January 15, 2008 - Social Learning

Meeting Topic - Introduction to the Tools of Social Learning
  • Educational Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Google Tools
  • Photosharing
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Podcasting
  • Videosharing
  • Implications

See the Emerging Technologies wiki for relevant resources.
Presentation slides for this topic available here.

Assignments from Last Week
  • The should already have:
    • completed the introductory activity,
    • 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 http://www.google.com/group/eci831. 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 Twitter account (and getting connected to others) or joining in on an edtechtalk session. Blog reflections are always encouraged.

Readings and Media

Recording of the Elluminate Session.