Friday, February 26, 2010

Edutopia wants To help you make the most of the latest technologies and innovative ways to use them as we settle into the 2009–10 school year, so we’ve put together this brand-new resource for you containing ten of the best tips and resources on how to bring new media into the classroom.

Full of succinct and practical ways to prepare our students for 21st-century success, this guide will educate and inspire
you to embrace the new-media frontier and embark on a new learning adventure. From “Breaking the Digital Ice” to
“Working Better, together” each tip provides succinct and practical ways to turn your classroom into an environment
for learning with new media. And each tip includes a wealth of Web sites and additional resources to help you deliver
the relevant and meaningful education all students deserve.

The Evolution of Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 to Web 3.0

Web 1.0 (1991-2003) is a retronym which refers to the state of the World Wide Web, and any website design style used before the advent of the Web 2.0 phenomenon. Web 1.0 began with the release of the WWW to the public in 1991, and is the general term that has been created to describe the Web before the "bursting of the Dot-com bubble" in 2001, which is seen by many as a turning point for the internet.

The term "Web 2.0" (2004–present) is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies. A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with other users or to change website content, in contrast to non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them.

According to Wikipedia, Web 3.0 is a phrase coined by John Markoff of the New York Times in 2006, which refers to a supposed third generation of Internet-based services that collectively comprise what might be called 'the intelligent Web'—such as those using semantic web, microformats, natural language search, data-mining, machine learning, recommendation agents, and artificial intelligence technologies—which emphasize machine-facilitated understanding of information in order to provide a more productive and intuitive user experience. Nova Spivack defines Web 3.0 as the third decade of the Web (2010–2020) during which he suggests several major complementary technology trends will reach new levels of maturity simultaneously.

60 Web 2.0 tools in 60 minutes

Welcome to 60 in 60! This site is a presentation created by Brandon Lutz and will be presented at the The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) . Brandon will be presenting 60 web 2.0 tools in 60 minutes, with a lot of extra sites. Brandon has a love for free web 2.0 sites that can be used with students to enhance teacher classrooms. The 60 tools will change from time to time as new ones emerge, so make sure to follow us via RSS.

Need some ideas, check out the wiki at

How To Podcast Tutorial (Mac Users of Garage Band)

Our SDAWP fellow Rob Meza-Ehlert is gracious enough to share his resources for podcasting at our site below:

Our SDAWP fellow Pam Long was gracious enough to share her link to podcasting tutorial by Scott Bourne, a well-known podcaster from MacWorld. Please see the link below:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Book Trailers

Book Trailers are similar to a movie trailer, in that they are designed to build interest in an upcoming or current novel and to encourage people to buy the book that they are based on.

The main difference is that a movie trailer already has visual images to work with - clips from the film. With a book trailer, the maker (either the author themselves or a professional videographer) has to convert the written words into visual images. The trick is to convey a sense of what the book is about without giving anything away - and without really clearly defining what the characters look like, as most readers prefer to visualize what they are reading about as they imagine it themselves.

Most book trailers run from one to three minutes. They can be anything from the author reading a passage from the book, to an elaborate mini-movie.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Youth Voices is a meeting place where students and their teachers share, distribute, and discuss their inquiries and digital work online. It's a space where teachers nurture student-to-student conversations, collaborations, and civic actions that result from publishing and commenting on each others texts, images, audio and video.

Youth Voices Podcasts:

Youth Voices Videos & VoiceThreads:

Youth Voices Collaborative Curriculum:

Citizen Journalism

Clay Shirky, a prescient voice on the Internet’s effects, argues that emerging technologies enabling loose collaboration will change the way our society works.

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.