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Web 2.0 Technologies for Education
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Web 2.0 Technologies for
G. Santhosh Kumar
Dept. Of Computer Science
Cochin UniversityPage 2

What is Internet?
linked to this
Web through
10 Mbps
leased line
connectivityPage 3

Size of the Web?
GYWA = Sorted on Google, Yahoo!, Windows
Live Search (Msn Search) and Ask
YGWA = Sorted on Yahoo!, Google, Windows
Live Search (Msn Search) and Ask
http://www.worldwidewebsize.comPage 4

The Machine is Us/ing Us
? 5

Web 1.0 (the old web!)
What contents were available?
Static web pages (HTML Documents)
Some images (Jpeg, gif files)
Some Presentations (pdf, ppt)
Who were creating contents?
HTML Coders
Graphic Designers
ProgrammersPage 6

Web 1.0 (the old web!) cont..
Also skills needed for
Hosting Web sites
Promotion Mechanisms
Updation of the site
Instructor posts and students download.
No interactive communicationPage 7

Course Management Systems
CUSAT have
installtions on
Blackboard & Moodle
Blackboard­type course websites offer discussion boards,
but have limited access.
No discussion accumulated over the time.
Maintenance and updates can be burdensome
HTML, server access for uploading, etc.Page 8

New classes of online software to simplify
content creation
Allowed people to focus on ideas and creativity
rather than technical knowhow
The ReadWrite Web
Web 2.0Page 9

What is Web 2.0?
Phrase was first coined in 2004.
Referred to a significant change in the way of
using the Web.
Not a technical upgrade of the Web
Indicated by a collection of 2
generation web
Blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, podcasts,
vlogging,RSS, Mashups¦Page 10

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Web 1.0 Vs Web 2.0
Web 1.0 was about owning,
Web 2.0 is about sharing
Web 1.0 was about reading,
Web 2.0 is about writing
Web 1.0 was about portals,
Web 2.0 is about RSS
Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is about
Web 1.0 was about Netscape,
Web 2.0 is about Google
Web 1.0 was about HTML,
Web 2.0 is about XML
Web 1.0 was about home pages, Web 2.0 is about blogs
Web 1.0 was about wires,
Web 2.0 is about wireless
Web 1.0 was about dialup,
Web 2.0 is about
Web 1.0 was about hardware,
Web 2.0 is about bandwidth
¦Page 12

usually maintained by an individual with regular
entries of commentary, descriptions of events,
or other material such as graphics or video
art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches
(sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog),
audio (podcasting)
Example: http://iam­ 13

Blogs in Education
Education blogs are becoming a means for
educators, students, and education
administrators to interact more effectively than
ever before
There are over 30,000 blogs hosted at alone
Top 100 edublog sites
Page 14

Encouraging Educators to Blog
Why I Blog?
is a place where I think, plan and reflect
forces me to read in order to gather the input I need
for my output
is a place where I play with technology and ideas
often surprises me
is a place where I collaborate
is currently the most satisfying part of my job
is slightly dangerous
is compulsivePage 15

Be a Teacher and a Reacher
? 16

Stay current via RSS feeds
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) also,
Rich Site Summary (RSS)
It is a format for delivering regularly changing
web content
Many newsrelated sites, weblogs and other
online publishers syndicate their content as an
RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software
allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various
sites and display them for you to read and use.Page 17

RSS Readers
Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac)
FeedReader (Windows)
NewsGator (Windows ­ integrates with Outlook)
My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader are
Webbased RSS readers
There are Mobile RSS readers alsoPage 18

RSS and Education
Academia has embraced RSS as a means to
Share Resources
Class Blogs
School Schedule Sports Schedule
Podcast Lectures
Search Feeds
Grants & Scholarships
School News etc.. 19


Imagine a world in which every
single person on the planet is
given free access to the sum of
all human knowledge.
” Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia
Founder of Wikipedia
cofounder Larry SangerPage 20

Wiki cont..
Welcome to Wikipedia, the free
encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
2,681,334 articles in
English Arts Biography Geography
History Mathematics Science Society
Wikipedia operates with just 23 people.
Wikipedia has raised $6.2 million as donations
within six monthsPage 21

Wiki News from India­ 3 Jan 09
The knowledge foundation at Chennai has mooted
attempts to start the India chapter of the Wikimedia
At a more fundamental level, we are also thinking
of tying up with schools to use the literature
available in Wikipedia for classroom education,
Mr.Kiruba (founder of Knowledge foundation).
As many schools do not have full fledged computer or
internet access, we may offer them CD versions of
regional language Wikipedia. That will also potentially
create more regional language wikipedians (
contributors of
articles to the online encyclopedia
) in the futurePage 22

Youtube “ Broadcast yourselfPage 23

Youtube 4 Education
A picture is worth of 1000 words, a video is
worth even more¦
Embedding YouTube videos in your site can be
as easy as several clicks
A simple instructional video or stepbystep
guide, available to students on a short video
clip has potential to keep them on track and
motivated to learn more.
They are engaging in learning with a multimedia
format that they are comfortable and familiar
withPage 24

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Democratization of Content
? edublogging tool
? photo blogging community
? education podcast network
? make your own video blog
? 100 m videos downloaded daily
Common thread:
Online communities where people
are actively encouraged to use
and share each otherâ„¢s original contentPage 26

Social Networks
Websites that focus on community
Encourage interaction, discussion, debate
Public member profiles
Usergenerated content
Often target specific audiencesPage 27

Some Social NetworksPage 28

Social Networks in Education
? Maths site
? Career building sitePage 29

Social bookmarking
Social bookmarking is a method for Internet
users to store, organize, search, and manage
bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with
the help of metadata.
The tastier book marks on the web,
all your stuff in one place
Bookmarks will organize by themselves
Dish out your bookmarks to your friendsPage 30

a mashup is a web application that combines
data from more than one source into a single
integrated tool.
The term Mashup implies easy, fast integration,
frequently done by access to open APIs and
data sources to produce results data owners
had no idea could be produced
Works in any Operating System!Page 31

Who Provides APIs?
Google Maps
MicrosoftPage 32

Flickrvision (
Youmashtube ( 33

Education is a lifelong process
Education beyond graduate school often relies
on self learning
Limited scope and timeconstraint
Web 2.0 brings mechanicians of common
interests together and serves as a platform for
discussions and interactions.
“ No institutional boundaries
“ Evolving all the time
“ Real time updatesPage 34

Web 2.0 is Building an online life­long learning
environment without boundary.
Not limited within a specific
Anyone can participate, as either an
instructor or a student, or both
Harnessing communitywide wisdomPage 35

Education Tommorrow
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