Archdiocese of Philadelphia at Gwynedd Mercy College

Web 2.0 Tools for Education

What do you get with a Google account?
Google for Educators Guide
Google Docs & Spreadsheets is an easy-to-use, online word processor and spreadsheet editor that enables you to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets. If you know how to use any word processor or spreadsheet program, you can easily use Google Docs & Spreadsheets. You can even import your existing documents and spreadsheets.
Google Calendar - share, edit and publish
Why would you use Google in school?
Students can use Google Docs & Spreadsheets to:
Work on files anywhere, anytime.
Features allow you to provide and receive feedback from multiple people.
Documents, spreadsheets and presentations may be worked on simultaneously by several editors
Calendars - share, embed, publish

Customized Google searches
Google Librarian
Tips and Tricks
Princeton University Reference Guide
Beyond Google searches - Noodle tools

What is Copyright and Fair Use as they apply to education?
Center for Social Media at American University along with the Media Lab at Temple University has done a great deal of work recently trying to document a code of best practices for educators using media literacy. This guide includes five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials.
In theory, the concept of copyright is simple; people who create “intellectual property” can own, control, and be paid for their efforts. In reality, copyright is a complex and fluid issue that can seem beyond the grasp of those outside the legal profession. Two common misconceptions among students (and teachers) are (1) online resources that don’t display a copyright symbol are not protected by copyright (2) any copyrighted resource may be used for any purpose provided the work is cited. Under current law, copyright protection is automatic when intellectual property is created, and portions of copyrighted works can be used for educational purposes under the terms of Fair Use.
Fair Use
Copyright is a law and objective; Fair Use is a guideline and subjective. At a basic level, however, four factors determine if/how copyrighted work can be used under the guise of Fair Use:
  • The purpose and character of the use.
  • The nature of the copyrighted work.
  • The amount of the portion used.
  • The effect of the use upon its value.

Creative Commons

Between the “all rights reserved” of copyright and the “no rights reserved” of the public domain is a relatively new option for licensing intellectual property Creative Commons. A free service, Creative Commons allows content creators to license their work with “some rights reserved.
There is a great deal of creative commons material available on the web and tools such as FlickrCC, FlickrStorm, and Creative Commons Search make it easy to locate what others have shared for use. Moving students from Google image searches is challenging, but well worth the effort in quality and permissibility of Creative Commons content.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English
Social bookmarking’s three key components are (1) storing bookmarks on the web instead of locally, (2) classifying sites with tags instead of within file folders, and (3) the ability to easily share information with others.

Digital Footprints
What is a digital footprint? Do you have one, have you ever googled yourself?
On the Internet a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or "footprints" that people leave online. This is information transmitted online, such as forum registration , e-mails and attachments, uploading videos or digital images and any other form of transmission of information — all of which leaves traces of personal information about yourself available to others online. It is important to encourage kids to use the internet as a social networking tool, publishing tool and research tool but it is as equally as important to teach them safe and appropriate use. Ignoring this role is ignoring the fundamentals of their way of learning, sharing, communicating and collaborating.

Think before you post, how much do our students understand about public and private when it comes to online activity?
Who is responsible to teach them the difference?
Can we if we do not have an online presence ourselves?

Digital Citizenship Using Technology Appropriately