Resources - Social Software
Social Software (or what some people call web 2.0) describes anything where the content of a website is created not by the website owner for others to read, but by the people reading the site themselves. This includes wikis, blogs, video sharing, social networking and many other examples.
Social software has many uses in education, one example is the use of wikis. The link below is to an experiment that Dave Foord conducted concerning the use of Wikis in education, the result of which was the creation of the STOLEN principle - a 'checklist' of things an educator can do to increase the chances of an educational wiki being more successful
The STOLEN principle Tick List
A simple document detailing the STOLEN principle, and with a single page tick list that can be used to help people when setting up an educational wiki.
The STOLEN principle wiki
A wiki has been set up, to allow other people to contribute to and hopefully improve the STOLEN principle. The password that you will need is nelots (the word stolen backwards)
A presentation on the creation on the STOLEN principle
The link below is to a 10 minute presentation on the experiment that was used, that lead to the creation of the STOLEN principle. This takes about 1 mintue to load
The wiki used during the experiment
The use of Flickr as a teaching and learning resource
Another social software website, is called Flickr, which can be used to house images, and from this we can do various things. The link below is an example of one such teaching resource.