Social Environments


Social environments on the internet and interactive collaborative software are part of what have been
termed Web 2.0 resources. Below is a range of examples of these types of social resources which
are considered to be current and emerging social software tools.

1. Who are your students writing for? Who is their audience?




Watch this video to understand the potential audience now available through social networking and the internet.


A 1.5 min video from http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=a6fc5fa5e433d4fca865

2. RSS feed and Google reader




Are You Making Your Life Easier By Using RSS? Find out more at http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/2008/03/28/are-you-making-your-life-easier-by-using-rss/


Below is a video of a classroom using Google Reader - this class has a blog at http://back2skool.wordpress.com/


A 3 min video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MgaSi3Hnro


Watch the video below to find out more about RSS feed and Google Reader?


A 3.5 min video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU&feature=user


A video below explaining how to use Google Reader


A 4 min video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltttw5yORv8

Instructions on how to use googlereader can also be found at http://www.ermc.cam.ac.uk/resources/comp/GoogleReader.pdf

Tips, tricks, ideas and help with using RSS feeds to make life easier can be found at http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/2008/03/29/how-i-use-rss-to-make-my-life-easier/

3. Social networks in plain English




Watch the video below to find out more about social networks:


A 2 min video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=6a_KF7TYKVc&feature=user

4. Wikis in plain English




Watch the video below for a basic explanation on blogs:


A 4 min video from http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=51aeb480ecbd988cd8cc

5. Twitter




UNESCO in their News on ICT in Education : 21 April 2008 refer to Twitter - A teaching and learning tool

Twitter is a free social networking service that allows users to send “updates” to the Twitter website. The author of this blog-entry exemplifies that there is great potential in the use of Twitter to support teaching and learning.

Twitter can be found at https://twitter.com/ - I thought we should probably give it a try. I have just joined - see you on twitter if you feel the urge.

What is twitter? - Watch the tutorial below to find out more:


A 2:24 min video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o

Some great tips for beginning twitters can be found at http://murcha.wordpress.com/2008/01/19/one-little-tweey-bird/
CNN News - student uses Twitter - http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/04/25/twitter.buck/index.html

6. Blogs in Plain English




Watch the video below for a basic explanation on blogs:


A 3 min video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI

Tips for blogging can be found at http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/2008/04/27/heres-my-first-five-tips-for-writing-better-blog-posts-what-are-yours/

A Podcast from Al Upton's miniLegends (a teachers perspective) on blogging can be found at
Listen to the MP3 7.2 Mb

7. Social bookmarking




Social Bookmarking is an important area for educators to keep up to date with their areas of interest and is becoming an important skill as we prepare for 21st century learning.


A 3:24 min video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=x66lV7GOcNU
Three samples of social bookmarking sites follow:
http://guest.portaportal.com/gailatschool
http://del.icio.us/gailcase
http://del.icio.us/healyv

8. My GADS




The video below explains how we can share information easily using mobile technology - working learning and communicating from anywhere at anytime.


A 3 min video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=0S-WkhDygTA

9. Google docs




Sharing documents is vital in collaborative work, the video below shows how this can be done simply by anyone and at anytime.


A 3 min video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA

10. Social photo sharing




Online photo sharing, what is it all about? Watch the video below to find out.


A 3 min video from http://youtube.com/watch?v=vPU4awtuTsk

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(A few words from Gail Casey)

Social environments should become part of the pedagogy used in our classrooms as described by Cochrane (2007), enabling a natural and relatively simple approach to creating collaborative learning communities. For educators, the advantages of using social networks include:

  • Moving our classroom beyond content driven learning to dynamic modes of learning
  • Easy to use
  • Involving interactivity
  • Collaboration and sharing are importantly fundamental features
  • Environments can be customized, secure and available 24/7
  • Promoting personal and group publishing.

Wireless mobile devices coupled with the above type of social software tools potentially provide the basis for enhancing teaching and learning in virtually any discipline, providing an environment that stimulates reflection critique, collaboration and user generated content.