Showing posts with label User Generated Content. Show all posts
Showing posts with label User Generated Content. Show all posts

Thursday, May 7, 2009

CNN iReport - Are Your Schools All They Could Be?

iReport, CNN's video depot for citizen journalists, is looking for opinions about public schools. The iReport assignment reads "The Obama administration has pledged to reform the country’s school system and we want to know where you think they need to focus their attention. Are your schools all they should be? Show us what needs work."


Applications for Education
Creating a video response to the iReport class project could be a good way to get students to think about what they would do to improve schools. Some iReport videos are selected for use on CNN News. Knowing that a high quality video could be used by CNN may motivate students to put forth their best, thoughtful efforts.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Second Brain - Organize Your Online Content

Second Brain is a service designed to gather and organize all of your online content in one place. If you're like me you probably have content that you've created stored in a bunch of accounts on various services. For example, I have bookmarks in three different services, photos on Flickr, photos in my Facebook account, a Twitter account, a FriendFeed account, a Tumblr blog, hundreds of documents in my Google Docs account, presentations on Slide Share, and I have more than 1000 entries on this blog. Second Brain allows me import content from all of those services into one place where I can then sort and search by tags or key words within my content. Not only can I search my own content, I can search the content shared by other Second Brain users.

Second Brain is more than just a place to store and share content from a variety of web services, it is also a place where you can create new content. From within my Second Brain account I can post new content to Twitter as well as FriendFeed. Second Brain allows you to add new bookmarks through a Firefox bookmarklet. Overall, Second Brain makes a great homepage because you can access all of the content you've created on the web while also posting updates to your favorite social networking service.

The list of services that you can import content from into your Second Brain account is very long. Some of the services popular with teachers that can be imported into Second Brain are Diigo, Delicious, Google Reader, Blogger, Flickr, and Twitter.

Applications for Education
Second Brain could be a good tool for students to use to create a digital portfolio of content that they create for your class. Students could also use Second Brain to create a digital portfolio of content they've created across many courses.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Wikimapia - Wikipedia on a Map

Wikimapia is a simple concept and no doubt one that has been used on a variety of mapping programs. The idea is to use Google Maps and add information about all types of locations on the map. Wikimapia wants to "describe the whole world." They're not there yet, but you and your students can help.

Applications for Education
Wikimapia can be used as an information resource. Wikimapia is probably a more powerful learning tool if you have students generate content to place on the map. If you don't want your students contributing to a global map (or your district has policies against contributing to UGC sites) you can still use the same concept with your classes. Have students create their own version of Wikimapia by starting with a blank Google Map and adding information inside placemarks they put on a map.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Palabea - Social Networking Meets Foreign Language Virtual Classroom

Palabea is a website for learning a foreign language through a variety of methods and media. Palabea is a free service that users can create a profile on in order to meet native speakers of the language they're trying to learn. Users essentially become peer teachers of the language through audio or video conferencing. Palabea also hosts language classrooms where users can find instruction, take quizzes, or practice different elements of learning a language. Palabea users can also find videos and podcasts designed to help student learn a foreign language.

Applications for Education
Much of the content on Palabea is user generated and therefore may contain commonly used slang rather than formal language. A good use of Palabea could be to use it as method of exposing high school students (terms of use require 14 or older) to conversational language that they might experience when meeting a native speaker.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Build Your Own Video Sharing Website

Start Your Tube is a web service through which users can create their own version of Youtube. Using Start Your Tube users can create a website on which they can host and share videos with others and have visitors upload videos to share with the world. Each user of Start Your Tube can create a customized url to use to point the world toward their video collection. Start Your Tube could be a great way for niche communities to share videos with each other. The homepage of the website users create is customizable allowing users to add images, logos, and customized color schemes.

Applications for Education
Creating a Start Your Tube website for a class could be a fun way for students and teachers to build a collection of videos relevant to a particular class. Teachers building a video website with Start Your Tube can avoid having students use other commercial video sharing websites where they might access questionable or irrelevant content. Teachers starting a video website can control who uploads videos to the website and restrict commenting.

Children's Literature Reviews Written by Children

When it comes to children's and young adult literature no one knows what they like and dislike better than the children and young adults themselves. Today's students are creating content on the web with amazing frequency and ease. Scholastic has a great service for teachers and students can use, for free, to create book reviews online. Scholastic provides a simple form on which students can write and submit their book reviews. Students do not have to create an account to use the book review service.

Applications for Education
The Scholastic Book Review and Review Sharing service is very easy for students to use and for teachers to incorporate into the classroom. The advantage of using the Scholastic service over a creating a wiki for the class is that the Scholastic service saves teachers time. The Scholastic service does not require users to create an account prior to writing a review. In fact, the only information they ever ask for is the student's first name, grade, and state.