized; this way student will never have an excuse for misplaced work, homework not completed or if they are sick, assignments can still be handed in; if they have access to internet connection. Weblogs also allows a person to add links, bookmarks, and archives of their interest. Weblog are great to use especially if you are an educator, it has the potential of doing anything as you wish. It can be a very useful tool as a teacher, or any profession which would really impress those who are not familiar with this tool. A weblog is basically an easily created, easily updateable website that allows an author to publish instantly to the internet from any internet connection, it’s an audience for your own ideas, and it’s a place where you can reflect and have many conversations. Using this tool for students makes them more aware of what they are writing which can improve them in all levels of writing and reading skills. Weblogs are endless blogging; it’s like a never ending conversation.
Wiki is basically a website where you can edit anything, anytime they want. You have the freedom to be an editor in chief. Wikipedia entries are accurate, informative, comprehensive and a great resource for teachers, students and anyone of that matter. Wikipedia is one of the most accurate encyclopedias in the world; this site allows a person to have access to ideas, collaboration, and negotiations. The media is endless, new entries are being added; just about everything that happens around the globe can be added into the wiki the moment it happens. Wikis can also be very useful to find different links to other subjects that fit your criteria; it also allows you to add videos, podcast, audio and all the other important aspects that make it easier for you. I believe wikis are very useful as a teacher and as a student. The collaborative environment allows a student to learn many skills, how to work with others and how to create a community. They gain knowledge of creating their own sites which would be very useful for their futures.
RSS- Really Simple Syndication
RSS– Really Simple Syndication helps you consume all information in a more efficient and relevant way. This tool allows files, important documents and other uses to be well organized and can be easily found. The RSS feeds allow you to use a type of software called “aggregator” which checks the feeds/blogs you subscribe to update automatically. I like this tool because if you are a teacher, it allows you to see other students’ blogs and what they have updated, this site offers many useful tools that would be very valuable, instead of having a bunch of papers lying around, and this site gives you the ability to store a number of documents. The RSS can also be a place where you can bookmark a number of sites; it’s also a place where you can find other bloggers related to your topic which is very informative. It’s an easy way to collect important material that can help you in your classes.
This is a video I watched which was really informative and it shows you step by step about Google Reader, which is a example of RSS and what you can do to save time. I found it easy; fun to watch and a good way to learn about RSS in a really simple and fast way.
The Social Web/Social Network
The Social web such as Facebook, Ning, Skype, Twitter, and Bebo “Micro blogging” are all the sites that allow you to connect with peers across the globe. This site lets people connect with each other in various ways such as posting pictures, videos, podcast, blogs etc. The Social Web gives you the ability to have connection with others, it’s a place where you can share thoughts, ideas, and meet new people. It can be very useful as a teacher as well to connect with other educators or professors that relate to your class, it allows you to explore which can give the students a broad range visually with interconnectedness. This can also allow schools to interact with each other like a pin pal, share experiences, linked to great blogs and other beneficial tools for the classroom. The Social web can be very effective both professionally and personally. This network has evolved massively in a decade, many parents, teachers, students and others in the community and other people from around the world can easily communicate; which is very educational, they also use the network to explore, find and transfer information. Using the Social network can even increase participation, reflection and it gives the community a chance to comment on their assignments or their classes. Students become more aware of what they are writing which can increase their vocabulary, reading and writing skills which is very affective.
Fun with Flickr
Flickr is a great website that allows you to publish, create, and edit digital images into the web. Flickr is also a great website to create slide shows, presentations, illustrate poetry, document school work, teach geography, and other valuable techniques that are easy and fun to learn. I have been told before that the Inuit in the past got taught by showing and talking to the younger ones, this reminded me of what I’ve been told in high school. I believe using Flickr is a very educational tool that should be used in all classes, as a teaching tool. Many students would very much enjoy learning things like this; it would also be good to connect with other people from around the world to share the positive things that happen in schools. Flickr also allows you to be very creative, it offers many applications to make you do anything you imagine, and it gives you the ability to create calendars, puzzles, visual stories and other fun stuff with your own photos that your students would very much enjoy.
My Point of View
This EDMS 200 class has taught me many important and very useful things in the past couple weeks that will be very valuable in my future. Although I found it to be a bit rushed, and we didn’t go through everything in the text book (Meaning the links), we learnt new and powerful tools that the network has to offer. I now have a broad range of knowledge of the tools and applications that I can use personally and professionally, I learnt new ways to find these web tools and, I am excited to introduce them into my future classroom. I was very impressed of the things we can do with the internet, I was never really into being on the computer because I never really knew about these websites, but since I have taken this class; I am looking forward to trying them out at home. Most of the things that Neil taught are very informative; and I believe most of the people in Nunavut don’t know what the web has to offer and I am looking forward to teaching and impressing those who never knew these very useful tools that can be used on a daily bases.