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Is class online tonight? by scottclarkscottclark, 22 Apr 2008 21:38
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Re: Web 2.0 tools by rivriv, 03 Mar 2008 23:49


A mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool.

Is the use of cartographic data from Google Maps to add location information to real-estate data from Craigslist, thereby creating a new and distinct web service that was not originally provided by either source.
(note: in the lower left, check out the external links; myspace, blogger, etc.)
Three types of Mashups:
1. Consumer mashups
2. Data mashups
3. Business mashups
The best known type is the consumer mashup, best exemplified by the many Google Maps applications. Consumer mashups combine data elements from multiple sources, hiding this behind a simple unified graphical interface.
A data mashup mixes data of similar types from different sources (see Yahoo Pipes), as for example combining the data from multiple RSS feeds into a single feed with a graphical front end. An enterprise mashup (see JackBe), usually integrates data from internal and external sources - for example, it could create a market share report by combining an external list of all houses sold in the last week with internal data about which houses one agency sold.

Maps web 2.0

More than any other Web 2.0 tool, online maps and satellite photos add depth to the Web by connecting it with real-world topography. Maps allow you to chart a trip and get around in real time, and their aerial views of grasslands, mountaintops, and city grids also provide a new perspective of the planet.

Mashups and add-ons
Looking for designer sneakers, organic coffee, or biking trails in your neighborhood? Some developer has probably mapped all that and more by merging data with online maps from Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft. Being first on the block to show satellite views and open its code to developers, Google Maps has inspired more mashups than blogs such as Google Sightseeing and Google Maps Mania can count. You can find examples of developers' tweaks to Yahoo Maps here. The attractive Atlas mashup uses Windows Live to track Wi-Fi hot spots, blogs, and more.

RSS Feeds

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" — it's a format web publishers use for distributing and gathering web content, such as news headlines, links, summaries or even the full text of websites, newspapers, magazines, blogs, or even podcasts. RSS content can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader" or an "aggregator". The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.

Re: Web 2.0 tools by dandaggdandagg, 03 Mar 2008 22:52

Oh, no worries, I get confused easily!

Re: Web 2.0 tools by mzekmzek, 26 Feb 2008 02:29

Mzek- I was out sick the day you were assigned the project and partners, so I was told to find 3 web 2.0 tools on my own to post here. I was not aware of what everyone else was covering, so I'm sorry if there is some overlap. I did find some useful and interesting sites; please let me know if you want them for more information. Again, sorry about that!

Re: Web 2.0 tools by kristifavkristifav, 26 Feb 2008 00:40

Kristifav, I noticed you posted some info on mashups, I believe my group (3) was covering this. I don't know if there was a bit of a mixup? or just have no idea what I'm talking about.

Re: Web 2.0 tools by mzekmzek, 26 Feb 2008 00:16

If I were in a leadership role of any kind in terms of my position, I would have to place trust in students to perform accurate teacher surveys. All too often I see faculty abusing A/V equipment in the rooms. Most common-core classes seem to be diluted by this technology, the professors seem to forget that technology is an aid. I don't see the the use of technology in the classroom to be a problem for the students but rather the faculty. The head of Academic Affairs, along with department chairs, should come up with a strategy to make sure this misuse stops. Also, all faculty MUST have a backup plan to the curriculum they are covering that day, no more "I was depending on this to teach my class today" business.

Re: Assignment # 2 by mzekmzek, 26 Feb 2008 00:12

Although this seems very basic I'd like to think that if I were a leader trying to initiate change, I would first start by clearly identifying the problem that needed to be addressed with the change. From there I'd like to work collaboratively with some sort of committee or study group as Devon mentioned above to gain staff support and to give staff members an opportunity for input. As a committee I would hope to develop some benchmark goals and dates as a means of measurement and accountability.

We had an experience in my district where a new spelling program was put into place right after a language arts consultant returned from some workshop and declared this program the new sliced bread of spelling. The program has not been well received by the teachers who have to implement it on a daily basis and we are all left wondering, "What was the problem with the spelling program we had in the first place?" In addition, no staff support was ever gained, it was one person's initiative that was sold to the administrator's and then shoved down the faculty's throats. It hasn't gone over well and many classroom teachers "secretly" resort to the old program.

I feel strongly that agents of change need to have their own hand in the ring so to speak in order to sell people on a new initiative. Often times leaders become very far removed from the classroom and they lose sight of the challenges that teacher's face and how changes will impact the teacher and the classroom.

Re: Assignment # 2 by jenkirkjenkirk, 25 Feb 2008 20:57

1. Mashups
Definition: A hybrid web application that collects data from multiple sources to create one user-friendly tool. The term originated with music mashups, where a listener combines the music of two artists to create a new track.

Uses: Some mashups include blending of applications such as Flickr, Google Maps, Ebay, Craigslist, and YouTube. Students could use a site such as Yahoo Pipes to create their own mashups. Newer sites (currently not as accessible) include Microsoft Popfly and Google Mashup Editor. There are many ways mashups could be used in the classroom – students could combine newsfeeds with photographs, or information from Wikipedia with maps.

2. Intranets
Definition: A more private version of the internet. Intranets are generally networked systems within an organization that are not accessible outside of the organization.

Uses: Many school districts (including my own) currently use an Intranet. This allows students, teachers, and staff to connect with others in the system. From my own experience, I have found this useful in many ways. My students can save a word processing document in an Intranet folder, and later access it from any computer in the network. This has also been helpful in terms of posting and sharing data. If a new student arrives in my classroom Monday morning, I can easily look up previous test scores and other information, providing they are moving from another school within the district.

3. Internet Forums
Definition: A place on the web that allows users to discuss and share information, such as on a message board or within a wiki.

Uses: I can only begin to imagine the possibilities. As stated in a previous post, this wiki is a fantastic example of how students can connect to share ideas by using a forum. Students in our classrooms could do the same – connect with one another or perhaps collaborate with other students around the world.

Re: Web 2.0 tools by kristifavkristifav, 25 Feb 2008 02:43

well… here it is, our 6:30 virtual class…

1. BLOG: definition - A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.

A great example of a blog is our professor's blog of his modest house being built. This is a nice simple blog at…. it was just voted "Top ten Blog's on the internet." Good stuff

2. WIKI: definition- A wiki is software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. These wiki websites are often also referred to as wikis; for example, Wikipedia is one of the best known wikis.[1] Wikis are being installed by businesses to provide affordable and effective Intranets and for Knowledge Management. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".

Wiki Wiki (/wiːkiː wiːkiː/) is a reduplication of wiki, a Hawaiian word for "fast". In English, "wiki" is an abbreviation of it. However, since its application to consumer generated media, some have suggested that wiki means What I Know Is; this seems to be just a pure backronym.

An easy example would be our class wiki that we are using right now…this also won an award for wiki of the year…how about that !!??

3. A.) SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: definition - Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata.

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.

As these services have matured and grown more popular, they have added extra features such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation, and groups or other social network features.

B.) SOCIAL NETWORKING: definition - A social network service focuses on the building and verifying of online social networks for communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others, and which necessitates the use of software.

Most services are primarily web based and provide a collection of various ways for users to interact, such as chat, messaging, email, video, voice chat, file sharing, blogging, discussion groups, and so on.

The main types of social networking services are those which contain directories of some categories (such as former classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages), and recommender systems linked to trust. Popular methods now combine many of these, with MySpace, Bebo and Facebook being the most widely used in the anglosphere, Hi5 in parts of Europe, Google's Orkut in Brazil, and Friendster being the most widely used in the Pacific Islands.

Re: Web 2.0 tools by U_RCorkumU_RCorkum, 21 Feb 2008 00:20

If I were in a leadership role in the school that I worked at I would try to invoke change starting with the teachers role inside and outside the classroom. Change is not accepted well in the school environment if you come up with it yourself (as the leader) and tell everyone below you "how to change." To work in a school setting the change has to be agreed upon by the majority. I think part of the "late day" that occurs every week should have some time set aside to openly talk about how the school environment is going to change for the better.
Ideas must be heard openly and voted on to be a true democratic environment. Like we spoke about in class, most principals are managers… to be a leader and agent of change, a principal must have an open door policy and be open to new suggestions and critisism. An intra-network should be set up in the school between teachers and administrators, in the form of a blog or wiki so that change can be discussed and invoked. A true agent of change will make sure to hear and discuss ways to better the educational environment.
You need the teachers to agree to the change and truly believe in it because these are the one's in the classrooms everyday that can really change the school environment. True support of the staff is the key to change in a traditional school setting or nothing will be agreed on.

Re: Assignment # 2 by U_RCorkumU_RCorkum, 21 Feb 2008 00:09

In my search for "something else" for my group, I found this neat site that has a listing of all different tools and the sites for them. Hope someone finds it helpful


Re: Web 2.0 tools by tlacastlacas, 19 Feb 2008 03:54

Scholarship Respository:
Def: A publishing platform used by numerous colleges/universities that has a set of services, like searches and storage, for that particular community.

Examples: Too numerous to list as most colleges websites that I have foiund have some sort of repository available for the staff and students. This adds to the conversation we have had in class about some people not being able to read on the computer screen. It is a medium that allows for Faculty to collaborate on topics and students to do the same. One other positive to it: it reduces costs as there is no printing cost of the material, likes journals and such.

Web 2.0 tools by tlacastlacas, 19 Feb 2008 03:35

If I were the Chief Information Officer on campus I would concentrate on relationship building with the various user group on campus. I would work to establish a campus wide IT vision and incorporate that vision into multi-year strategic plan. I think building relationships through communication, collaboration and action with the clients you serve is a very undervalued goal. Technology is always changing and evolving but a trusting relationship with your clients should be a constant. Dealing with change, especially with technology changes, can be difficult but when people have a voice and are informed of the changes and are supported through the change the results can be remarkable.

Re: Assignment # 2 by scottclarkscottclark, 11 Feb 2008 21:10

Myself as an agent of change… For my duty, instead of hall duty, time out, or (eeww) lunch duty, I have Tech duty. This time allows me to help maintain what I can in the building as for hardware. It also allows me to meet with teachers to discuss ways to incorporate technology into their classroom. I intend to continue this as I continue to learn about new things for the classroom. I have good relational skills that I use with my peers. As I look to the future, I don’t think I will ever be an administrator. The field does not interest me as I enjoy so much of the classroom experience. But I hope to use the skills I have to help others feel more comfortable within the classroom with technology. Work with what I can to help as much as I can… (Does that sound too ambitiuos?)

Re: Assignment # 2 by tlacastlacas, 11 Feb 2008 03:29

How I would work to be an agent of change in my environment…. I believe that I am already doing this in my daily teaching schedule. In the position I am in (instructional technology teacher), I believe that I have to be an agent for change. Things are constantly changing in education in terms of technology. Technology is an amazing tool that can be used in everyday teaching. I make it very clear to staff in my building that they may come to me if they have a question or need help on working with something relating to technology in their curriculum. The staff in my building know that I am willing and eager to help them integrate technology into their classroom and daily lives.

Overall, I don’t think leadership skills come easy for everyone. For some it comes naturally, while others have to work at it. Reading the article by Dr. Valdez makes one more aware of what types of leaders are out there.

Role of an Agent.... by llavoiellavoie, 11 Feb 2008 01:21

Excellent points. I am a second year elementary technology teacher in the Springfield School District. This year, the administrators, one principal and two assistant principals are all new administrators in my school. All three are from the district; the principal is experienced, while the two assistant principals are new to their positions this year. If I were to classify their leadership style, I would say that their leadership approach falls into the Relationship Leadership category. Their leadership stresses the need and importance for educators to continuously learn to successfully promote learning in the classroom. Their actions show that Professional Development is critical to create successful teachers.

Our administration also employs strategic planning techniques in their roles. Our school utilizes a Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP). The SIP’s purpose is to identify areas where we need improvement in the present, but also looks at how to improve our academics into the future.
I do believe that their strategy should better employ technology as a tool to enhance the teaching and learning process of our students. As an agent of change I would increase the amount of technology into the daily routines of administrators, teachers, and students. As an administrator, I would model the use of technology in the day-to-day operations of our school. For example, correspondence to the teachers would go out in the form of an email rather than as a memo in the teachers’ mailboxes. Students would be encouraged to better utilize technology in their daily learning routine, rather than on a scheduled weekly basis. Computers, software, and the Internet would be just as available to students, as textbooks and paper are to them.

I believe with these changes students would be better prepared and have a greater success rate in their education and later in life when they enter the workforce.

Re: Assignment # 2 by dandaggdandagg, 10 Feb 2008 20:27

If I were in a leadership role, I would try to be an agent of change by first forming a committee to outline goals and plans. Perhaps bringing parents and community members onto the committee would be advantageous. (Probably not at first…that could open a huge can of worms.) I think it would be important to work slowly. Change can not happen overnight, and I wouldn’t want my staff to become overwhelmed, especially staff members that are not as technological literate. That is why it would be very important to have a plan and set small goals. I would do my best to keep technology up to date. Also, I would search for resources/professional development for the staff. (Professional development that would move the students towards gaining the 21st Century Skills, not development that shows teachers how to perform a search.) Finally, I would do my best to model appropriate uses of technology: emailing communications, making use of presentation software for staff meetings, and modeling lessons myself.

Assignment # 2 by daloisadaloisa, 10 Feb 2008 18:55
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