I came across this blog entry from Doug Johnson discussing how read/write web tools can support PLC’s (Personal Learning Communities.
Here he provides a set of activities each month for learning how to use each type of Web 2.0 tool.
Month One – Blog reading and reacting
1. Read: Two articles defining and describing Web 2.0. Read the past month’s entries for two educational blogs.
2. Participate: Use Technocrati to locate two blogs of personal interest and three blogs of professional usefulness, related to the topic of your PLC.
3. Do: Write responses to two blog postings.
Month Two – RSS feed aggregators
Tool: Google Reader
4. Read: Read the description of RSS and RSS feed aggregators. Read the instructions to Google Reader.
5. Participate: Set up a Google Reader account. Subscribe to the blogs located in the previous month.
6. Do: Monitor the Reader daily. Add five new feeds and respond to three blog posts.
Month Three – Blog writing
7. Read: Two articles on blogging use by educators and about blogging ethics.
8. Participate: Set up a edublog account for your PLC (group activity)
9. Do: Each member contribute an entry and a response on the PLC’s each week.
Month Four – Wikis
10. Read: Two articles about wikis, Wikipedia and/or the theories of collective intelligence.
11. Participate: Use pbWiki to create a document that articulates your PLC’s norms and goals. Distribute the password to each member of the PLC. (group activity).
12. Do: Edit the group norm document. Review changes by other group members. Add additional documents to the wiki as needed.
Month Five – Social Bookmarking
13. Read: Articles about social bookmarking, tagging and folk taxonomies.
14. Participate: Create a personal del.icio.us account. Add three bookmarks related to the topics your PLC is studying.
15. Do: Distribute the URLs for each member’s del.icio.us account. Create an RSS for a topic search and add it to your Google Reader page.
Month Six – Shared media
Tools: Flickr, TeacherTube/YouTube , LibraryThing
16. Read: Introductory material for each of these sites.
17. Participate: Locate and watch a video from TeacherTube or YouTube. Search for and download a photo from Flickr. Do a search on Librarything for recommended books.
18. Do: Create a Flickr account and upload three photographs that show a teaching practice or upload a video to TeacherTube showing an effective teaching practice.
Month Seven – Personal networks
19. Read: The FAQ for Ning.
20. Participate: Create a Ning account for your group. (group activity)
21. Do: Post a message and feedback to your Ning group.
Month Eight – MUVEs
Tool: Second Life
22. Read: Two articles on MUVEs and their potential in education.
23. Participate: Create an avatar and attend a professional development opportunity in Second Life.