The following youtube video was published by eduTeacher in 2009, and technologies are rapidly changing.
I collected the following information and resources focused on blogs, microblogging (twitter), and Podcast/Vodcast from Internet postings, “web 2.0 how-to for educators” book published from iste, and the information provided by educators and professionals from MD/DC/VA area.
Web 2.0 (Web-based tools)
A Blogs is a type of website created and maintained by an individual using online software. Blogs offer the feature of reading published comments or posting your comments in real time and in public. The difference between a blog and an essay (or a composition) is that blogging is writing in public. Essays can be on paper or web, but a blog can only be on the web (blog is short for ‘weblog’).
Benefits: blogs are normally short and are made up with a few
paragraphs. Students can include images, videos, and sound. Blogging motivates students to participate in writing and exchanging ideas.
Blogger (Google): www.blogger.com
Things You should know about blogs
Top 100 technology blogs for teachers
Top 10+ TED Videos On Education & Learning
Top 100 School Administrator Blogs
Twitter is a free microblogging service and is similar to blogging
and text messaging allowing its users to post comments of up to 140 characters (tweets). Users can follow others by reading another person’s tweets as well as offering user control of the audience.
The advantage of twitter is that one can share points of view or contact others quickly. In the classroom, teachers could use twitter as a communication tool to motivate students who are hesitant to write long answers because the students are restricted to short answers. In addition, it helps students practice on thinking carefully about what they want to say and forces them to write clearly.
How to get started:
Go to http://Twitter.com. Join for Free, and create an account.
According to Wikipedia, a” wiki (i/ˈwɪki/ wik-ee) is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used collaboratively by multiple users.”
Wiki allows students research, read, and anlyze what they learned while building the wiki site. Educators, administrators, and professionals can create and use a siki to discus teaching strategies and ideas.
Wiki sites created by educators:
2educate is a collaborative wiki for educators by educators, exploring the use of educational technology.
Educational Wiki sites
Podcasts and Vodcasts
Definition from Wikipedia:
“A podcast (or non-streamed webcast) is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released
episodically and often downloaded through web syndication.”
Inklesstales Podcasts for kids by Elizabeth Williams
Video podcast (sometimes shortened tovodcast) is a term used for the online delivery of video on demand video clip content via Atom or RSS enclosures.
How to create your own Podcast from About.com
Students can create podcasts to demonstrate their understanding and express their opinions. Teachers can use podcats and vodcasts readily available on internet.
Kansas Historical Society
Audio Tour – Blazing Guns & Rugged Heroes
Storynory (podcasts of familiar stories)
Kids podcasts and family podcasts that including stories and
entertainment for families along with parenting advice.
Podcasts you may wish to subscribe to
(Resources from Professor, Beth Poss, JHU- collected in 2009)