Do you want to learn about Web 2.0 this summer?
Probably not, right? You know all about it and that’s why you’re reading this blog. You’ve got it nailed.
But, you probably know or work with someone who needs to be brought up to speed on what this is all about. Maybe you’re tired of explaining once again the value of connections and publishing to the web. Or, you’ve got a teaching partner that you’d like to prep for projects for the fall.
You know that it’s pretty tough to get up to speed with a one or two hour workshop over the summer. A couple years back, I used to run a mini-course for educators called “An Introduction to Web 2.0”.
For a bigger reach, I took the various topics and put them together in an online, self-paced course. Consisting of eight sessions, I took into the fact that most teachers have tonnes of things to do over the summer but could perhaps devote some time every week for a little online learning. Hence the name “8 Weeks to Web 2.0”.
So, if you start the first of July and devote a little time each week, you should be good to go for September!
Now, we know this can’t possibly be all-inclusive, but I think it’s a darn good start towards learning, understanding, and hopefully applying some of the important tools available on today’s web.
Week 1 – Upgrade Your Web Browser
Week 2 – Get a New Email Account
Week 3 – Get a Delicious/Diigo Account
Week 4 – Get a Twitter Account
Week 5 – Read Some Blogs
Week 6 – Start Your Own Blog
Week 7 – Listen to Some Podcasts; Create Your Own
Week 8 – Exploration of Other Web 2.0 Functionality
The Cost? – Free
Check it out and pass the link along to anyone you think might benefit from this resource. It’s located on my Professional Development Wiki here.
Educators have traditionally helped parents teach young people about appropriate behavior
towards others. Now, with the explosion of social media, educators can be part of a larger
conversation with young people about digital citizenship and online behavior. We will discuss
more about what digital citizenship means in Section 4. As educators you can instruct them in
safe, ethical, and responsible Internet use.
Wacky Web Tales
These Wacky Web Tales are geared for grades 3 and above.
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What makes a good teacher?
Sometimes the simplest questions in life are the hardest to answer.
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Math Apps Gone Free! MathSpins Series by iHomeEducator – Fun Educational Apps: Top Apps for Kids Reviews!
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School Library Monthly Blog » Blog Archive » How Google’s Free Power Searching Class Could Establish You As a Professional Developer
Today, Google announced a first: an enormous, free online course (known as a MOOC – a massive, open, online course) about one of our favorite topics: power searching! Lessons will be released beginning July 10, and you’ll have two weeks in which to complete the tasks. If you complete the lessons and assessments, you’ll earn a certificate of completion.
Don’t Laugh at Google Glass: They’re Goofy, but They Will Save Us from Ourselves | PandoDaily
So Google’s heads-up-display glasses are goofy.
So what? A lot of technologies are goofy until they become ubiquitous.
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