SPU-EDTC 6536 – Module 2 – Social Bookmarking, Wiki’s, & Edutopia

I felt a lot more comfortable with some of the resources in our module 3 reading and videos. Two of the videos “Social Bookmarking in Plain English” and “Wikis in Plain English” both created by Lee LeFever (2007) were excellent resources in explaining how to use these items, and why. Both Social Bookmarking and Wikis will be very useful in the future not only as organizational tools, but for teaching as well. Social Bookmarking has made it possible to access all the websites I could need, and you can organize and search by using “tags.” If I’m at school, and I need information form a certain website that I cannot remember I can find it on my diigo site, and “users can easily make social connections with other individuals interested in just about any topic.” (Lomas, 2005). The Wiki video helped me figure out the advantages and implementations of our Team Wiki page that my team will be using over the course of this quarter to collaborate on our shared milestones.

Last week I mentioned trying to find websites and technology that would be applicable in the special education environment, and in the Module 3 resources I found out about “edutopia,” which specializes in technology and education with a lot of references for the SE classroom.

I’m still unsure about many of the other resources such as “Google Wave,” which I will try to find more about in the coming weeks. I am also curious as to where and how to approach getting technology for specific disabilities in the classroom. It seems the “DO-IT” website will be a good place to start, but I’m always looking for more.

References:

Lomas, C. (2005, March) 7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking. Educause Learning Initiative. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutSocia/156804

LeFever, L. (2007) “Social Bookmarking in Plain English”

LeFever, L. (2007) “Wikis in Plain English”

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