Sunday, December 14, 2008

Social Networking in the K-12 Classroom

I had the pleasure to hear Judy Campf and Jodi O’Neill from Baltimore County Schools speak at the eSummit Conference at Loyola College. Here is a summary of the session:
What is social networking? Social networking allows you to be part of a community and collaborate by email, chat, blogging, wikis, podcasts, webinars, discussion posts, etc. Social networking sites include: Twitter, WebKins, My Space, Facebooks, UTube, wikispaces, wetpaint, and more.

Web 2.0 vocabulary that is heard around the Internet: aggregator, blog, wiki, social bookmarking, open source, Moblog, online photo galleries, RSS, podcast, - just to name a few.

Web 2.0 sites to explore for educational purposes:
  • Voice Thread
  • Blurb: make your own books online
  • Wikispaces
  • WetPaint: free website wikis
  • Wiktionary: a free dictionary on a wiki
  • WikiSpecies: wiki for all living things - no matter how small
  • Zoho Writer: Collaborate on documents online
  • SchoolTube: videos, audio, images that are dedicated for school use
  • Wiki Junior: The aim of this project is to produce age-appropriate non-fiction books for children from birth to age 12
  • Ajax Write: a web-based word processor that can read and write Microsoft Word and other standard document formats
  • Glypho: read and write stories and novels in a collaborative manner
  • WikiQuote: Collection of famous quotes

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