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A web 2.0 case study

Following on from the ‘How Do You Use You Tube?’ inputs one of my students has just sent me this very good case study about Bath College of Music and its use of Facebook, You Tube and Google Docs for its students – well worth a look.

http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=299885

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I absolutely love You Tube and don’t know what I would do without it. If it goes the way of Delicious (that was going to be my new best friend) then I shall be seriously upset.

Like Paul I use it all the time in my teaching – thanks for your videos by the way, the Clash one brought back lots of memories and the 1920s one was fascinating. I love the fact that You Tube goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again and I thought that Cheryl’s examples really showed the impact of the medium. Both of her examples were so thought-provoking. I also liked Sasha’s point about it being an archive for ephemeral material like adverts.

So what to choose to show you….

Bearing in mind Paul’s point about the health warning aspects of You Tube I thought that I would share a little story with you from a few years ago. I always do a bit about the joys of You Tube to my trainee teachers at the start of each year – encouraging them to go and explore its joys and use it in their teaching. Well a few months after my input one of my trainees,  Jan shared this warning story with us.

She was teaching a lesson to an Adult Literacy group on formal language and wanted a good example of such and decided that the Queen’s Christmas Day Speech would be good. She had looked at some examples at home and went into the class later that week to deliver the session. Realising she had not written down the exact URL for the video she did a quick search and found what she thought was the clip she had looked at. She set it playing  for the students and was busy sorting out handouts at the back of the class when she realised that they were all laughing. This was an ‘edited’ version with added subtitles, not quite the effect that she intended!

Those of a royalist disposition – look away!

I always share this story with my group now – not only check the content – check each version!

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When I watched the introductory video for Library Thing my first thought was that there was so much info on this site how would I find my way round it. On registering I was very pleased to see that they had local book group and reading events info – how did they know where I was though? I put in my work e-mail but that is not specific to Huddersfield – is it through IP address, is Big Brother really watching me? Not that I mind, just curious as to how they do it 🙂

I have added some books I regularly use in teaching but couldn’t remember all author names so only have  a few – was very impressed at the way it found all I searched for – the database behind this must be huge. I can see this being useful as a virtual reading list for my students and as I love buying and reading books would probably use it for personal info. Not sure how I would use in my research – I suspect my topic is mainly to be found in journals rather than books.

A very interesting resource and one to go back to.

The Mendeley site could be very useful to me once I get really into my doctoral research – I like the idea of being able to access all of one author’s papers from their profile rather than having to go and find them through Summon etc – rather like an academic version of looking at someone’s Facebook likes and photos! I suppose it depends like all things who is using it. I have not been able to add many of my library as am doing this from home and have ony limited resources here.

I was not certain what Cite U Like was until I watched the video then it clicked.  On an aside I agree with Sue’s comments about the name – I actually worked for a fast food baked potato company called Spud U Like while a student and it does sound tacky!

I have found the videos very useful for every topic – it is a very good way of explaining things and is something I am exploring in my own teaching. One of the things that I love about WWW2 is the video creation and sharing – when YouTube was first around I thought  it was merely going to be a collection of ‘You’ve Been Framed’  type funnies but there is so much useful work on there and doing 25 Things has made me realise that there is a lot more useful instructional work than I ever realised. I use it a lot for work but not in that way so will definitely explore this – I like the fact that they can be embedded into a blog post as well so you can contextualise the learning.

So to sum up some very useful tools this week – the best one is Delicious – the others will be more so once I can spend some time on them and when I get more into my research – at the moment have little to put into some of them and being pragmatic will spend the most time on the most useful at present.

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