DB#2 – Chapter 3: Getting to Know the World Wide Web

This week, the Technology course has taught me how to create a blog (web log) .So…..  what the heck is a blog anyway?  According to WikiPedia a web lob is: “a discussion or information site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first.  Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject.  More recently multi-author blogs (MAB) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing proportion of blog traffic.  The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

Wow!  You can even research information from the internet to post for display on your personal blog page!

How does the hypertext structure of the WWW facilitate nonlinear, dynamic access to information?

“Inserting clickable links within paragraphs of text and pages, allows the author to provide more indepth information on the topic allowing the reader to choose whether they would like to be more informed of the topic or continue reading the current article at hand.”


How can email be used to enhance communication in educational communities?

E-mail helps teachers communicate between themselves, their students, receive messages from parents, and obtain professional information regarding their teaching profession.

What are good practice manners to follow when using email?

When forwarding e-mails, remove previous headings from messages that have been forwarded several times to eliminate useless information; do not forward chain letter messages; do not respond to inflammatory messages in like manner; finally, use sarcasm with people you know personally.

What privacy issues must be considered when communicating electronically?

When placing your personal information on the Internet, ensure that pages policy does not sell the information they receive.  Set personal features on your computer to delete cookies after closing your browser.  Activate parental guidance features on personal and educational computers to limit websites children can visit as well as time limits.  Employment computers are property of the worksite thus its usage may be subject to observation by “building administrators, district network supervisors”, and many others.  Spyware collects your personal information for sale thus the use of spyware software should be purchased and installed.

How is social networking affecting education?

The 10 Best and Worst Ways Social Media Impacts Education (

The Negative

  1. Many students rely on the accessibility of information on social media specifically and the web in general to provide answers. That means a reduced focus on learning and retaining information.
  1. Students who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, show reduced academic performance.  Their ability to concentrate on the task at hand is significantly reduced by the distractions that are brought about by YouTube, stumbleupon, Facebook or Twitter.
  1. The more time students spend on social sites, the less time they spend socializing in person. Because of the lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not an adequate replacement for face-to-face communication. Students who spend a great deal of time on social networking are less able to effectively communicate in person.
  1. The popularity of social media, and the speed at which information is published, has created a lax attitude towards proper spelling and grammar. The reduces a student’s ability to effectively write without relying on a computer’s spell check feature.
  1. The degree to which private information is available online and the anonymity the internet seems to provide has made students forget the need to filter the information they post. Many colleges and potential employers investigate an applicant’s social networking profiles before granting acceptance or interviews. Most students don’t constantly evaluate the content they’re publishing online, which can bring about negative consequences months or years down the road.

The Positive

  1. Social networking has increased the rate and quality of collaboration for students. They are better able to communicate meeting times or share information quickly, which can increase productivity and help them learn how to work well in groups.
  1. Social networking teaches students skills they’ll need to survive in the business world. Being able to create and maintain connections to many people in many industries is an integral part of developing a career or building a business.
  1. By spending so much time working with new technologies, students develop more familiarity with computers and other electronic devices. With the increased focus on technology in education and business, this will help students build skills that will aid them throughout their lives.
  1. The ease with which a student can customize their profile makes them more aware of basic aspects of design and layout that are not often taught in schools. Building resumes and personal websites, which are increasingly used as online portfolios, benefit greatly from the skills obtained by customizing the layout and designs of social networking profiles.
  1. The ease and speed with which users can upload pictures, videos or stories has resulted in a greater amount of sharing of creative works. Being able to get instant feedback from friends and family on their creative outlets helps students refine and develop their artistic abilities and can provide much needed confidence or help them decide what career path they may want to pursue.


What is a wiki and how can it be used in teaching?

A wiki is a website where people can easily add, remove, edit, or change the content of this website.  In teaching, several people can revise the site to include updates or new information to keep current on specific issues.

In the classroom wiki’s generate student participation:

  1. Exam review: Encourage students to share review notes and other helpful pieces of information on your classroom’s wiki.
  2. Peer review: Allow students to draft their papers in a wiki, then ask other students to comment it.
  3. Student portfolios: Assign portfolio pages to each of your students, and allow them to display and discuss their work.
  4. Correction competition: You can post a document riddled with mistakes, then have students compete to see who can fix the most errors fastest.
  5. Peer editing: Ask students to edit each others’ work for spelling, grammar, and facts based on a style guide or rules you’ve defined.
  6. Vocabulary lists: Encourage students to submit words that they had trouble with, along with a dictionary entry.
  7. Get feedback: Ask students to post comments on wiki pages.
  8. Share notes: Let your students share their collective information so that everyone gets a better understanding of the subject.


How can teachers take advantage of RSS and Atom?

Rather than teachers take time to research several different websites to obtain recently released information, this text message can be sent to a RSS or Atom feed into your web browser for instant access.

What is blogging and how do you get started?

Ssooooooo what is blogging?  Look at my first paragraph!  How do you get started?  Get thrown into the water and hope you can swim!  Okay, research.  Check out the

Top 10 Free Online Blogging Platforms

Can social networking be used to extend the learning environment beyond the classroom?

A resounding YES!