Marist Web 2.0You are about to embark upon a wonderful journey of discovery and learning!

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Discovery Exercises and Tasks
Each month, you will complete two or three Discovery Exercises and Tasks ("Things"), as listed below. Each task requires you to experiment, take risks and explore as a life-long learner. Remember you are in charge of your learning journey - have fun. This course is about exposure, exploration, and experimentation, not about "doing it right." Your co-participants are here to support and encourage you. Due to the topic/content groupings, some months will be more challenging/time intensive than others. Mistakes and some confusion are expected!
The course is, intentionally, about play and possibility, rather than pedagogy; about exploration, rather than classroom application; about discovery and experimentation, rather than "doing it right." We hope you make connections and become inspired along the way. Learning is messy, and "mistakes" often lead to new understandings!

The plan is for you to learn about, explore, and complete "Things" or doable learning activities related to Web 2.0 tools and concepts. (Thus, you will complete 2-3 "Things" per month). Each "Thing" will introduce (or expand upon) a new tool or concept through one or more discovery exercises, followed by one or more learning tasks. The discovery exercises are "where the learning really happens" and are necessary for you to complete each task.
You will record your progress by posting to your own blog and elsewhere as directed. Your blog will serve as your personal learning journal, a place for you to record your experiences, frustrations, ideas, discoveries, questions and reflections. Your blog will also serve as your portfolio, a living artifact demonstrating your completion of the course. Participants will receive (and give) feedback and encouragement through each others' blogs.

This course offers no formal instruction. You will be your own mentor, with support from your "online classmates". You will decide when and where to complete each month's activities, and you will be responsible for "keeping up." You are encouraged to form "buddy groups" to work through the content together -- sharing, helping and encouraging each other. Throughout this “discovery learning” experience, you will likely encounter a number of small challenges, depending on your level of Web 2.0 experience to date. Each time you teach yourself something, find a solution or accomplish a task, you will feel empowered and be that much more tech savvy!

Stretch Tasks
If you have a deeper interest or the time to dedicate, you many explore the Stretch Task, which extends the learning experience. These acitivies are designed to enrich and extend your learning. Everyone is encouraged to try at least some of them, but they are not required. If you are already comfortable with a particular tool or concept, you should definitely complete the Stretch activity!

¤NOTE:It is important to read all the course materials along the way and take notice of embedded links and resources, as they will be clues for how to access and maneuver tools. Course activities/resources are subject to perpetual revision, as technology is always changing.

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Click the link to view details for each "Thing."The course is designed to coincide with our 2010-2011 School Year SCHEDULE from September 1 - June 1. Please do not begin activities beyond the month we are in as they build on one another and are subject to revision. But do feel free to explore.
  • Month 1 - Introduction
    • Thing 1 - Review some strategies for Lifelong Learning
    • Thing 2 - Learn a bit about Web 2.0, and why it is important for 21st Century Learning.


  • Month 3 - Wikis

    • Thing 5 - What is a wiki? Explore educational uses for wikis.
    • Thing 6 - Set up your own page on the Marist Learning 2.0 Wiki. Start off by playing in the "sandbox".

Thanksgiving through Christmas Break: No new lessons,but feel free to catch up, return to a lesson to learn more or continue to play with what you have discovered and created.

  • Month 6- Images & Slideshows
    • Thing 7- Learn about Creative Commons (CC)
    • Thing 8 - Intro to Photosharing and Tagging; Explore FLICKR and download some CC photos
    • Thing 9 - Create an online Slideshow using CC photos

  • Month 7 - Discover & Reflect
    • Thing 10- Attend a K12 Online Conference
    • Thing 11 - Explore one or more tools of choice ( Babberize, Gliffy, Quizlet, Ta-Da List, Wordle and Pageflakes to name a few)

  • Month 8 - Social Bookmarking & Tagging
    • Thing 12 - Intro to Social Bookmarking; Set up a Del.icio.us account and begin adding and tagging resources
    • Thing 13 - Discover LibraryThing

  • Month 9 - Podcasting & Videosharing
    • Thing 14- Intro to Podcasting; Explore podcasts in iTunes
    • Thing 15- Create your own podcast
    • Thing 16- Explore YouTube and TeacherTube


  • Month 10 - Get Productive & Map Your Way
    • Thing 17- Use Google Docs to create and share collaborative documents, spreadsheets and presentations
    • Thing 18- Create a custom map using Google Maps

  • Month 11 - Connect & Reflect
    • Thing 19- Learn about Social Networking, explore the Classroom 2.0 and other education-related NING Networks
    • Thing 20- Twitter
    • Thing 21- Blog about your experiences and next steps