Mar 12 2008

Web 3.0 has long since passed Web 2.0 in Education for 2020

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In the year 2020, we see the world, especially the United States, has changed a great deal. Drought probWeb 3.0lems were solved when an effective way to desalinate the ocean was created. Transportation problems were solved when people started traveling by beaming. When they first saw this style of travel in Star Trek, they thought it was farfetched. But in 2015, Fermilab discovered the way to do it. This discovery brought billions of dollars into the US governments pocket, did away with the need for gasoline and diesel fuel for transportation, and made travel safer for all. People have transporter stations in their homes, schools, offices, hospitals, malls, and just about anywhere they would want to go. Every citizen is provided a special pocket computer for school and work. This computer also controls where the owner beams, but can be overridden by a parent or government control command.  Children beam from home to the classroom with no worries about their safety. Teens can go out on dates without parents worrying where they are stopping off along the way and families can get together after work and school without spending more than a few minutes on the commute.

People live in extended family networks and family values have gained in popularity through the two thousand teen years. Groceries and other products can be ordered through Web 3.0 technologies and delivered through the transporter station in your own home. All food is raised, p;rocessed and packaged via robot workers.  Computers take care of making sure the homes, schools, businesses, etc are heated and cooled appropriately using solar powered energy. Water is purified by the home purification system created by Viasol, the solar energy company that provides the energy for your home. Everyone has home exercise equipment provided at government expense as a way to fight the obesity epidemic. Exercise is a part of daily routines like bathing, eating, reading, praying, and using your home computer systems. All homes have computers and access to free wireless service due to the government wanting to educate the masses through the internet.

 Students can come to school or school can come to them via wireless Web 3.0 technology. There are no textbooks, only computers that automatically update themselves every hour, bringing the newest information to students. Students are allowed to chose to learn whatever interests them (that is legal, moral, and ethical). Artificial intelligence is becoming more humanlike all the time and the computerized robots have taken over most of the jobs that used to be handled by the working class. Each student is provided a specialized robot at birth, that will stay with them, guide them, and take care of them throughout their life if they choose to keep them.  Starting in 2007, robots  learned to dance, play instruments , and babysit . Artificial intelligence in robots grew by leaps and bounds after that and the only limit was their imagination, which they developed in May, 2012.  This intelligence lead to a rapid development and use of Web 3.0 technology to assist humans.

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Subject expert teachers are also computer technicians. Their job is to mentor the students who come into the school for class, provide academic and socialization assistance as needed, take care of the school network of computers, and make house calls to students at home who need their service. All teachers are able to access their students pocket computers to help them in mentoring and monitoring their students. Students move ahead at their own pace and do not have to keep up with others or be held back by others. Their computers give them immediate feedback on the work they do. They do not have homework, rather, they learn and use the knowledge obtained when they want to fulfill the requirement to advance. They receive payment for their schoolwork when they pass the steps necessary to advance a level. Careers are determined by what they are interested in and the quality of work they demonstrate. If they are not interested in something, they can take that content later or put it off indefinitely until they have a need for it. Students have choices about doing their school work alone or with groups set up in their content Wiki and Blog system. Students who demonstrate exceptional skills in group work will advance into junior leadership positions automatically when entering the work force. Students caught cheating will lose their internet access for a term not to exceed two years depending on the offense.

As Web 3.0 technology advanced after Jan, 2007, you see it developing more and more of its own capability to expand. Web 3.0 technology spread like a virus and no computer was safe from this virus. At the Seoul Digital Forum in May 2007, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, was asked to define Web 3.0.[2] He responded: “ If I were to guess what Web 3.0 is, I would tell you that it’s a different way of building applications… My prediction would be that Web 3.0 will ultimately be seen as applications which are pieced together. There are a number of characteristics: the applications are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the applications can run on any device, PC or mobile phone, the applications are very fast and they’re very customizable. Furthermore, the applications are distributed virally: literally by social networks, by email. You won’t go to the store and purchase them… That’s a very different application model than we’ve ever seen in computing. ” —Eric Schmidt Web 3.0

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Mar 06 2008

Share your PowerPoints

Have you every been in a situation where you needed one of your PowerPoints but did not have it with you? I have. Being in three buildings as a guidance counselor each week, I found it a challenge to always remember what to bring with me. Slideshare solved my problem. With the use of slideshare your PowerPoints are stored on the Web and you can use them anywhere you have a computer with an internet connection. You can open a free account, upload your PowerPoint, and mark it private or public.

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Mar 01 2008

Paperless Guidance Office

A paperless guidance office would change my role from that of a paperpusher to one of facilitator of learning, a guide on the side as students and parents take in and interact with the information we have for them.  If the guidance office went paperless, we would save a ton of money that could be used for other services.  There is no reason why parents and students could not register for school online.  Any communications with the school, can be done on email or through our Blackboard Internet system.  Parent permission slips for many things can be done online: registration for gifted testing, changes in class schedules, permission for group or individual counseling.  Invites for special events can be posted online.   Other areas of information that can be put online are:  Developmental guidance lessons, parenting strategies, Strengthening Families pod or video casts, Family Home Evening ideas, things to do with your at-risk students, summer activities, teenage job leads, college and  career search links, surveys, and resource information for parents, teachers, and students.  Information would be out to parents, students and staff in a more timely manner and feedback would be received quicker. 
Students who interact with guidance curriculum on Wikis and Blogs will retain more information than if they just sat and listed to a counselor lecture.   Learning would be measured by choices the students make as they apply guidance curriculum principles.  The students would create a learning community that would enrich their learning as they apply what they learned and write about the results of their choices,and the ideas they have about those results.   I would feel more comfortable as a guidance counselor if I knew that I was reaching all my staff, students and parents with the correct guidance information if we communicated with Web 2.0 technology tools instead of paper.  Web 2.0 tools facilitate a two-way communicationn in a much more user friendly way. 

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Mar 01 2008

Service Delivery with Web 2.0 in the Guidance Office

Service Delivery from the Guidance Office is seeing big shifts:                                     

Students in my middle schools are no longer just readers of or listens to information put out by guidance counselors. Within the password protected Blackboard site our District has set up for me for guidance curriculum, we have Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, Videocasts, Email, Homepages, Calendars, Discussion Boards, Questions forums, Guidance PowerPoints, Articles, etc. Our students are able to interact with the information we post and with each other as they share their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for application of guidance curriculum. Because we have more than one middle school, we are able to put students in touch with students from other buildings within a safe internet system. As students learn that our site is a Read/Write site we are getting more and more participation.

 Right now I am doing a project with my 8th grade gifted students on Blackboard. We are using the message system, discussion board, Blogs, Wikis, course documents, etc to learn more about the 7 Habits and how they can be applied. I have three middle schools so my time in each building is limited. Being able to communicate with students through Blackboard enables me to better meet their needs. In the future, I can see doing group counseling through password protected Wikis or chat rooms within our system. 

When I first started learning about Web 2.0 technology in the classroom, my brain hurt and I thought this would be over my head. After only a few weeks of training, I see Web 2.0 tools helping me provide great  service my students more effectively. Using technology in the guidance office is a shift that my colleagues were originally surprised by and resistant to. Now after seeing what I am doing, they want a guidance page set up for our whole Guidance department so they can do what I am doing. The more students we reach out and help students and their families, the more other staff will see the usefulness of Web 2.0 technology in all areas of education.

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Feb 25 2008

Skype or Not?

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Skypecasts Academic Potential  is out there promoting Skype and Skypecasts in education. facilitated a Skypecast recently to talk to others about using Skype in Education.  It did not work as well as he would have liked.  When too many people try to join the chat at the same time you have chaos and that is what he had during the first few minutes.  When he used his moderator tools, things calmed down and were more orderly.  Skypecasting takes practice, organization, and dedication.  It is a good place for people to practice talking to others from foreign countries if they want to improve their language skills.  I think Skype can be very useful for families, small work groups, and college study groups.  I am not sure I would ever use it for the classroom, though because I think there are easier ways to accomplish the same goal.  In the future, I think I would use AOL IM Video to connect with other educators and students.  It is more user friendly and you can see the people you are talking to quite easily.  Whatever you decide to use, using a real-time connection helps build relationships, helps turn work around faster, and keeps people motivated because they have fun using it. 

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Feb 24 2008


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I agree with the authors of the Wikispace bcejan08pls  who stated, “Connectivism, a learning theory developed by Siemens, supports the students of today’s society.” My students are online daily making connectings to other students in our district through Web 2.0 social networking sites.  They share knowledge relating to the processes, products, and content of their learning.  Because of their sharing they are growing more than they could do alone.   No longer to students learn alone, they are living in a Web 2.0 technology age and to keep up, they must join communities of learning using Web 2.0 technology. 

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Feb 18 2008

Podcasting from the Guidance Office

Guidance Counselors should make Podcasting part of their approach to developmental guidance counseling.  The National Standards for School Counseling can give you the framework you need to start your developmental guidance program.  The standards contain a multitude of topics that you can use in your Podcasting.  These Podcasts need to be timely, pertinant, interesting, concise and show that you know your audience  (5 to 10 minutes at the maximum). 
Ideas for Guidance Podcasting include:
  • Students telling their experiences and advice for transitioning to a new school or grade level.
  • Guidance Counselors recording interviews with students about Time Management, Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies.
  • Guidance Counselors recording the upcoming calendar of college speakers, standardized tests, or other guidance activities.
  • Guidance Counselors giving strategies for dealing with stress, decision making, goal setting, implementing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and bullying.  bullying.   CAS007 – Bullying: Intervention Strategies for the Victim and Bully w/ Dr.  Walter B. Roberts.  Airdate 2/16/2006.   I would recommend using this Podcast in staff development or with students in small group or individual counseling as you work with the bullies, bystanders, or the targets.   
  • Guidance Counselors recording presentations for students or parents who could not attend (this may need to be longer than the 5-10 minutes maximum-it depends on the content and who the presenter is).
 The easiest way to begin is to create a podcast or vodcast (video podcast) of  a presentation or topic you have already worked with for years.   Check out Podcasts for Educators, Schools and Colleges for help getting started.    The Counselor’s Podcast™, a service of the Naviance Network™, features leading voices from the  school counseling community speaking on topics of professional interest.  The is another great site for examples of  School Counselor Podcasting. 

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Feb 17 2008

3 Steps

To be literate in the 21st Century you need to be able to compete, cooperate, and collaborate with your peers in the global job place.

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Feb 15 2008

Flickr in the Guidance Office

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Flickr photos can be used as great discussion starters in the guidance office.  Students in small groups can find and share photos: showing how they are feeling, demonstrating goals they have, or activities they want to do.  Flickr photos can also be used to illustrate topics in PowerPoint presentations for parents, staff, or students.

 Another great site that can help when working with photos is .  I downloaded my Leadership image onto my computer and converted it on this system to a URL so I could add it to this blog.  Images can be easily resized on this site to make them easier to upload on the web or for email.

 Look for my Flickr photo Leadership below:

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Feb 15 2008

What is Leadership?

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What is Leadership?  Uploaded on 10 November 2007   By naemick
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Leadership is the process of directing one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel.   The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens helps teenagers organize themselves and focus on their goals in life.   

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