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January 15, 2008 - Social Learning
Meeting Topic - Introduction to the Tools of Social Learning
Emerging Technologies wiki
for relevant resources.
Presentation slides for this topic available
Assignments from Last Week
The should already have:
become familiar with the course tools and course page,
created a blog using Wordpress.com (or other)
created a Google account.
begun subscribing to edublogs (including blogs from course participants) via Google Reader.
This Week's Assignments
Begin to write/think about the implications of the social web. What have you learned so far? What do you see as the problems of so many tools? What are the implications for education? What are the implications for our schools (e.g, admin, teachers, students, technicians, parents).
Be sure to have subscribed to all EC&I 831 participant blogs. Read and comment on posts where appropriate. Extend this activity to the larger educational community.
Join the Google Groups Community I have set up for this course. It can be found at
. This will be used for more direct communication in this course.
Extend out deeper into the educational online community. Ideas for this may include getting a
account (and getting connected to others) or joining in on an
session. Blog reflections are always encouraged.
Readings and Media
There are a number of easy-to-digest videos from the Common Craft show that explain concepts like blogging, RSS, social networks, social bookmarking, wikis, etc. "in plain english". These are an excellent resource and I encourage you to look through these at the
Common Craft Show
Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning?
(Educause, April 2006)
Pedagogical Affordances of Syndication, Aggregation, and Mash-up of Content on the Web
Crash Course on Learning Theory
(Creating Passionate Users) - optional reading.
Recording of the Elluminate Session
help on how to format text
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