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  • 1. Welcome to the California League of High Schools/ National High School Association 2009 Annual Conference Monterey, California

2. Making Heads orTails of Web 2.0 for School Administrators Ellen Faden is a former Senior Technical Writer and current Substitute Teacher seeking a District Chinese Dragon Image Courtesy of Newton Public Schools Internship in English at the Middle/High School Newton, Massachusetts level in California. Please call (415) 342-1552 Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 3. Goals To be able to make beneficial suggestions to your staff; To begin considering a new direction in the adoption of state of the art software in your District; and To tame the Web 2.0 dragon! Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 4. Overview What is Web 2.0 from an Administrators Point of View? A collection of software tools, such as Blogs, Wikis, Websites, Document Sharing and Content/Learning Management Systems that enhance student learning and reduce costs in your District; or, a group of programs that foster collaboration and revolutionize the way you do business; Most programs are free; They do not have to be adopted all at once; Recommending the tools or products discussed in this presentation will not leave you in the lurch because they will not become obsolete; And, over the long-run, the offset in costs from adopting Web 2.0 tools will be significant. The scenario is in reducing costs of technology while hiring a technical project manager or consultant who can lead your District in the efficient use of these tools.So, how can your District move towards effectively implementing the promise of Web 2.0?Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 5. Basic Web 2.0 Architecture-- Discuss: if this is your District Server, what programs can usersdownload onto their clients? Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 6. Accessing Web 2.0 Applications Many Web 2.0 applications are freely downloadable from the Internet, unblocked by District servers. Others, such as MySpace, are restricted, based on your Districts Acceptable Use Policy. Web 2.0 client programs are so easy to use that they do not require helpdesk support; instead, they are maintained on the manufacturers server.Because some students and teachers are already familiar with downloading, you may find a variety of them already in use in your District. This is OK because they serve the ultimatepurpose of interaction and collaboration, and cost nothing to maintain.Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation Group 7. The Magic of Web BrowsersWeb Browsers provide links from a computer to Internet web pages. Internet Explorer, the first browser, is still used on most District servers. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are two recent Browsers. Whether your teachers use IE, Firefox, or Chrome is of no consequence. Once again, the resulting access to information is the goal of this tool.Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 8. Web 2.0 ProgramsBrowsers enable you to find the collaborative Web 2.0 programsWebsites that are out there in cyberspace. You might type something likeBlogs teaching websites, or academic wikis into the Google SearchWikis Engine to find some of them. Recommendations are found at Content Management the end of this slideshow.Systems Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 9. California League of High Schools/NationalWeb 2.0 ProgramsHigh School Association Annual Conference - 2009 A classroom teacher may have a Website, Blog, Wiki, or anyWebsites combinationthereof. Some Wiki development Blogs Diaries that programs (and others) present information also provide Blogs, by date demonstrating how the functions of Web 2.0Wikis Encyclopedic toolsoverlap.So, content repositories whether a teacher uses a particular Blog or a Wiki Development Content/Learning Program doesnt reallyManagement Systems matteruntil such time May replace district records, as your District enacts assessments, and more standard usage policies.Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 10. Websites Many staff have already begun to create Websites with Web 2.0 tools. As an Administrator:Familiarize yourself with your Districts Website and those of its individual schools; Suggest Website Development Programstobegindeveloping standards in your District. Suggestions are listed at the end of this presentation.Samples: New York City Los Angeles BerkeleyCollege Park High School, Pleasant Hill, CACopyright 2009 Marin Documentation 11. Website Development Programs To establish a common learning curve for students, you may eventually want to suggest one Website Development Program to your teachers. If some teachers are already using one, have them discuss its pros and cons at a staff meeting or in a Learning Community. Free Website Development Programs can slay computer costs. Adobe Dreamweaver costs $399, while Google Sites is free. We use Dreamweaver primarily with some Flash and Fireworks thrown in. I used a third-party vendor for the drop-down menuI update daily as necessary. I have one Further recommendations are on thestudent helper who was in the web design class last year final slide.and so has the required skills to make edits. He does the flash banner on the front page among other special effects. - High School Webmaster Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 12. Blogs A Blog (a contraction of the words web log) is a dated diary maintained by its owner that focuses on topics of interest to its subscribers. Subscribers may also add comments, images, etc.With a classroom Blog, students read information, add commentary, describeevents,andupload graphics or videos. A teacher usually has either a Website or a Blog.Recommendations are provided at A blog created by Cordle the end. Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 13. Wikis Wikis provide information by topic, like an encyclopedia. Wikipedia, the most famous wiki is not citable, as anyone may contribute at any time.Once a subscriber receives a log- in id to a classroom wiki, they can freely contribute to it. Teachers and student teams can monitor contentforrelevance and accuracy, and edit their classroom wiki over time. Wikis are a great application for subjects such as journalism and history. Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation 14. Wiki Development ProgramsWikispaces (for educators) and Mediawiki are two wonderful programs. It would bedifficult to recommend one over the other! Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation Group 15. Document Sharing Programs Document Sharing Programs are fantastic collaborative toolsforproject-based learning and writing. They enable users to access a document, spreadsheet, or presentation at school or at home, and to update it at any time.One English/History team used Document Sharing to -- Discuss: Lotus Notes story? develop National Geographic- typebrochures about California cities.Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation Group 16. Content/Learning Management Systems LMS or CMSs are the crowning jewel of Web 2.0 programs. Open Source, orpeer-developed software, is created by sophisticated users to meet particularneeds, and to share their programming prowess freely with others. Many OpenSource programs provide equal functionality (if not greater) than veryexpensive ones. For example, Moodle is designed using sound pedagogicalprinciples, to help educators create effective online learning communities. Itcan be downloaded and used on any computer and it can scale from a single-teacher site to a University with 200,000 students. Moodle Website --- and,it is free. The main expense in implementing Open Source Software in your District ispaying the salary of the person who will manage the project. Investing intechnical project management will, over the long run, be more fruitful thaninvesting in expensive, outdated products. Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation Group 17. Resources I. Access the links to all of these sources from Slideshareon individual computers. Website, Blog, and Wiki Development Programs: Content/Learning Management Systems: GoogleMoodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System, (LMS), or a Weebly Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It's a free Open ClassTell Source web application designed to help educators create effective online learning sites. Wix Samples: MediaWiki Wikispaces Document Sharing Programs: Google Docs provides a program suite similar to Microsoft Office. The documents reside on Googles server, making them accessible and sharable by registered users. They can be downloaded to client devices in Microsoft (and other) formats. Users log in to Google and access documents from anywhere: at home, Ms. Faden is a Moodle Consultant in school, or on a trip. Google Docs is highly recommended for teachers and students, because it The first and only strategic solution for connecting K-12 effects collaboration and saves time and lots of paper! communities: (not Open Source) More importantly Google Docs eliminates theSchoolwires (Alameda County) dependency on paying to upgrade Microsoft applications Copyright 2009 Marin Documentation Group 18. Resources II. Google for Educators Technology in Education: Clear and Understandable Applications forFor Teachers: Students, Educators, and Administrators Online Magazines:AVG Personal Antivirus Education Week School Technology Funding: