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Learning with Web 2.0 social publishers

Few days ago I have finished the first round of tutorials with the FT PGDE students. I happened to introduce my habits of learning with Web 2.0 tools.  My intention is to elicit an idea that learning could be undergone from the knowledge construct from the folks in the globe, not just from the authority. Everyone can be or becomes an authority by his/ her own publications. Some famous social publishing services are Scribd or SlideShare. The subscription is free and try to consume others’ work as well as to produce your own work.

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Using an online collaborative whiteboard

Using an instant chatting tool on the Web is no longer new for collaborative work with the emerging ICT technologies. With the concept of Web 2.0, collaboration is much meaningful and practical with a multifunctional online collaborative whiteboard. By using Dabbleboard, teachers are able to discuss and share files in a common Web space instantly, but also request students to express and contribute ideas collaboratively. The most distinctive feature is that the brainstormed ideas could be saved as an image into your hard drive. I have attached the workshop handout for the application of Dabbleboard and you may try this Web application by your own and I am sure you can manage it within a couple of hours.

Download: Web 2.0 for Learning

Apart from introducing the whiteboard, some Web 2.0 ideas for learning and teaching have also been discussed as below:

A quick idea of an e-portfolio framework

Last week I have introduced my students about using e-portfolio.  I emphasised that “Joy of teaching and learning” is an essential ingredient for a teaching e-portfolio.  However, student-teachers would think that an easy-to-use system is crucial for capturing the learning and teaching experience – i.e. user-friendliness with a shorter learning curve could probably facilitates “a true learning”.

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Presentation 2.0

A couple of weeks ago when I was preparing an orientation session for the new students, I hesitated whether using PowerPoint or the other digital formats. I happened to find a Web application namely SlideRocket with more distinctive transition effects so I have incorporated my content with some music (at the moment I have disabled this feature as below):

Using SlideRocket is simple just by importing the original PowerPoint file from your local directory (see the panel below). Most of the slide content (PowerPoint 2007) is retained (but not all fonts). You can further edit the content in the panel and the slide transition effects are wonderful and comparable with Keynote in Mac.

SlideRocket

The post is titled as “Presentation 2.0” due to SlideRocket is a kind of Web 2.0 tool. Just want to share my students that many options are available for a digital presentation!

Viviti – another Content Management System for mobile learning

I have been teaching my students to use Viviti for blogging since last semester. Until now the feedback is quite positive on the functionality and navigation.

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Thanks for Jerrett, a very responsive developer and their teammates (You can find a very innovative pic of them in the Viviti blog!), they answered members’ questions all the time. For example, some of my students forgot to select a plan after the 15-day trial period and cannot sign in the accounts, the team fixed the issues within a couple of days upon requests!

By the way, Viviti is a very stable (never experience a down time till now) and fast system (provided that you have a stable Internet connection) incorporating with many Web 2.0 features like easy embedding YouTube, Twitters and Google Map. Although the user interface (UI) is designed in English, the most delighted feature to my teaching is that it supports Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters which facilitates my students to blog everywhere with an Internet connection.

Be reminded that the system is more compatible with Firefox with Adobe Player.

Hi buddies! Let’s share our blogging experience!

Welcome to BlogfolioExp! This is a place to share your and my learning experience on using blog as an educational carrier, probably from installation of WordPress (WP) to how to use WP or other Content Management System (CMS) or Learning Management System (LMS).

I am also very much interested in using Web applications (Webapps) for exploring the learning and teaching opportunities, so let’s start from here!