Homework for AoB Web 2.0 Spring 2009


Before class starts on 2/11 (Intro to Web 2.0, blogging, and RSS):
  1. Read the syllabus and email me with any questions you may have. We will discuss further during the first session.
  2. Create a gmail account if you do not have one already: www.gmail.com
  3. Visit www.igoogle.com and log in with your gmail username and password. You do not need to do anything with it for now, but do experiment if you wish.
  4. Visit our class wiki (website): http://aobweb20.wikispaces.com. You will make an account later, and your own wiki, but for now you may view the content but not modify it. Some of the materials are not completely polished so please do not print out the PowerPoints just yet. I will provide all of the handouts for the exercises, so you do not need to print any of those. Browse the wiki if you like!
  5. Listen to the podcast on the first page of the class wiki by clicking the play button on the green “widget”.
  6. Click the link on the left side named “resource links” and read the articles on Web 2.0 Basics and Pedagogy
  7. Click the link on the left side for Web 2.0. Watch the videos on the next page. These are streaming videos and may buffer. You may have to let it load for a bit; press play, then if it hiccups, press pause. Once the progress bar indicates a full load, press play again.
Some of the videos are a bit “in your face” about technology and you will not agree with many of the comments and opinions. I don’t either. Some messages may make it sound like technology is the solution to all of the problems educators face and that teachers need to change (fix) how they teach. It is not. This is not my agenda, nor a goal of this course. All the videos should allow you to take pause and reflect on the past, present, and future of your teaching and your students’ learning.
    • Have you been paying attention?
    • Did You Know?
    • The Machine is Us
    • Are kids different today because of digital media?
    • A Vision of Students Today
    • Digital Students @ Analog Schools
Write a reflection of at least one-page on the Web 2.0 videos by choosing at least two that piqued your interest and why they did. Focus on the content, not the production value. We are more interested in substance, not style. Identify any overlap in themes or connections among them. Also mention your least favorite video(s) for its content or message it sends and why you don’t like it. For fun, you may indicate your favorite video for production value and methods. You will post your reflections on your blog after the first class. Note: there are some technologies mentioned that we will not explore.
  1. Click the link on the left for blogs. Watch the video and view the PPT (we’ll discuss in class). Do not do the exercise; we’ll do that in class.
  2. Click the link on the left for RSS. Watch the video and view the PPT (we’ll discuss in class). Do not do the exercise; we’ll do that in class.
  3. We will explore blogs and RSS in the first class session and you will have the opportunity to put your thoughts on “paper” about them later.

After 2/11 (ready for 2/18):
  1. Initial Blog entries: Why did you sign up for this class and what do you hope to get out of it? Also, post your earlier reflections on Web 2.0.
  2. More blog entries: At least two original posts, a reflection on what we did in that class (blogs and RSS). Write a summary of personal learning; ask yourself, “What did I get out of the lesson and (how) could I use the technology in my teaching after this course?” If you do not believe it is useful for your objectives, so state. Reply to at least two classmates’ posts. Also, comment to my blog posts.

    Create a post by Friday, respond to another’s over the weekend, and post again by Monday, and reply by Wednesday.
  3. Email me your blog address; I’ll have to post it on the class wiki for now.
  4. Add three RSS feeds to your Reader, including some classmates’ blog feeds. Visit
    the following and search for blogs and podcasts
    1. Use Discover tool in Reader
    2. www.Blogdigger.com
    3. Blog search on iGoogle
    4. http://supportblogging.com/Links+to+School+Bloggers
  5. You may want to try http://www.rssmix.com/. This will combine multiple feeds.
  6. Read the articles on RSS in the resource links on the class wiki.
  7. Click the link on the left for wikis. Watch the video and view the PPT (we’ll discuss in class). Do not do the exercise; we’ll do that in class. You will embed videos into your wikis.
  8. Create an account on www.wikispaces.com. The beginning of the handout shows you how to do this. Be sure to use the “site for teachers” option.
  9. Click the link on the left for Google Docs. Watch the video (we’ll discuss in class). Do not do the exercise; we’ll do that in class. You may want to tinker though. You should be able to access http://docs.google.com/ and log in with your gmail credentials.
  10. Read articles on wikis and collaborative environments.

After 2/18:

  1. Blog entries: At least two original posts, a reflection on what we did in that class (wikis). Write a summary of personal learning; ask yourself, “What did I get out of the lesson and (how) could I use the technology in my teaching after this course?” If you do not believe it is useful for your objectives, so state. Reply to at least two classmates’ posts. Also, comment to my blog posts.

    Create a post by Friday, respond to another’s over the weekend, and post again by Monday, and reply by Wednesday.
  2. Continue to practice editing with Google Docs.
  3. Click the link on the left for podcasts. Watch the videos and view the PPT (we’ll discuss in class). Do not do the exercise; we’ll do that in class.
  4. Read articles on podcasting.
  5. Make a gcast account: www.gcast.com
  6. Download Audacity 1.2.6 (not the beta) at home: www.audacity.com
    Download the LAME MP3 encoder and remember where you put it (I suggest in the Audacity under Program Files on your C: drive): http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&item=lame-mp3
  7. Bring a music CD to class on 2/25.

After 2/25 (ready for 3/4):
  1. Blog entries: At least two original posts, a reflection on what we did in that class (Audacity & Podcasting). Write a summary of personal learning; ask yourself, “What did I get out of the lesson and (how) could I use the technology in my teaching after this course?” If you do not believe it is useful for your objectives, so state. Reply to at least two classmates’ posts. Also, comment to my blog posts.

    Create a post by Friday, respond to another’s over the weekend, and post again by Monday, and reply by Wednesday.
  2. Create and upload another podcast episode. Try to incorporate music into your file.
  3. Create delicious account: www.delicious.com
  4. View picasa (account already created since you have iGoogle): http://picasaweb.google.com
  5. Click the link on the left for image sharing. Watch the video and view the PPT (we’ll discuss in class). Do not do the exercise; we’ll do that in class.
  6. Click the link on the left for social bookmarking. Watch the video and view the PPT (we’ll discuss in class). Do not do the exercise; we’ll do that in class.
  7. Read articles on online sharing of images and bookmarks.

After 3/4:
  1. Blog entries: At least two original posts, a reflection on what we did in that class (Image Sharing and Social Bookmarking). Write a summary of personal learning; ask yourself, “What did I get out of the lesson and (how) could I use the technology in my teaching after this course?” If you do not believe it is useful for your objectives, so state. Reply to at least two classmates’ posts. Also, comment to my blog posts.

    Create a post by Friday, respond to another’s over the weekend, and post again by Monday, and reply by Wednesday.
  2. Complete your project for next week.

After 3/11:
  1. Blog entries: Your last posts for class! Please write a reflection on what we did in the course and what your favorite and least favorite aspects were. Also, in a second post, comment on your favorite peer projects.

    Continue to experiment with the technologies available and encourage your friends and colleagues to try some of these things out.