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Online Educa 2007 Workshop 7

28 November, 2007




Learning with Social Software and Web 2.0



Sarah Guth


University of Padua, Italy




Susanna Sancassani


Politecnico di Milano, Italy









The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the numerous Web 2.0 tools freely available online, often using remote servers, to show how they have been and are being used in various academic settings. Participants will also have the opportunity to consider and discuss how the tools can be exploited in various educational contexts.




Participants will have a general understanding of the different types of tools available online for creating and sharing content in social contexts and those for managing Web content as well. Participants will leave the workshop with concrete ideas about how they can adopt Web 2.0 tools and social software in their own contexts to enhance their students’ learning.




This is a paper-free workshop (except for this handout) as we have decided to exploit Web 2.0 to provide you with resources you can access following the workshop. Online resources:


Web 2.0 workshops wiki: OnlineEducaBerlin


WorkshopOE on del.icio.us: http://del.icio.us/lamericaana/WorkshopOE



Learning and Working 2.0: tools and examples



This table provides examples of how Web 2.0 can be used in the classroom. It is in no way exhaustive and participants are asked to edit this table as they find new ways to exploit social software and Web 2.0 in educational settings.



Main Activity


Didactic Model




Sharing Media


access existing media for lessons, class discussions, class projects


Blogs, wikis, Flickr, YouTube, Podcasts


teacher creates materials for students


Podcasts, video material


students create and share media


Flickr, YouTube, Podcasts


Building Contents


students collaboratively create contents for project-based work


wiki, C-map, google doc


also refer to podcasts and video


Managing Sources


students learn to manage the information overload on Web 2.0 by building knowledge that fits their specific needs


RSS feeds / Netvibes / Google functions for updates on blogs and websites


i-Tunes or Juice to download podcasts


social bookmarking to save the resources they find


students create a distributed research network for group project-based work by creating networks on social bookmarking sites


social bookmarking


social annotation


teacher uses tools to keep an eye on what students are doing


social bookmarking


RSS feeds




1 to many asynchr.


students express their thoughts, ideas and opinions / complete tasks


personal blogs


many to many asynchr.


students complete tasks and share ideas


course blogs



1 to 1 (or more) synchr.


telecollaboration projects / exchanges


Skype / IM


1 to many synchr.


teachers reviews projects or exercises




many-to-many synchr.


students organize seminars for presenting the results of group researches


Second Life


N.B. Tools and ‘activities’ can (and often should) be integrated.






Group activity: BUILDING A WEB 2.0 TASK




Groups: 3-5 attendants  (feel free to make groups as you like!)



Step 1 (10 mins.): Establish the general context for your mock task using the flash cards, choosing one card from each group.



Step 2 (20 mins.): Brainstorm ideas for the task. You may want to consider, for example,


-        How will students interact with the tools / each other / the teacher?


-        What are students going to do?


-        What will the role of the teacher be?


-        What are the technical requirements? (e.g. broadband, installing software, technicians, other equipment such as microphones, i-pod, etc.)


-        What are the proposed learning outcomes?



Step 3 (15 mins.): Build the task. With the poster and materials you have been given, build the task on the poster and prepare to present it to the rest of the group. In the poster, the group should point out:


·        the main steps of the task,


·        who does what and when (students and teachers),


·        Web 2.0 tools useful in each step,


·        Expected output from the students at each step.



Step 4 (45 mins.): Group presentations and discussion.



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