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Copy and paste the link below into your address bar for a peek at me on a trapeze…its basic n only goes for a few seconds but the point is I have a link to a video on  my blog page here!!


Ok, so I posted this film clip on my blog at home and it works perfectly there! But for some reason I cant seem to view it here on the uni computers….?!?! Im not sure whats happening there but I got the clip from so you can see it there if you want! Just search: smooth, rob thomas




Ok so I joined Facebook today… I have no idea what im doing in this Web 2 world! Its going to take me some time to figure out how to work all this stuff!!

However…I do like that with Facebook that you can create groups that are separate from each other! This will be an awesome tool for the classroom! It means that a class can create a group where they can share information and participate on a level that would extend the normal classroom setting! It has the following strenghts in this area:

  • You can keep unwanted people/bloggers out if you want to
  • The information is secure – it can only be accessed by members in that group
  • Students can access this information anywhere, anytime!
  • Students who struggle with social interaction within a classroom have the opportunity to have their say or express an opinion/idea.
  • Students can share their information in the spirit of collaborative learning

ED2033 Networked Learning Lecture 2.

  1. Review of Lecture 1.
    1. Go to the Wiki

                        Review the overview of Web 2.0 provided. Copy to your own blog.

  1. Under all the software symbols in this Wiki you will find details about pbwiki and how to find it and use it. Copy this to your blog as well.

    1. You will be allocated to a group to create and work on a wiki together.

These will not be friendship groups rather random groups chosen by the lecturer.

    1. The Wiki will be gradually given more and more structure on which you are to build your understanding and knowledge of Web 2.0

    1. To begin with the following issues are to be explored by your team

i)                    Qualities of a good virtual team

ii)                   Team rules for working on our wiki

iii)                 How do we ensure deep learning occurs

iv)                 The effective use of multiple medias on the wiki


v)                  Review of the work of writers

a.       Marc Prensky

b.      George Siemens

c.       Diana Oblinger

d.      Dana Boyd


vi)                 Flickr

a. An analysis of how it works, why it is Web 2.0 and how it can be used collaboratively.

b. A comparison of Flickr with Photobucket will also provide further insights into the nature of Web 2.0

Hyperlinks, Video clips, podcasts and other multiple media is expected to slowly become present in your group wiki. We do not have a wiki on your own. It is meant for collaborative development of knowledge with others.

                                                            A.J. Coman



Group Project Web 2.0

Working together using this wiki

Think of this wiki as a shared online whiteboard. Our entire group can share information using this wiki, making your research accessible to everyone. Notice how you can add comments to a page, see what people have changed, and edit all the text. There is a group responsibility to ensure that the quality of our Web 2.0 Project is up there with the best knowledge available.

Group members

  • Allan
  • Kathryn

Overview of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is essentially an increasing range of software that supports a variety of technologies for open and collaborative communication, learning and creativity.

It consits of

1. A Platform

  • This is browser based – e.g. Internet Explorer or Firefox. (Firefox is preferred because it is free and open software in a constant state of development (Web 2.0), whereas Explorer is owned and comes out in a fixed form and then has updates and upgrades on an irregular basis (Web 1.0))
  • It operates on open and collaborative principles
  • Communications are the key applications

2. Social Networking

  • Personalised and open collaborative knowledge spaces
  • Access people as well as knowledge
  • Copyright issues exist and have to be dealt with and replaced with a Creative Commons culture
  • This is beyond the normal formalities of the classroom and can take place anywhere at any time

3. Read/Write Web

  • People are consurmers of content and services
  • People and publishers of content and services
  • Such people are called Produsers

4. What makes Web 2.0

  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Social Tagging – bookmarking, Tag Clouds
  • Sharing sites
  • Podcasts
  • Mashups
  • Aggregators
  • Ubiquitous connectivityAnd Kathryn added all these others.    

 How to Develop a pbwiki and general thoughts

PB Wiki

·                                 A wiki is an easy-to-use web page that multiple people can edit. It’s like a shared whiteboard online. Don’t worry about getting IT support or installing any software. We handle all of that. You just start typing and get an online classroom in about 5 minutes.

·                                 Why use PBwiki? No HTML experience required. Create a syllabus, share it with your students, and let them write collaborative essays online. Create online Powerpoint-like presentations right from your wiki.

·                                 Who else is using PBwiki?We host over 135,000 wikis and thousands of others have used PBwikis for their classrooms, from elementary schools to Stanford and Harvard.

o                                               is Mr. Lindsay’s beautiful classroom wiki, where he demos his students’ work with book reviews, poems, stories, and tons of other resources. It’s a wiki run “by the students, for the students.”

o                                               is another excellent educational wiki. You’ll note the project proposals, class notes, and different sections for different classes.

o                                               is the Penn State English 15 course, which is required for all freshman English students at Penn State.

PBwiki can help you engage with your audience PBwiki provides educators an easy way to post class room material online and gives students the ability to collaborate through the internet. Check out our video on how PBwiki is helping educators educate.Can’t access YouTube? Check out our video through TeacherTube’s site here: PBwiki helping educators educate.

Also, be sure to check out the rest of our videos and see what educators are saying about us. See the rest of our PBwiki Educator Videos.

Background Paper references and details on how to set up the Wiki are available on

A tutorial instruction page ins available in pbWiki

Our Web 2.0 Wiki is up and running at



THE WEB 1.0 and the NEW 2.0

WEB 1.0 is getting information from the web.

WEB 2.0 is constructing knowledge collaboratively on the web.

Putting the ‘We’ in Web” “…the Living Web.”                                                         

Newsweek, 04/03/2006

WEB 2.0 is essentially an increasing range of softare that supports a variety of technologies for open and collaborative communication, learning and creativity.

WEB 2.0 requires:
1. A Platform

2. Social Networking                                                                                                                     

3. Read/Write Web                                                                                                                      

4. Social Software                                                                                                                         

5. Gathering & Sorting


1. Andy Budd revolutionalised WEB 2.0

2. Scientists from Rand Corporation in the 1950’s had a computer 8ft high and 5ft wide…in 2004 it had been condensed to the size of a home computer.


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I signed up to Flickr today and to be honest, it was just way too user friendly! I had no problems figuring anything out and at no point was I wondering what I needed to do next.
Now I just need to figure out what I’m going to do with my account!

It is clear how much this web tool would be useful in the classroom! While on my prac, I wrote my Forward Planning Program on the dramatic form Clowning/Circus. As an ICT lesson for that program, I had the students research images of clowns and how they have changed over history. Flickr would complement this lesson perfectly! The students could post their pictures online and I would have the means to assess their understanding of the task by viewing their findings. Perfect!

I probably wouldn’t use Flickr for personal recreation but it is definately a great classroom resource!!!!