Monday, April 6, 2009

Week 13 - Catch Up and Reflect

We're done!

Congratulations to those who have successfully completed each week in this RULA 2.0 Adventure.

For those who have not finished all of the 13 week activity, now is the time to get caught up!




Can't get enough Learning 2.0? Check out some of the concepts and tools listed below.


Mashups!

One of the exciting thing about these new Web 2.0 utilities is the ability to smush them together to make hybrid services.

Many Web Applications offer API's (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow these services the ability to intermingle, providing the user with a more enriched web experience.

Want to create your own Mashups? No programming required! Check out the following:
- Microsoft PopFly - Make services and games through click and drag options
- Yahoo Pipes -
Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
- Google Mashup Editor - (currently in BETA) A little more advanced than Microsoft's and Yahoo's implementation (check out the screen casts)



Web 2.0 Games!

Savvy web users have even turned these web services into little games.

Here is one example (Create a Band!):

1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random...” or click en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the NAME of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations" or click www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the TITLE of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album COVER. (Or do like I did, search Flickr's Creative Commons only for photos OK to alter, choose the third one.)

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together. ( Picnik www.picnik.com is one option)

5 - Post it with this text in the "caption" and TAG the friends you want to join in.




Broader Concepts regarding the use of Web2.0 Technologies:

The various technologies you are learned on this 'Learning 2.0' adventure will change, and that change will happen quickly and frequently. But it is not the services like Blogger, Flickr, del.icio.us or pbWiki that you are really learning.

What you are learning is the greater concepts driving these services:
User Empowerment, Social Networking, Collaboration, etc...

The following videos provide a pretty good assessment of the use of 'Web 2.0' tools within Acadamia and how they can benefit our students.

- Web 2.0 : The Machine is Us/ing Us (YouTube Video)
- A Vision of Students Today (YouTube Video)
- Harvard's 'H2O: Go With the Flow' Collaborative learning Program (Promo Video)

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