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Anastasia Terrell, Frank Ball, Jason Oxley, James Sheridon Ochoa. Web 2.0 Tools for Learning. Introduction. Social Dynamic Interactive Collaborative Technologically advanced. Web 2.0. STEM EDUCATION National Science Foundation Where Discoveries Begin. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Web 2.0Tools for LearningAnastasia Terrell, Frank Ball, Jason Oxley, James Sheridon OchoaUniversity of PhoenixAET/531Lenora SpicerFebruary 3, 2014

1IntroductionSocialDynamicInteractiveCollaborativeTechnologically advancedWeb 2.0Web 2.0 is the newest generation of Internet content. The first generation of the Internet, which some now refer to as the World Wide Web or Web 1.0, was a static environment where developers placed text, pictures, and links on a webpage. Web 2.0 is a more social, dynamic environment that allows the end-user, customer, or learner to interact with content on the webpage as opposed to simply reading (Rouse, 2011). The benefit to learners is the platforms interactivity. Using various sites or tools such as Prezi, the National Science Foundation, WatchKnowLearn, and Twiducate educators can present information in a way that is engaging and allows learners to socialize and collaborate with others globally. The technologically advanced nature of the Web 2.0 tools necessitates the use of newer browsers such as Internet Explorer 11 and newer development technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and Ajax (Rouse, 2011). Although the learning tools that Web 2.0 accommodates are very useful there are some drawbacks and limitations to this technology; however, the benefits often outweigh these issues, making the Web 2.0 learning tools a viable option for educators.2STEM EDUCATIONNational Science Foundation Where Discoveries BeginMathematics and Science knowledge and skillsNational Science Digital Library (NSDL) http://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/

The STEM education National Science Foundation website is a wonderful resource for mathematics and science based education and careers. 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the US depends upon the mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is content rich in educational resources and technology-based education to meet the needs for students and teachers at all levels K-12 through higher education. Various classroom resources are located on the NSF classroom website, as highlighted via screenshot below.

3Engineering For Kids

Developed exceeding STEM programInspires children 4-14Problem solving iniciativesEngineering for kids is a program promoting advanced mathematics and science problem solving in our youth. Using the NSDL resources and in-house curriculum designers EFK has develop a STEM program that meets and exceeds national standards. Inspiring children ages 4-14 to build solid problem solving skills while encouraging them to discover how things work. Using innovative programs, lesson plans and resources to meet national standards in STEM education.

4Watch Know LearnOnline domain for educators50,000 indexed videosDirectoryFree resource

Providing a world-class online domain which educators can store and rate the best educational videos on the Internet. WatchKnowLearn.org has approximately 50,000 videos already indexed into a directory by educational category. The directory, as shown via screenshot to the right, is located on the website and navigates efficiently. WatchKnowLearn.org is non-profit and available for use for free by educators and home schoolers. 5Twiducate

Image Credit: (Twiducate, n.d.)

6Twiducatehttp://www.twiducate.com/

Provides online learning network for students and teachersNetwork reserved for class membersGives teachers ability to postFeedback HomeworkReadings

Twiducate

Homepage is extremely simple to use. No requirements for credit cards or fees. It gives teachers the ability to embed instructional resources into their class site (Twiducate, n.d.). 8Twiducate

Sign-in page is in a very easy format. Teacher builds class and sets up class code. (*Teacher must input position and school district during registration.)9Twiducate*Simple, free registrationUser-friendly Twitter type formatProvides outside the classroom interactionTeachers and parents can interact Chat room area Link to instructional video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfbn8bfia24*Summary from (Kharbach, n.d.)Instructional video from YouTube private posting. It is gives review of capabilities and some areas that could use improvement.10

https://prezi.com/Image Credit (Prezi Inc., n.d.a)11PreziPrezis can be an effective tool for adult learningThey are dynamicThey are engagingPrezis can be usedIn workshopsTo enhance coursesFor instructor-led or online trainingPrezi is an advanced, browser-based presentation tool the company bills as a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas (Prezi Inc., n.d.b). Prezi allows developers, presenters, and educators to create dynamic presentations that are visually stimulating and engaging. These factors mean that educators can use Prezis in workshops and courses to enhance the learning experience. The browser-based concept means that educators can use them for instructor-led classes or deploy them as an online learning option. Although Prezis can accommodate varying degrees of complexity, how a Prezi works is fairly simple and easy to start.12How a Prezi Works

Click here to start a new PreziPrezi offers a free pricing option that is ideal for students; however, all Prezis that an individual creates are public. Other pricing options include private presentations, online storage, and offline editing features (Prezi Inc., 2014). After creating an account, the user operates from a page titles Your prezis. The user can view every Prezi he or she creates from this page. To create a new Prezi, click on the New Prezi icon as shown.13How a Prezi Works

After clicking New Prezi, the template selection page will open; this could be either a pop-up or a new tab depending upon ones browser version. Here, the user has the option to select a predefined template or to start a Prezi from scratch. If the user is going to use a template, he or she clicks on one that is appealing and clicks Use Template.14How a Prezi Works

Add text to each elementNavigate between your screens using the panes to the leftEditing controls at the top of the page let you add pictures, frames, and change themesControls to the right of the page allow you to share or download an offline versionPlease use this link to view a sample Prezi: http://prezi.com/hzpskniehkw8/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copyThe next page contains the blank Prezi or the template the user selected. As shown, there are a number of editing options the user can choose from. To add text to an element, the user can click on the element, or he or she can zoom into the element by selecting the appropriate navigation pane to the left of the page. One should note that the order of the navigation panes defines the order of animation for the elements; to change the order the user can move the panes up or down. At the top of the editing screen, the user can add frames and arrows, insert pictures or video, and change themes as necessary. In the upper-right hand corner of the screen the user can choose from a number of sharing options, or the user can save an offline version of the Prezi.After saving the Prezi, the user can share the presentation via a link. The next slide contains a graphic element that will show the Prezi in real-time. Because this is a live webpage, it may take a moment to load.

http://prezi.com/hzpskniehkw8/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

This link takes the viewer to a Prezi this learner created in preparation for this assignment. It is a functional control box that acts as a portal to a live webpage. The controls at the bottom of the Prezi allow the user to navigate through the Prezi itself. 15Prezi: User-FriendlinessVery engagingAn intriguing split from the norm

However

Navigation is not self-evidentCan easily become crowdedAnimation can be disconcertingProprietary formatPrezis, when built correctly, can be very engaging. They allow a presenter to focus the learners attention on one portion of the screen at a time. Additionally, because of this focusing aspect, the developer can place large amounts of information on a single page, but only have the learner see the relevant sections. This provides an intriguing split from the norm where multimedia, such as PowerPoint presentations or video force localized attention, and having too much information on the screen distracts and confuses the learners.However, there are numerous issues with Prezis.The finished product is reminiscent of image-mapping, where a end-user clicks on a section of a picture and it leads him or her to another page. But this is not self-evident at first. When a learner opens up a Prezi, because of the richness of the format he or she may think it is a video and be waiting for it to play itself out. The developer must remember to explain when the learner must do to navigate the Prezi. Because of the focusing aspect of Prezi, it can also become crowded with information very easily if a developer tries to stack too much information on a single page. This can become an issue for the learner because the focus points may become disordered, thereby confusing the learner. Another point of potential confusion is the animation. When a learner clicks a certain part of the Prezi, or uses the navigation controls, the Prezi focuses on that point using acceleration. This has the potential to cause disorientation or motion sickness in some people.For the developer, the largest issue with Prezis is that they are created in a proprietary format that is not easily displayed outside of Prezis site. From a multimedia standpoint, this present something of an issue when using Prezis with different audiences. This is also unlike other multimedia formats, such as videos and pictures, that one can embed in presentations and websites. Prezi does provide a download option so that an instructor could launch a Prezi from the desktop; however, the download file size can be very large and is launched via an executable. This limits mobility options.Because of the aforementioned reasons, although Prezi represents an new approach to adult learning, it does have some limitations and potential concerns that a developer or educator should consider prior to using it for educational purposes.

16Real-Time LearningNSF website and programsWatchKnowLearn.orgTwiducatePrezis

The National Science Foundation website and associated programs enhance and promote real-time learning through providing interactive elements to enhance students mathematics and science skills. The resources found on thi site assist in planning activities in classrooms from kindergarten to adult learning to create active learning situations. WatchKnowLearn.org promotes real-time learning through providing educational videos for various topics. Students can use these videos to enhance learning from home, in distant learning situations, or may watch in class as part of an interactive lesson. Twiducate provides a unique educational communication and learning outlet for students through enaging interaction and madern themes. Sheridons Prezis create real-time learning through providing interaction in typical presentations. The Prezi presentations allow instructors to jump from slides interactively, zoom in to highlight important aspects of presentation, and use themes to enhance learning. 17ConclusionDigital enhancementsKnowledge of programsExpansion of resourcesThe aforementioned resources, along with many other resources available in the Technology Research Library, digitally enhance adult learning through providing vast opportunities to engage and be active learners in the education process. Without studying these programs, the knowledge is lost, and the programs loose effectiveness. Educators and students need to put forth effort to exploring these resources in order to enhance real-time and active learning. The expansion of resources is continuing, which means the education of the programs must continue as well.18Kharbach, M. (n.d.). Twiducate; Social Networking in Education. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2011/04/twiducate-social-networking-in.htmlPrezi Inc. (2014). Choose your Prezi license. Retrieved February 21, 2014, from Prezi: http://prezi.com/pricing/Prezi Inc. (n.d.a). Prezi - Be a great Presenter. Retrieved February 21, 2014, from Prezi: https://prezi.com/Prezi Inc. (n.d.b). Ideas Matter. Retrieved February 21, 2014, from Prezi: http://prezi.com/about/Rouse, M. (2011). Web 2.0 (or Web 2). Retrieved February 21, 2014, from TechTarget: http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Web-20-or-Web-2The National Science Foundation. (n.d.). Classroom Resources. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from The National Science Foundation: Where Discoveries Begin: http://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/Twiducate. (n.d.). twiducate. Retrieved February 22, 2014, from twiducate: Social networking for schools: http://www.twiducate.com/WatchLnowLearn.org. (n.d.). About & Vision. Retrieved February 21, 2014, from WatchLnowLearn.org: Free educational videos. Organized: http://www.watchknowlearn.org/About.aspx

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