The purpose of this site is to support new non-traditional modes of publishing one's creations. Existing work and creations by others, using these same technologies, can also be used to support teaching and learning. These technologies fall under the broad definition of the "Read-Write-Web" or Web 2.0. There are many procedures, sites and services where you can create, modify and upload your own content, whatever it may be. Below is a summary of the most popular ones.
This work is targeted to Connecticut College faculty and students. It is meant to supplement, not replace, our Moodle course management system. We are in a rapidly changing field, material is constantly being updated. Suggestions for improvement can be made to Michael Dreimiller, <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 860-439-2093, or in the comments below, which may be moderated.
Generally there is no review before modifications are accepted. Edits can be made in real-time, and appear instantaneously online. Wikis have excellent versioning control. Every change is documented, you can see who made the change, when, and what was changed.
Examples of web sites and wikis created by Connecticut College Students:
More on Wikis
Blogs can provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A blog can combine text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and 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, photographs, videos, music, and are part of a wider network of social media.
There are more than 100 million blogs on the web. Blogs can be authored by individuals or groups, and can be made public, or private to a select group of individuals.
We have been using and support Blogger for curriculum-based activities. For other types of blogs, contact College Relations, Development (includes Alumni), CELS, and Admissions.
Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts. Twitter is the most popular microblogging client. An example (not Connecticut College) of a Twitter feed is here
Example blogs: http://triptorussia2009.blogspot.com/ (Click on "Next Blog" at the top to see a variety of styles)
If significant more control is required for a complex blog, a better solution may be wordpress.com. Example here
More on Blogging
More on Twitter
Examples of web-based feed readers are Google Reader, Bloglines. Netvibes, and NewsGator Online.
Examples of computer-based aggregators are NetNewsWire for OSX and FeedDemon for Windows.
RSS feeds are usually specified by the RSS Feed symbol:
At this time, the easiest way of creating an RSS feed is to use Blogger, which has a built-in RSS publisher.
Clients can subscribe to your blog as an RSS feed in a feed reader.
Ning: example started by Andrea Lanoux (Note: Ning can provide much more than a discussion board, but you can limit the portal to this functionality)
Google Groups, small test here
Podcasting is a method of publishing programs via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a collection of audio and video files, called a feed, channel or podcast. Any files added to the podcast, at a later time, are automatically downloaded to the user's personal computer, using podcast aggregator software like iTunes. These files, or episodes, can then be listened to later, at the user's convenience.
The goal of podcasts is to allow users to keep up to date with a range of different audio and video sources. Client software, like iTunes, maintains a list of content sources and periodically and automatically checks them for new file releases. Podcasts are not just audio or video files on a web page, though these can also be combined into a podcast.
A benefit of podcasting is that listeners can synchronize the content
of iTunes, or their podcast client, to their iPod or other portable
media player, and take the files with them to hear or view, whenever they
Creating a Podcast for iTunes and the iTunes Store
Link to Sony ICD-SX700 Instructions
Link to Sony ICD-UX300 Instructions
Kodak Zi8 QuickStart
Shot with Zi6 in Vietnam by student
Final Cut Express Support
Video File Formats and Conversion
(NOTE: This will work with any mp4 that will not import into an editing program)
Using the Canon XHA11 Camcorder
On-Line Video Editors
DIGITAL STORYTELLING is a broad category, still under definition. It is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. The most common examples are short videos that tell personal stories in an emotionally engaging manner. These can be created in simple software like iMovie, and can combine video, still images, music, and narration. At the basic level, a set of PowerPoint slides with corresponding narration or music is also a digital story. Digital stories can be web-based, and can also be interactive.
Digital Storytelling can include characters, situations, experiences, insights, and can includes fictional video productions.
Transcription service: Automatic Sync
There are many varieties of video hosting services, YouTube is very popular. Blip.tv is a good alternative, as YouTube videos, unless you have a special account, cannot be longer than 11 minutes. Blip.tv example here
Examples of YouTube videos posted by Connecticut College students here and here
MIT has aggregated many of their institutional and campus community videos under one portal, MIT TechTV
More on YouTube and Web Video
Live web video
Link to services comparison
Nikon CoolPix P5000 Digital Camera guide
These web services allow you to create an account, and upload your images. These can be organized in different albums that are under your control. Comments can be allowed for each image. Albums can be displayed as slideshows.
Flickr (Main Site), example of a Flickr Image Set Basic accounts in Flickr are free, but limited in monthly uploads.
Picasa Web (this requires a Google individual account, which right now is unfortunately different from a Google Apps for Education account)
Web presentation of image collections
The most popular on-line document services are Google Apps. These can be used in an Educational account, or in an Individual account. If you have a Google Apps for Education account in this domain (conncoll.edu), select "My Sites" at the top right, then "Documents" in the top left to get started. Another popular on-line productivity service is Zoho.
Image manipulation for BIO103
Sliderocket, slide shows with animations and audio recording (there may be a fee for extra services)
Second Life (SL) is an entire complex virtual world. It allows you to control your "avatar's" (on-line) appearance and enables you to create your own buildings and objects. You need to download a free application to use SL.
Google Earth. This requires a free downloadable application to use. SketchUp is a free program that allows you to create your own 3-dimensional structures, and export a file which can then be opened in Google Earth. This allows accurate geo-referencing of SketchUp models and accurate placement of those models in Google Earth. SketchUp can also import modeling context (photographic + terrain model) from Google Earth for modeling reference.
Ning Nice example of Ning site here, if you want a test an account in a site already created, you can request one here
Unfortunately, though free, both Ning and Google Groups display some advertising. This can be eliminated in NIng by paying $19.95/mo. Ning has a lot more features than Google Groups, but if all you need is a simple discussion forum, Groups may be a better choice. Groups has more control over access and visibility of content.
There are hundreds of other social software services, many specializing in specific topics.
Social Software - from archive
Isadora tutorials on YouTube
A mashup can also be a media file, such as video or audio, that is a combination of two or more different sources,
such as THIS ONE (Note: political satire). This combinations of different audio and video files to create a new product is also called a remix.
Free sounds, copyright-free, at the Freesound Project
Visual Literacy information
1. Real-time video and audio collaboration and messaging, some include shared whiteboards and presentation tools.
2. Bookmarking. delicious allows you to collect, organize, tag and share your favorite bookmarks. A major advantage is that the bookmarks are not associated with any particular computer, but can be accessed on whatever computer you are using. The aggregate or framework of delicious tags is sometimes called a folksonomy.
3. OpenID is a
http://socialmediaclassroom.com/vircom08/, Social Media Classroom, by Howard Rheingold
http://briandigital.blip.tv/file/920630/, Video of above
Michael Wesch, Digital Ethnography http://www.netvibes.com/wesch#Digital_Ethnography
Social Media U: Take a Class in Social Media http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/social_media_u_take_a_class_in.php
Exploring Educational Technology http://thomcochrane.wordpress.com/
Visual Learning YouTube video
Campus Technology Videos
Link to Wesleyan's Web 2.0 spring 2007 workshop site HERE
Latest Web 2.0 News and Content
OriginalSignal is a "super-aggergator" of many services.
Openculture has some good links to podcasts and educational on-line videos.
Rhodes College Faculty Workshops
MPI104-210 Web 2.0 course
NOTE: Some of the above material has been "remixed" from many existing sources on the web. Credit goes to everyone that contributed.