Wednesday, April 23, 2008

23 Things Plus 1 Alaska Style

Hello! Welcome to Raven About Web 2.0
This tutorial is brought to you by the Alaska Association of School Libraries 2.0 Team in partnership with the California School Library Association's School Library Learning 2.0 Team. On the following pages, you will encounter the tools of the new Internet: Web 2.0 tools that are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, video, audio, and gaming sites. The Raven About Web 2.0 team encourages you to take time to explore and enjoy all the tools of this new Internet. Read on! Registration occurs after you have completed the first three "Things."

23 Things
For this tutorial, there are 23 + 1 Things for you to do. Each Thing will show you one more web tool. There are many places for you to explore, experiment with, and think about creative ways to use this in your library or to collaborate with classroom teachers. There will be a credit class available between June 9 and August 1, 2008. Credit will be offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Otherwise, there is no deadline and this course will remain online through the 2008-2009 school year. If you are not yet a member of the Alaska Assoc. of School Librarians, we invite you to join. [Note: Are you a classroom teacher? Check out Classroom Learning 2.0.]

Tutorial Format:
Each week begins with a brief explanation of a new web 2.0 topic, followed by Discovery Exercises. These exercises give you the background you need to understand the tools you're learning about. Don't skip them! After the Discovery Exercises, you'll find a Thing -- activity -- to complete. Then you comment or "post" to your online log (Blog.) You will learn how to set up a blog in week two. This is a tool to communicate your feelings, new found skills, ideas, questions, and favorite websites. You'll receive feedback from the CSLA 2.0 Team and from other participants. It's your space!

The links below will take you to each week's specific lesson.
Week 1:
1. Please begin by reading this blog & find out about the program.
2. Discover a few pointers from lifelong learners and learn how to nurture your own learning process.

Week 2: Blogging
3. Set up your own blog , add your first post, add an avatar.
4. Register your blog and begin your Learning 2.0 journey.

Week 3: Photos & Images
5. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site.
6. Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites.
7. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week.

Week 4: RSS & Newsreaders
8. Learn about RSS feeds and set up your own Bloglines newsreader account.
9. Locate a few useful library related blogs and/or news feeds.

Week 5: Play Week
10. Play around with with an online image generator.
11. Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.
12. Explore VoiceThread A collaborative tool with many educational uses

Week 6: Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati
13. Learn about tagging and discover (a social bookmarking site)
14. Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts.
15. Read a few perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future of libraries and blog your thoughts.

Week 7: Wikis
16. Learn about wikis and discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them.
17. Add an entry to the Learning 2.0 SandBox wiki.

Week 8: Online Applications & Tools
18. Take a look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet) tools.
19. Take a look at LibraryThing and catalog some of your favorite books.

19.1 Alaska's Digital Pipeline

Week 9: Podcasts, Video & Downloadable Audio
20. Discover TeacherTube and a few sites that allow users to upload and share videos.
21. Podcasts (You don’t need an iPod!)
22. Presentations: Glogster, Animoto and Prezi
23. Summarize your thoughts about this program.
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