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Index of Learning 2.0 Module Tools

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This is an archive of Learning 2.0 modules designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Learning & Technology Literacies class.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. Modules were created in Spring 2012, Fall 2012 & Spring 2013.

Blogging & Microblogging

Cloud Storage

Combo Modules

Computer Literacy

  • Email (setting up a Gmail account)

Data Visualization

eBook Management

Educational & Discovery Tools

Online Meeting Tools

Photo Management & Sharing

Presentation & Instruction Tools

Social Bookmarking & Content Curation

Survey Tools

Tablets & Other Devices

YouTube & Video Blogging

Vlogging

What it is

We probably don’t need to do much of an introduction to YouTube.  By now most of you have probably heard of it, watched something on the site, or maybe even uploaded a video of your own.  In case you didn’t know here is a brief timeline of the online giant. Continue Reading →

Blast Off!

Now that you’ve done some exploring around Opening Doors to the Future the and understand how this program will work, it’s time to set up your very own personal blog to begin recording your thoughts, discoveries, and exercises. This post will give you a brief overview of the technology, explain the activities for the week, and provide links to some additional reading for those who would like to know more.

Blogs: An Overview

A blog, or weblog, is a format for publishing content on the web. As the name suggests, blogs are, quite simply, web-based logs of information that have the following features in common:

  • content is organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent entry appearing at the top
  • dates and timestamps indicate when content was published
  • archives are automatically generated by the blog software
  • visitors participate in the conversation by leaving comments to blog entries, or posts

Kindle Fire & Android Devices

What is it?

The Kindle Fire device is an Android driven 7-inch tablet with an Amazon “skin.” What this means for users is that your device will come pre-loaded with all your previous Kindle purchases and allow you instant access to Amazon media products (Amazon Cloud) like music, movies and of course books. While the device is not quite as versatile as the more popular Ipad it is significantly less expensive. Coming in at less than half of the Ipad’s MSRP on the least expensive model, it might provide a cost alternative option for libraries with smaller budgets. Because this device is an Android platform, there are several similarities between the Kindle-Fire and other Android tablets such as the Samsung  Galaxy. In the months following the Kindle-Fire release the popularity of Android tablets has increased. Because the Kindle-Fire and other Android tablets are remarkably similar we will include a brief overview in the learning segments below that are relevant to general Android tablets as well.

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Collaboration Tools

One of the absolute greatest facets of the web world is the ability to collaborate with others, wherever they may be. The amount of collaboration that is possible in the Web 2.0 world is simply astounding. No longer do people have to be in the same place at the same time, travel long distances for face to face meetings, or send documents back and forth by snail mail. Whether you are time zones apart, or right next door, you can collaborate on and share documents, programs, websites, videos, audio, or whatever else, in real-time or on your own time.

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Survey Tools

Online surveys can be used to schedule meetings, solicit feedback, automate signups, keep reading logs, administer and grade tests, and perhaps for some purposes only you can dream up.

This week we’ll be exploring three tools for creating, administering, and reporting the results of online surveys: Doodle, Survey Monkey, and Google Forms.

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Communication Tools

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iPad

What It Is:

Some of you may be very familiar with iPads, how they work and what they can do. Some of you may have received one for Christmas from a well meaning child, with a brief tutorial on how to use it but left basically adrift in the world of this new technology. Some of you may have never downloaded an “app” (short for application) before and don’t know what all the fuss over these Angry Birds is.

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Screencasting

What it is:

Like a screenshot, but with sound and motion, a screencast records what’s happening on your computer desktop, which can then be saved in a variety of formats, and used again and again.  Screencasting software records mouse movements, clicking, toggling between webpages, typing and usually, sound, to create short tutorials on whatever topic you choose.  Some screencasting software will allow you to be the star of your own screencast with the use of a camera, but don’t worry, we won’t be doing that in this exercise!

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