Maximizing Technological Opportunities

Approaching the end of a wonderful rendezvous in Web 2.0 universe, I can categorically state that one thing is for sure. The ever prevalent need for change, development and improvement is the only constant thing and in our world and WEB2.0 is that change in the new spheres of Education.

Now files can be sent over thousand of miles in split seconds, teachers across the world can share ideas in live web-casts and webinars, documents can be simultaneously edited by two different people in two different continents. All thanks to WEB2.0, contemporary approach to Education is constantly evolving.

However, much of this major technological advancements are not been utilized as expected seeing that they have brought the teaching and learning process closer to touch and the learning process especially has never been easier and more fun. Most Educational Institutions, especially those in the under-developed and developing countries seem to be lagging in the adoption and utilization of new technological education resources.

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The answer may not be far-fetched from the fact that availability of supporting resources such as a good and effective internet may not be as readily available as it is in developed countries. However, in light of the fact that Education poses as the bedrock/foundation of the socio-economic future of many a national entities, priorities have to be placed on ultimate necessities such as developing scopes, structure and schematics of the Educational Sector and in our present world, the future of Education rests on understanding and application of relevant Web 2.0 tools.

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Firstly, prospective stakeholders have to be introduced to the most effective tools, relevant to their distinctive areas of practice. Resources such as Prezi, Yammer, Blogs & Blogging, Glogster, Google Docs & Drive, Dropbox, etc are major tools which will in no small measure accelerate development and improvement of the Teaching and Learning process.

Next, the involved parties will need to be professionally introduced to each of the selected tools, what they do, the functions they carry out and their ‘Modus-Operandi’.

An important element to note at this point is that the unequivocal importance of these elements to the smooth running and development of the Educational Sector and the Learning processes will have to be fully stressed and expatiated. Reason been that humans may naturally be resistant to change and changing trends. However when light is thrown on the significance of this new element, consensus will be reached, both internal and external and this will go a long way to cement the desire for improvement.

In totality, there is the rising need for Educators and Education leaders to
perform their statutory roles in the most easy, but also most effective means. This cannot be achieved without the implementation of Web 2.0 tools, even as they have become the yardsticks of quality management and assessment in Educational bodies and institutions around the world.

Positive Change must be accepted, for good results to manifest.

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I love the INTERCONNECTEDNESS

Pardon my english…

I’m wondering now if there is any word like ‘Interconnectedness‘?! I had earlier checked the internet and I see WIKIPEDIA defines it as

“part of the terminology of a worldview which sees a oneness in all things”…

However, I have been warned to not trust in whatever WIKIPEDIA has to say but then, this sounds genuine! 🙂

Well that is exactly what I had in mind when I started this blog post. For this week, focus has been placed on utilizing WEB 2.0 tools – (TWITTER and DROBBOX).

I have had my TWITTER account for as long as I can remember but Twitter and I have not been in very good terms until WEB 2.0 Module brokered another marriage. My new acquaintance DROPBOX however seems to be very handy in sharing documents amongst peers, friends, tutors, colleagues and students. I mean, think of the possibilities….

You’re going through the internet and come across a very valid and reliable document, relevant to a topic you had just taught your students earlier in the day. Its 5pm on Friday (Like today) and you will not see your students until next week…what better way to share this vital document than drop box. Packets and Handouts could be shared via dropbox. Feedback and annotated answer sheets or coursework could be distributed via Dropbox even Assignments can be doled out via DROPBOX.

Such a relevant tool to Education.

I came across an article on Bill Gates Diary- thegatesnotes, converted it into a Powerpoint Presentation and ‘dropped’ it in my DROPBOX folder.

1The DROPBOX folder and document I uploaded as seen on  my computer.

As soon as I did that it automatically updated our ‘Web 2.0 Reports & Research’ Folder on the DROPBOX website.

Knowing fully well that this was in tandem with our Goals for Weeks 3-5,  I had to alert the tutors involved. So I decided to share it via Twitter! So I begun the following processes:

1. Click on the ‘Share Link’ button:

22. Choose a Platform (either by mail, facebook or twitter) to share it… I chose Twitter!!!

33. Remember to add the official hash tag for our module #stepweb2

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4. And of course you can tweet it to Beth (@Beth_A_Snowden) and Richard (@geordie_online) like I did here:

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At the ends, it appears on your Twitter Timeline, and Twitter widget on your blog (if you have one!) just like this:

 

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Without a doubt, Twitter and Dropbox and 2 unique WEB 2.0 tools that should be utilised by any and every teacher with a passion for Student Learning.

 

WEB 2.0 ‘UNIVERSE’ (….any last thoughts???)

YES!!!

Just before we finally take a dive into the infinite UNIVERSE of WEB 2.0, I had some reviews, revision and reflections on work so far (basing my premise on Kolb’s reflective cycle). Ever since we started this TITANIC module, I believe we all (at most, all of us 😀 or at least some of us 🙂 or probably ONLY me 😦 ) will have thought about the volume of the module itself.

Personally to me, WEB 2.0 is a WAY OF LIFE, it’s almost like studying ‘Life’ itself, reason not been far-fetched from the fact that we humans spend an approximate 9 hours of our lives EVERYDAY on the web! That is approximately 30 years of one’s life interacting, communicating, sending, processing and receiving information across the internet!!! Now, I believe you understand where I’m coming from, and with this in mind as a major postulation for why the syllabus seems to be massive, I am of the opinion tha WEB 2.0 should not be just another module.

It should not be just a subject. Web 2.0 should be its own PROGRAM, have its own DEPARTMENT and in fact it’s own SCHOOL! If people get to understand the diversity, expansiveness, extent, range, scope, span, coverage, scale and POWER of WEB 2.0; I’m pretty sure this would be a ‘no-debate’ issue. Lives have been made and broken via this medium, countries have changed legislation because of WEB 2.0 activities, major decisions have been made as a result of data gotten from this medium, in short its power eclectic.

oalancus2In the shortest of time, we would begin to see concrete and extensive improvements and inventions in the world of teaching and learning. Hopefully I hope to make the most and best use of knowledge gained here to improve my own domain as well as ‘enhance’ the Education experience in my country – Nigeria. Been a ‘rookie’ Educationist, I am yet to experience fully and formally the incidence of ‘teaching’ even though I have previously taught, but with new knowledge gained here and an innovative drive, new learning should not be far.

I really applaud BETH SNOWDEN and RICHARD NELSON for taking it upon themselves to enlighten us on the mannerisms, rudiments and schematics of WEB 2.0. Personally I do not believe I would love to undertake teaching a module like this… where do I start from?!

Thanks to every other person who registered to undertake this course for keeping me company as I envisaged I may be the ONLY ONE IN CLASS!!! :O

I hope we all enjoy and find it easy as we bask in the remarkably multifarious  atmosphere of the WEB 2.0 UNIVERSE.

WEB 2.0 & the Nigerian Eduucator

When I first heard of the term WEB 2.0, I thought it will be yet another complex grid of theories and analogies all seeking to elucidate ‘to bits’ the ‘simple’ world wide web. This is probably because I had just seen this picture!

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Inventor of the WORLD WIDE WEB and Patron of the Internet – Tim Berner-Lee was once quoted as referring to WEB 2.0 as ‘jargon‘. This was because he had earlier on given the defintion of his own WWW as “‘a collaborative medium, a place where we [could] all meet and read and write“. Unfortunately, the rigid HTML pages and unbending one-way stream of information did not exactly allow us all to ‘meet, read and write‘.

For me, WEB 2.0 is the new way of browsing, surfing and utilizing the Web. Reason not far-fetched from some of it’s overtly SIGNIFICANT QUALITY – allowing ‘back and forth’ flow, interaction and collaboration between open and end users of the web, undermining distance, time and space of each user.

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Web 2.0 siginifies a transition from static HTML pages to more dynamic web-venues that are user friendly, and based on our user web service experience.

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In summary, WEB 2.0 is based on the three basic tenets of sharing and COMMUNICATION which are:

– Sending / Broadcasting

– Processing and

– Receiving

of INFORMATION via the INTERNET.

Blogging and ‘The Nigerian Eduucator@…

When coming for the first class of ‘Evaluating and Developing Professional Resources (ICT & E-learning)’ I thought I will be given a free iPad, seeing that’s a trending subject now in the Education sphere of the Western World…. To say the least I was not happy going home without my iPad!

Registering for my MA Course at the College, the course head asked me to choose between ‘Inclusive Education Practice’ and ‘ICT’…without taking a second breath, I chose ICT, not because I am a sci-fi, internet, gadget and technology freak, but because I would rather bask in the euphoria of a dream future than relax in the memoirs & experieinces of the past…(also because of the aforementioned)! In the present world, even the blind can see a technologically revolutionised future for our planet! Ever since Bill Gates dream of putting a computer on the table tops of every home and Steve Jobs mandate of making computers portable started materializing, ICT began to play a major role in the affairs of man! It first started with basic calculation, shifted to data analysis, next to communication, moved to health, then to economical, then geographical, and now EDUCATION!

As I commented in Richard’s recent post on YAMMER (a name that still amuses me till now)

 the significance of ICT and its unequivocally important implications and applications to contemporary social, economic and even clandestine affairs of humanity cannot be over emphasized.

This is evident in the fact that there is a gradual encroachment of Scientific principles and technological contraptions into the world of education….and this is the main reason why I chose ICT over Inclusive! I was overjoyed at the wonderful class we had last monday and I can’t wait to put some of these WEB 2.0 tools into use.  In the first class we were made to understand the above concepts I have touched on and the fact that the question still arises of  ‘IS IT REALLY IMPORTANT’?

I say IT IS and this is with solid rationale…the world as we see it is becoming smaller based on ICT innovations and the fact that I can talk with my Mum who is 2,555nMs (Nautical Miles) from me with a click of 2 buttons on my mobile phone. If ICT has stepped into matters as sensitive family relationships, I doubt it will meet a ‘brick wall’ in Education and unfortunately even though some try to resist this wind of change, it will still blow! Children as young as 5 are now teaching their Mums and Dads how toturn on their iPads (which I still think Beth and Richard owe me)!  823600-ipad-learningYouths are venturing into diverse affairs on the internet both those ‘e-tivities’ that can be mentioned and those that can’t! So many people slept with $10 in their accounts and woke next morning with financial statuses so BIG; banks weren’t enough to store their excess cash! Mark (Facebook) and Jack (Twitter) will me bear witness.

If ICT is capable of all these, I am pretty sure in the next couple of decades, its existence in the realms of Education will not be a thing of debate, rather of necessity! I hope to utilize all the opportunities presented to me by the WEB 2.0 course as effectively as possible and gain a thing or two that will significantly change the way Education is run in my country!

I once used to blog, but when the money was not coming in as quickly as I wanted and Google Adsense refused to put ads on my blog, I quit and ventured into video production were I am doing quite well with some in-stream of finance (one of my greatest motivations :)! I would like to upload links to some of my videos here but if I did, next time you see me, you may be thrown into a state of  bewilderment and mystification as your mind may not be able to piece together the crazy razz guy you saw on YouTube and the calm nerdy young man in front of you!

As for where I hope to be in a year’s time, I hope to be at the helm of affairs of a reputable school, gradually implementing ICT principles and strategies. CHANGE MAY BE  HARD, I know, but its the only constant thing and in my case – inevitable. I hope to have bagged my MA from Bradford College/Leeds Metropolitan University as well as get one or two ICT certification courses before leaving the shores of the UK. Also, in the nearest future, I hope to be with the iPad given to me by Bradford College as souvenir for undertaking this herculean module…. 🙂

Thanks!

Hi…

Hello Everyone…

I’m Femi a.k.a. The NIGERIAN EDUCATOR 🙂

This is part of my constructive Assessment for ‘WEB 2.0’ module I’m undertaking at the Bradford College, UK for my M.A. Leadership and Management in Education Blog.

Hope I churn out some intelligent, relevant blogs in the nearest future! Actually my tutor insists EVERY WEEK!!!