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Web2.0/Social Media in Education

Discussion in 'Software' started by Phoenix, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Phoenix
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    Lo all,
    I'm in need of some input here

    I've been lumbared with a presentation tomorrow due to the othe rguy taking off to the caribean

    I'm going to be talking on web2.0/social media in schools
    the title of the presentation is 'Interacting in a web 2.0 world

    I was immediately put off with this talk because an email from the person organizing it said 'please make sure to tell the teachers that not everything you show them will be available at school, some will only be available from home'

    whats the bloody point of the conversation if that's already the general consensus?
    I hate backward thinking GenX/Boomers

    Anyway, I know we have a few educational types here, so what gets done in your area, how is it supported and kept student friendly?
    Sharepoint is an obvious one, but do you allow blogs? or is it pure staff/admin use
    anyone have a global site so i can use it in the demo?

    how many of you allow youtube/wikipedia/twitter at school, and how many of you use it FOR school?

    what level is your school? primary? secondary? tertiary?, this seems to make a huge difference

    Input appreciated guys, thanks very much
     
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  2. MLP

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    Hi Phoenix

    I'm a senior Tech in a secondary school in the UK.

    Over here, there is a push to get all schools using a Virtual Learning Environment / Managed Learning Environment. Many use sharepoint, but others use moodle, Frog, or in our case, Studywiz. Personally, when we looked at a sharepoint solution provided by our local education authority, it was felt that is was a bit too corporate looking and boring.

    The system we use allows users (Staff and Students) to create blogs, but we've not seen a lot of use of the blog feature. Many of the kids have set up their blog and themed it, but then get bored and move on.

    The teaching staff seem to be using the system mainly for setting work, distributing resources, receiving work back, but a few are starting to experiment with quizzes, games and videos.

    EDIT:Just to add, the system we use has messaging facilities, but these can be viewed by us, at the request of teaching staff, in cases of possible abuse.

    We allow the use of Wikipedia, and it is well used as a research resource. Youtube however, is blocked by our education authority, as is facebook, twitter, myspace. The kids still find ways round this though. I think the problem with allowing these sites is that anything to do with kids is a legal nightmare, and schools just don't want the hassle. The age range in most secondary schools over here is 11 - 18, and thats a huge gap in terms of maturity. Personally, at home I make use of parental controls to monitor, rather than block access to the web for my daughter - but I have a 1 adult to 1 child ratio, which in schools we just don't have. Therefore, most senior management would take a better safe than sorry approach.

    We recommend to staff that if they wish to use a youtube video as a learning resource, download it at home using something like tubesock or real player. Another alternative is Teacher Tube, although that seems much more geared towards teachers only. I've often wondered if it would be viable to create something similar for students, perhaps moderated by forward thinking education specialists, but this is way out of my league. I looked at writing a php / MySQL based AD integrated you tube clone, for use internally, but ran into problems with the flash encoding and getting the logon details from the browser. I might look at this again soon, when I have a bit more free time.

    HTH


    Maria
     
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  3. Phoenix
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    Thanks mate, I'm from the UK so i'm pretty familiar with how things used to be done, I worked for my own secondary school a few years after I left, and my best mate was the IT bod there for even longer
    It's been interesting to see how things have changed, totally understand about the legal stuff though,
    at the same time, i've read some rather interesting posts from forward thinking educators about how most of the problems are around how education is perceived in general, it's a very 'industrial revolution' type setup, nothing has really changed since then
    and it's often the adults unwillingness to change or make life difficult for themselves that causes the slow adoption to change in education

    anybody else have any input?

    I have to present this tomorrow AM! eek :)
     
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    Phoenix

    How'd the presentation go?

    Maria
     
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  6. Phoenix
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    Hey guys, the presentation went really well,
    I used a few videos from Youtube (linked in the delicious tag) as well as the slide deck
    for those interested its in my dropbox cloud at

    http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/1803041/Interacting in a Web2.0 World.pptx


    Obviously the slides on their own don't mean a whole lot, those 20 odd slides took over an hour to present
     
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  7. UKDarkstar
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    I see you found the Twynham Scool stuff - excellent !

    Looks like a good presentation all round :biggrin
     
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