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Using Technology in Instruction–MTV Style July 30, 2007

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Tools.
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Chronicle Careers had an interesting (tongue in cheek?) essay today on updating courses with technology: “Pimp My Course”




Did you know 2.0 – youtube video July 30, 2007

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Marketing, Video, Web 2.0 Tools.
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A thought-provoking and entertaining 8 minute video on technological change and its educational implications. Thanks to Carlie Hoffman for discovering it and sharing.




Tools for School 2: Office Apps October 9, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Tools.
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Brian Benzinger posted Part 2 of his article: Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0 over at Solution Watch. Brian looks at Web 2.0 applications for word processing, presentations, diagrams and mind mapping, spreadsheets, calendars, and some miscellaneous utilities. Brian compares web-based word processors in depth, exploring page and text formatting, fuctionality, and collaborative value and sharing. He created a nice feature matrix for the word processing applications he reviewed.

Web-based office applications have a lot of potential for the education market. Since many, if not most of these applications are free, they allow both schools and students who are “strapped for cash” to have access to the essential functionality of an office suite. Also, since these applications are web-based and collaborative, they provide opportunities for group work in a way that stand-alone, desktop-based applications cannnot. This is a segment of the Web 2.0 market that needs further experimentation and application in the higher education sector.

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Tools for School October 7, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Tools.
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Brian Benzinger at Solution Watch posted a terrific list of Web 2.0-related tools for students and educators.  The posting, entitled “Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1,” covers nearly 50 tools in these categories: Organizers; Gradebooks; For Teachers, Clubs, and Management; Mathematics; Resume Building; To Do’s and Note Taking; Learning and Research; and Media Sharing.   Make sure you check out the comments too, as there are a number of additional tools listed there.  In Brian’s list, I saw a number of my own personal favorites, as well as some I’ve been meaning to explore further.  I will return to this list again, and break it down for you, 9.95 style.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, Part 2 will cover Office Applications and Part 3 will cover “real cases of Web 2.0 used in classrooms around the world.”  Should be interesting.

Best of Web 2.0 in 2006, so far February 18, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Web 2.0 Tools.
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From Dion Hinchcliffe’s Web 2.0 Blog:

The Most Promising Web 2.0 Software of 2006. I have used this list in the past for guidance on what apps are available (or worthy of checking out) in a particular category. As I look back, I’ve used a number of the one’s Dion has featured and have been generally satisfied. Worth a look.

Cymfony Knowledge Center February 8, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Blogging, Web 2.0 Tools.
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Want to know more about Web 2.0? Blogs? Check out Cymfony Knowledge Center.

Cymfony “helps companies keep their products and messages in tune with the fast-changing expectations of their most important audiences: customers, prospects, journalists, and influential bloggers. By aggregating and analyzing content from over 200,000 traditional media sources and millions of consumer-generated media messages, [they] help marketers find new product ideas, unmet consumer needs, product or service quality issues, and emerging market trends.”

Each Knowledge Center topic provides the following:

  1. Fast Facts: a few of the most important statistics to quantify the importance of each of these trends
  2. Briefing Book: a small, select set of the most important magazine articles and white papers that define each tool, provide background on their development, and put them in the context of changing consumer behaviors and marketing strategies.
  3. Best Practices: a small, select set of articles and white papers that demonstrate how to use these tools for business advantage.

While the emphasis is on business uses for these technologies, the site contains a wealth of good information applicable to the educational enterprise.

Library 2.0 Starter List January 27, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Library 2.0, Web 2.0 Tools.

As was discussed in WSULS’s Emerging Issues Group meeting yesterday, here’s a list of some categories and examples of “Web 2.0” or “Read/Write Web” applications. Future posts will add more categories and more examples of each, but here’s a basic list to get you started thinking about and exploring these ideas. [Note: I added Meebo to the Instant Messaging category, as it “lives on the web”]

Blogging (Blogger)

Blog Search (Technorati)

Blog Filters (Memeorandum)

Peer Production News (Digg)

RSS Aggregation (Bloglines)

Personal Homepages (Netvibes)

Social Tagging (del.icio.us)

Photo Sharing (flickr)

Social Networking (MySpace)

Project Management (Basecamp)

Wikis (PBWiki)

Instant Messaging (Meebo, Trillian)

Podcasting (Podzinger)

File Sharing (Bit Torrent)

Mashups (Mapbuilder)