The Horizon Report 2010 stated that “A new educational perspective, focused on collective knowledge and the sharing and reuse of learning and scholarly content, has been gaining ground across the globe for nearly a decade. Open content has now come to the point that it is rapidly driving change in both the materials we use and the process of education. At its core, the notion of open content is to take advantage of the Internet as a global dissemination platform for collective knowledge and wisdom, and to design learning experiences that maximize the use of it.“ (p. 13) Related to this it is required to bring this innovation potential into practice. This is best explored and analysed by using the tools under real educational conditions.

This Wiki provides a platform for a community of practice for this exploration. It gives an overview of available web tools and services assigned to different topics. For every topic application scenarios for teaching and learning are given. Teacher educators and teacher trainers, teachers in service and teacher students report about their experiences using social web for learning and teaching. Additional opportunities, limitations and challenges of social software and web2.0 for their effective educational use are discussed.

What is Social Web?

The term Social Web means web-based applications for social interaction in the Internet.

Web2.0 refers to the virtual Version number of the worldwide web and indicates important changes since the WWW's first big wave that also known as the Web1.0 or the Dot COM bubble.

Social Software enfolds software for communication and collaboration of people.

Social Media stands for digital media and technologies for social interaction, communication, and creation and exchange of user-generated content.

All these terms are often used synonymously.

What are the characteristic of Social Web?

The following labels describe the Social Web best:
  • Communication,
  • Networking and community building,
  • Interaction,
  • Participation,
  • Openness,
  • Collaboration,
  • Organisation of information, and
  • Knowledge management.

What services are representative for Web2.0?

  1. Social Bookmarking tools
  2. Collaborative Idea Development tools
  3. Blogging tools (incl. Microblogging)
  4. Collaborative Writing tools (incl. Wiki)
  5. File Sharing tools and services
  6. Social Networking services
  7. Collaborative Research and Knowledge Management tools and services
  8. Collaborative Analyses tools

Social Web tools and services

10 Social Media tools for learning

from the elearning coach
  1. Audacity (free downloadable software for creating podcasts)
  2. Dimdim (interactive webinars and live presetnations)
  3. Edublogs Campus (blog service)
  4. Elgg (social networking engine and publishing platform)
  5. Google Collaboration Tools (collaborative resouses and tools)
  6. Mindmeister (tool for creating mind maps collaboratively)
  7. TalkShoe (free web-based service to create, join or listen to live interactive presentations)
  8. VoiceThread (multimedia presentation tool)
  9. Wikispaces (wiki service)
  10. Yammer (microblogging service)

Each tool fulfills one of the following criteria (alphabetical listing)
  • encourages collaboration;
  • enables user-generated content or input;
  • provides a way to share;
  • and facilitates informal or formal learning.

What are the opportunities, limitations and challenges in using Social Software and Web2.0 for learning and teaching?

  • Solutions must meet the educational needs.
  • Plan your time and prepare your resources carefully.
  • Prepare for maintenance.
  • Train the services to your learners before they use them (authoring, netiquette).
  • Support and guidance are important (tutor, moderator, editor).
  • Train relevant skills and competences.
  • Use media and communication channels of your target group.
  • Identify and apply new opportunities and work simplifications of educational processes.



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