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Social Media is redefining how we relate to each other as humans and how we as humans relate to the organizations that serve us. While it is commonly represented by blogs, podcasts, vlogs, wikis, user generated content and social networks, it is not about those specific things as much as it is about what happens around and because of those things. It is all about the...

  • Context: The context of what we are trying to accomplish and why we are passionate about it is the starting point for our conversations and the basis of everything else.
  • Communications: Communications in its traditional and emerging forms, references how we come to understand and connect with each other.

  • Collaboration: Collaboration is about how we work together for our common and individual interests within the various contexts in which we invest our attention.

Linked below are a series of pages, articles, and resources which show the use of wiki and other web 2.0 technologies in action in the sixth grade Humanities class. Listed here is a bibliography  for wiki construction and thinking.

Wiki Construction:

This section is the start up page to the student groups to know how and where to build their information. victor sandbox They will also be able to look at this checklist page to help them in the discovery phases. The research process works particularly well using a Wiki.Ziggurat One of nice points, for students and teachers both, is being able to track and keep a record of the various saved versions one has. Here is a sample of a group of students discussing how to find sources and supporting each other on the wiki.

Podcasting:

Podcasting was in the mix as well. Here is a student description of the podcast project.  "Have you ever dreamed of being a singer or writing your own song? In Humanities class we are studying the Egyptians, their culture, and way of life. Since we are nearing the end of our studies we have a big project we are working on. It is called Egyptian Lyrics. What we are doing is changing the lyrics of a song into information from the Egyptians. Here is an example of how I changed the lyrics to my song. The real song went like this, “Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable.” I changed it like this, “I’m a slave pulling weeds and pulling wagons.” Right there I was describing what a slave did. First, we had to pick a song we liked. It could be because you like to listen to it or because you like the melody or for some other reason. After that we copied it on a sheet of paper with staffs on it. Then we had to separate it according to the breaths and pauses the singer took. The next step was to put dots under the words for each syllable in the words of the song. Mrs. Fincher, our teacher, said we could only change 30 seconds from the song. So, while she timed us for 30 seconds with a stopwatch we sang our song to ourselves and stopped singing the song when the 30 seconds were over. Even though is seems a little easy just to change 30 seconds of a song, believe me, it is not. The reason we put dots under each word is because the words we put in have to have the same syllables. We also had to put words that make sense and put some lines of information about the Egyptians. Something that really helped us to write the song was if we wrote the song according to someone else’s point of view, for example, from a pharaoh, a scribe, or a slave’s point of view. When our songs are done we have to sing them on a program called “audacity” and post it on the Wiki web site. Even though this project might be tough, it is also fun because it seems as if you are a real singer making your own song!" Here is a link to the wiki section of the project ,jose podcast project and a podcast A Dream Of A Slave  song sample.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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