Saturday, July 3, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Podcasting is another Web 2.0 technology. This technology requires software that can be downloaded from your PC or MAC from the Internet, and then transferred to an iPod or MP3 player using a podcasting application. It is a sequence of audio or video media files dispersed by the way of the Internet using RSS feeds. Podcasting can be used in the classroom to watch/listen to Talk and music shows, Interviews, story telling , audio books, tutorials and instructions, giving directions,sharing information, and providing commentaries on events.
What is a Wiki? Most everyone has heard of Wikipedia (wikipedia.org), which is the most recognized model of a wiki. A Wiki is an assortment of interlinked WebPages making it possible for any participant/user to freely add and edit information. It is a database where information is accumulated and easily modified by the user. From the educational perspective, a wiki makes available to the student a globally shared space where he/she can put together and develop their personal understanding on a subject/topic with the use of digital editing and revisions tools. One example of a global wiki is the Flat Classroom project, which uses Web 2.0 tools to communicate between students and teachers in geographically separate classrooms and was founded by Vicki Davis in Georgia (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay in Beijing, China (Qatar Academy, Qatar). Their goal was to find out how today’s turbo-charged information age contribute to the major social and economical changes occurring across the globe (Peters, 2009).
What is a blog? Well, you are on a blog at this very moment. A blog is a website created for a meaningful purpose by someone or a group/organization. Depending on the design, a section of the blog displays running comments from people who post or type their comments. Blogs may also contain graphics, links, videos, slide show, etc. These items can either be included in the running posts by the person posting or designed/edited into the blog by the creator and are called Gadgets. From an educational perspective, teachers can effortlessly incorporate a blog into an existing project within the curriculum. As mentioned above, it provides a continuous flow of communications or feedback instantaneously. This allows the student to work independently in school or while at home perhaps working on homework assignments. Specific assignment directions, time-lines, documents, artifacts, or any and all criteria can be viewed 24/7, to the benefit of teacher, student, and parent. It also accommodates special-needs students who may not be able to attend in a regular school setting with media tools, such as: Podcasts, Vodcasts, and narrated slide shows.