At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, SOE faculty volunteered to bring Technology Update reports to the School. According to Judy Bivens' email these people volunteered for April's report on Web 2.0.

AprilWeb 2.0--Wikis, blogs, etc
Mike, Prilla, Annette, Marcie, George, Judy

It seems reasonable to me (Mike) to use a wiki to collect our thoughts on advances, information sources, or applications to share with SOE. All you need to do is click Edit in the page header, type or paste your information and click Save. You can review who is contributing by selecting the History tab on this page.

I took the liberty to create some sub-headings where you can add annotated internet sources, links, explanations, ideas, etc. Add new sub-headings as needed.

Web 2.0

This link is a collection of articles about Web 2.0 collected over the last couple years:

Definitions of Web 2.0

18 Web 2.0 Tools for Instruction

We asked two web 2.0 gurus in higher education for their favorite tools that offer the most impact on instruction. All are easily accessible software tools with a low technology threshold, making them generally easy on tight IT or departmental budgets and personnel resources. 04/28/10

Web 2.0's Cultural Therapy
Web 2.0 technologies and social software, particularly Facebook, are reversing the trends set by technologies such as the automobile. Instead of creating the dispersion of people via transportation and other recent technologies, Facebook brings people together via digital technology.More

Web 2.0: Good for Education?

We are seeing trends in higher education, good and maybe otherwise, that reflect the re-structuring of knowledge systems that seem to come with a point in time we're calling Web 2.0. Educational leadership in this environment means reform at an institutional level, not just technology adoption. 10/15/08

Should Educators Be Concerned About Web 3.0?

Even Web 2.0 is a confusing mass of capabilities, yet already people are talking about Web 3.0. Where are we in all of this? What's important for educators to know? 01/21/09

Is Web 2.0 'Designed for Education?'

In Web 2.0, the proliferation of Web services that create spaces and sites for learning continues to grow and add value. 03/05/08

Communication and Collaboration with Web 2.0

Dear Students, please lead a thoughtful revolution

via Blue Skunk Blog by Doug Johnson on 11/21/10
"Such devices alone will not give you a better education. Period. Every student needs to have the skills to use these devices to do more than just check his/her Facebook page. By the time you leave school, these devices and the resources they give access to should be tools that ...More

Continuity of Learning: The Web Sweet Spot

Learning in higher education--formal, informal, and social--is constantly disrupted and almost always scattered during the years of undergraduate education. Learning experiences during those years are discontinuous and vertically organized because of an over-arching business model that undermines the continuity of learning by making knowledge into separate chunks instead of recognizing it as flow. But, there is an alternative…More

Why is Web 2.0 Important to Higher Education?

Web 2.0 is not just hype or a series of fads. It's a turning point for higher education, an opportunity to rediscover the ways we learn, cooperatively and gregariously.More

Wikis, Blogs & More, Oh My!

Across the country, colleges and universities are embracing the latest Web 2.0 wonders, yet still are left to ponder: Can these new technologies actually change the face of collaboration as we know it? Find out here. 04/01/08


Wiki: Simple Websites, Powerful Tool (Wiki Notes.doc)

Compiled by Michael W. Vail for IHEC convention, June 2009

Why Wikis?

Most Web 2.0 tools are discussed at length in terms of their application to the learning process. While there is much that can be learned from using these tools in instruction, there are also principles upon which that use rests that have long been the goals of instruction at various levels. In other words, while the tools may change, the goals of teaching and learning remain much the same. 02/04/09


Microblogging and Relevancy

Microblogging redefines synchronous communication in learning. While conventional distance education has explored the uses of chat tools in this regard for several years and particularly the benefits of synchronous communication over asynchronous communication in support of specific learning goals, this level of immediacy is faster-paced and more direct. 11/12/08

Avoiding the 5 Most Common Mistakes in Using Blogs with Students

Blogging can be an effective tool for learning, but its benefits shouldn't be taken for granted. It takes careful planning and skillful management to make it work in an educational setting. Here are five of the most common mistakes for instructors to avoid when incorporating blogs into instruction. 10/01/08

Micro Blogging with Twitter

Depending on your point of view, Twitter--an online social networking/micro-blogging service--is either a cool new way to connect with people or yet more online noise. But Twitter as an academic tool? In this interview, we talk with David Parry, Assistant Professor of Emerging Media at the University of Texas at Dallas, who recently blogged about using Twitter in class. 03/05/08


Using Chat To Move the Thinking Process Forward

The idea of using chat as a communication tool with students is widely accepted in education. Using the same tool to progress critical thinking is not often discussed. That is, the question might be asked, "Why use an online tool when I can discuss with my students face to face?" 10/15/08

Learning Applications of Web 2.0

Clickers and Technology Integration Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

"So many techno-centrists believe in their heart-of-hearts that the road to student- (or learner-centered) instruction is paved with high-tech devices. New technologies can transform traditional teaching. That is what they want to happen.
Yet, as Judi Harris has pointed out, the decided tilt of techno-centrists toward student-centered instruction–a tilt that she called “pedagogical dogmatism”– is a bias that confuses integrating technology into daily lessons with the reform of traditional teaching methods. That confusion between changing the dominant pedagogy from teacher- to learner-centered lessons and finding the most effective ways of integrating technology into the curriculum regardless of the pedagogy stymies clear thinking about using high-tech devices in classrooms..."More

A Case Study of Technologically Mediated Literacy.
International Journal of Learning and Media. MIT Press. Summer 2010
In this article, we present a case study of educational blogging in two junior high school English classrooms. Our study explores how the teacher employed blogs within his daily instruction and describes the technologically mediated literacy teaching and learning that occurred.

Social Networking Site Focuses on Teaching Strategies

A new social learning site has launched, one that's focused on sharing teaching strategies and other ideas surrounding the use of interactive classroom response systems. 07/01/09

5 Friendly Ways to Use Facebook in Your Teaching 10/01/10

4 Simple Steps to Setting Up a Facebook Account for Teaching 10/01/10

15 Twitter Tips 10/01/10

The Super-Secret, Never-Before-Revealed Guide to Web 2.0 in the Classroom 10/01/10

10 Rules of Teaching in this Century

We’ve been predicting a technology revolution for decades, and actually, it happened 5 years ago. We are now past the tipping point. As the revolution gathers momentum, many higher education institutions are clean-sheet redesigning teaching, learning, assessment, and career development. The 10 rules in this article suggest the depth of change that’s occurring on campus.

Web 2.0's Foundation of Sand

A major share of creativity and innovation in our country, both from our universities and elsewhere, occurs “on” the Web. But what is built on the Web has no ribars in its foundation, indeed, often no physical foundation--such as offices--at all .More

New Book Examines Web 2.0 Concepts and Applications

A new book on Web 2.0 Concepts and Applications was published this past week by Course Technology as part of the popular Shelly Cashman series of introductory IT texts. 03/17/10


The Higher Education Hedgehog

Like the hedgehog, higher education should find its one best survival strategy and use it. And that may be portfolios.More