Mental Health – Ireland

While using TwitterDeck earlier this week an interesting article cropped up.

The world’s happiest countries have been revealed and drum roll please as

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Ireland

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was in the top ten (despite the weather)!

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Ireland has officially been listed in the top ten happiest countries in the world according to new research released earlier in the year (which focused on 142 different countries).

The Legatum Institute in the UK has unveiled their annual Prosperity Index and Ireland has been listed as the tenth happiest country in the world.

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Web 2.0

What is web 2.0?

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Recently, I have been blogging and updating this blog press but I feel I may have lost track as to what is Web 2.o tools and how are they relevant to education?

Thus I am going to back to basics and going to see which Web 2.0 tools I have been using and how are the beneficial to education!


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Why are we using Web 2.0 in regards to a classroom setting?

Web 2.0 tools allows us to communicate with our students and encourages collaborative learning.

We can share and create new knowledge and information with students.


 

What are Web 2.0 tools I may already know and use without realising?

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Many educators use Web 2.0 tools without realising what they are. You are probably already using many Web 2.0 tools in the classroom already. For example – facebook, youtube, RSS feeds, Yahoo, Twitter, Reddit, Goggle, Skype, Flickr, Wordle, slideshare, etc. etc.

The list is never ending and exhausting! Which is great as an educator that you have so much choice and freedom to choose what suits you, your teaching style and method and your classes.


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One point which I feel must be made in regards to many Web 2.0 tools is that they are free for the majority! Yes you can upgrade for a fee but overall most Web 2.o tools are free and easy to use!

Even looking at the above ‘eco-system of Web 2.0 tools’ you can recognise the top Web 2.o Tools – how do they make their money – Advertisements!  Thus I do recommended if you are using your own laptop in the school – install ad blocker! (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en)


 

What leg does Web 2.0 have in a classroom? Why should we use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom?

This is a question that is constant considering the reports from the recent OCED report and Digital Strategy Scheme in Ireland. However, there has been a huge amount of academic journals published in regards to using Web 2.0 in the classroom!

These articles were picked by myself and fellow MA students in regards to looking at the varying opinions and verdicts of Web 2.0 Tools in Education!

  1. Bennett, Sue and others, Implementing Web 2.0 Technologies in Higher Education: A Collective Case Study, 59 vols (2012) <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=75168473&site=ehost-live>
  2. Boyd, Patricia, ‘Blogging in the Classroom: Using Technologies to Promote Learner-Centered Pedagogies’, Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26 (2013), 85-113 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=94391334&site=ehost-live>
  3. Byrne, Richard, ‘The Effect of Web 2.0 on Teaching and Learning’, Teacher Librarian. Dec. 2009, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p50-53.<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?sid=3b3da761-ddfd-4941-8351-c5130bc51e71%40sessionmgr4005&vid=0&hid=4114&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=47500195&db=a9h>
  4. Capo, Berta Hayes, Orellana, Anymir, ‘Web 2.0 Technologies for Classroom Instruction: High School Teachers’ Perceptions and Adoption Factors’, Quarterly Review of Distance Education. Winter 2011, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p235-253<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=5b9cd87b-71d7-4433-86aa-b24761415072%40sessionmgr4002&vid=0&hid=4114>#
  5. Ebner, Martin, Andreas Holzinger, and Hermann Maurer. “Web 2.0 technology: future interfaces for technology enhanced learning?.” Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, (2007), 559-568. <http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-540-73283-9_62>
  6. Killingsworth, E. ‘Use of technology in Classroom Testing.Nurse Educator,  (2015) Ktsis, Stacy M, “The Facebook Generation: Homework as Social Networking”, The English Journal 98 (2008), 30–36. <http://goo.gl/wXBBjo>
  7. Koh, Caroline, ‘Exploring the use of Web 2.0 Technology to Promote Moral and Psychosocial Development: Can You Tube Work?’, British Journal of Educational Technology,45 (2014), 619-635 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofm&AN=96558443&site=ehost-live>
  8. Kovalik, Cindy and others, ‘Implementing Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom: Four Teachers’ Accounts’, TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 58 (2014), 90-94 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=97503703&site=ehost-live>
  9. Luther, Frances D. and Justin Pickering, ‘Using Web 2.0 Learning Environments to Address Diversity: A Diversity-Education Example’, Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 81 (2015), 28-34 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=101823315&site=ehost-live>
  10. Newland, Barbara and Linda Byles, ‘Changing Academic Teaching with Web 2.0 Technologies’, Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 51 (2014), 315-325 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=95304671&site=ehost-live>

 

21classes

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Just finished a presentation on 21classes this week!

Will post our reaction and overall impression of 21classes!

For those curious what 21classes is and the suspense of an updated post is too much. Please feel free to check out the website: https://www.21classes.com/


Recently we were asked to do a presentation on the web 2.0 technology platform 21classes.com.

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Though over 40,000 users are using 21classes (which a huge percentile being for educational purposes) overall the research from our group and using of 21classes has prompted us to think it may be a good blogging platform but there is better out there.


 

That being said there were positives to 21classes.

  • One of the main reasons why people would use 21classes had to be the privacy settings and spam protection which is ideal.
  • Additionally, another huge benefit of 21classes is that your students do not need an email account to sign up. However, these features only become apparent after you have paid the monthly fee. Though it is a small amount at 8.95 a month per class and 33.98 for unlimited amount to one teacher – it does have huge drawbacks.

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  • From researching active 21classes blogs I noticed that I could access student’s works which was a huge benefit if I was a relative or friend who wanted to see what they are doing in class. Also, it would be a reflective way for students to engage with each other and possibly motivate students as to how much work they need to do.
  • Drawback as students can see each other’s work – which could lead to plagiarism – which would be distressing to students who put a huge amount of work into their work and will lose confidence if they feel their own work will not be private and at the scrutiny of their peers.
  • However, one huge benefit of 21classes for the students is that they can upload and personalise the 21classes page to their own liking. Though this is a great feature – this feature is available on other blogs and is more accessible to do.
  • Following the slides below you can see how difficult was to upload. If you have the time and resources 21classes was good.
  • Though 21classes says they offer a blogging community run and controlled by a teacher students can still change the security settings without the teacher noticing which we thought was a huge drawback.