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Web 2.0 in the Classroom
This article is what is called, in magazine parlance, a pass-along. That means, give a copy to faculty members and staffers you know will be open to learning more about social media—and who are most likely to talk about it with colleagues.

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An Island No More: A Game-Changing Application Suite for LMS
The LMS is an enterprise-wide and critical platform, but it has mostly remained unconnected to the cloud and to the social Web. But now a new management platform, plugjam from CommonNeed, turns the LMS into a truly seamless member of the Web. More

**Web 2.0 Fuels Content Filtering Debate**
In the shifting world of the connected classroom, some suggest a seismic showdown is brewing over the value of Internet filtering. (Digital Directions)

18 Web 2.0 Tools for Instruction
We asked two web 2.0 gurus in higher education for their favorite tools that offer the most impact on instruction. All are easily accessible software tools with a low technology threshold, making them generally easy on tight IT or departmental budgets and personnel resources. More

**8 in 10 Faculty Members Use Social Media**
Faculty members in higher education may be more technologically connected than previously assumed. According to a survey put out this week, a little more than 80 percent of them are social media users. **More**

**Google Rolling Out Richer Web Apps**
Google has updated its codebase, adding features to its Google Docs online suite of applications that make them richer and more collaborative. More

ePortfolios, Finally!
ePortfolios have been used widely in recent years for institutional assessment, but now academic ePortfolios have finally "arrived." More

New Book Examines Web 2.0 Concepts and Applications
A new book on Web 2.0 Concepts and Applications was published this past week by Course Technology as part of the popular Shelly Cashman series of introductory IT texts. More

Let Faculty Off The Hook
Early adopters may wonder why other faculty seem so slow to incorporate technology in their courses, but there are actually many external barriers to adoption, including long-held expectations by students and their parents, the endurance of classrooms designed as lecture spaces, and several other standing elements like existing syllabi, textbooks, and even the need to fulfill tenure requirements. More

The Imagined Space of the Web 2.0 Classroom
Web 2.0 and new media have influenced the design of physical classroom spaces, just as they have offered new virtual spaces for interaction. More

**EthicShare: A Model for Virtual Research Communities**
The proliferation of Web 2.0 social networking Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and even Flickr got some people thinking: Which scholarly disciplines need better ways of researching, collaborating, and communicating, and could a social networking model play a role? More

**Policies Target Teacher-Student Cyber Talk**
Addressing an issue facing schools nationwide, Louisiana is requiring educators to document certain types of electronic contact with students.

Most Faculty Don't Use Twitter, Study Reveals
Despite the seemingly relentless barrage of hype surrounding Twitter, most faculty in higher education institutions are not using the microblogging service at all. In fact, according to a new study from Faculty Focus, most have never even tried it. More

Beyond Social Networking: Building Toward Learning Communities
Much has been written recently about the impact of social networking tools in teaching and learning and how educators can build on the skills of their students in using these tools. But if educators only integrate the ability of students to connect and socialize, deeper points of learning will be missed. While good teaching and learning rests on effective relationships, in an active learning community, those relationships should evolve into actual idea exchange and knowledge construction. More

Draft Unveiled on Technological Literacy for NAEP
The test will gauge students’ understanding of technology tools, the ways they can be used to gather data, and their societal impact. (Education Week)

Google Quadruples Students Using Apps for Education
Google reported this week that the number of students using its Google Apps for Education Edition productivity and collaboration tools on campus has just about quadrupled over this time last year. More


Ideas: Blogs

Can Blogging Make a Difference?
When Michigan State University doctoral student Todd Ide needed a research topic for a large-scale study required for his Ph.D., he looked at the classes he was teaching in his role as a graduate assistant. He wondered if there was a meaningful way to incorporate Web 2.0 into his curriculum for "Reading and Responding to Children's Literature." He reviewed current literature about blogging in education and saw an opportunity to further the research. More


Ideas: Chat

Designing a Working Space for Chat
In the first installment this two-part series, we looked at chat as an instructional tool in general terms. Now we take a look at some of the major concepts in using chat effectively in the process of moving the thinking process forward: building ideas, constructing media, and establishing which elements are critical to making the environment dynamic and relevant to the student.
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