The 23 Things @ SJS -- a Web 2.0 course for St. John's School teachers - SP2009.

(Conducted by Rolly Maiquez)

Welcome St. John's School Web 2.0 teachers! This could be quite an intense course to be conducted during our 2009 Spring Break (March 23 to 27, 2009). We will meet everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. The "thing" assignments will all be due by April 30, 2009.

Discovery Exercises and Tasks

Below you will find a list of 23 "Things" (all linking to Shelley Paul's site) that will help you learn about Web 2.0. All the "Things" are available here for your perusal. We'll see if we can finish all "Things" in about a month. ;->

Each "Thing" consists of one or more Discovery Exercises and Learning Tasks. Links to the details for each "Thing" are all available everyday in the F2F meetings. Remember, I will demonstrate all of the Web 2.0 tools covered in the things as you follow along with me in our F2F classes. After that, you are in charge of your learning journey. This course is about exposure, exploration and experimentation, not about "doing it right" at first try.

Stretch Activities

Along the way, you will also encounter a few Stretch activities accompanying some of the "Things" in Shelley Paul's site. Stretch activities 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!


Each of the "Things" below links to an activity on the original K12 Learning 2.0 course site, as created by Shelley Paul. While we will be completing the identical set of activities, our "SJS Web 2.0" course will occasionally require a different "publishing protocol" for completing a particular task. Any and all variations will be clearly noted in green and red text under the accompanying "Thing" description.

The 23 Things:

Click the link to view details for each "Thing."

Make sure that you update your progress in the Google Docs spreadsheet when you complete an item.

  • Introduction

    • Thing 0 - Learn about the course, get yourself a Google/Gmail Account and get Firefox (Deadline: Day 1 - March 23, 2009). Sign up and pay for the course online as provided to you in the instructions I sent by email.

    • Thing 1 - Review some strategies for Lifelong Learning

    • Thing 2 - Learn a bit about Web 2.0, and Why it Matters

  • Blogging

    • Thing 3 - Set up a Wordpress Blog or Edublogs and write your first posts.

    • *ASSIGNMENT A: Blog Entry on Thing 1 - Lifelong Learning ...

    • Reflections on Lifelong Learning - write about:

      1. Most challenging habit for you

      2. Easiest - most resonant habit for you

      3. Most important habit for you

    • *ASSIGNMENT B: Blog Entry on Thing 2 - Web 2.0 ...

      1. What is Web 2.0 for you - in your own words?

    • *ASSIGNMENT C: Blog Entry on Thing 2 - Web 2.0 ...

      1. Why does Web 2.0 matter in education/the classroom?

    • Thing 4 - Explore some uses of blogs in education; Consider possibilities for blogging in your professional environment.

  • Wikis

    • Thing 5 - What is a wiki? Explore educational uses for Wikis.

    • *ASSIGNMENT D: Create a Wiki

      1. Create your own WIKI in WIKISPACES and populate with some information and a few pages.

      2. Blog about your Wiki creation experience. What and How would you use with students - Blogs or Wikis or Both? How?

    • *ASSIGNMENT E: Follow Thing 6 below.

    • Thing 6 - Play around with the KLHT wiki (see instructions on King23Things website).

  • RSS and Aggregators

    • Thing 7 - Learn about RSS and set up Google Reader

    • Thing 8 - Feed your reader: find & subscribe to feeds

    • *ASSIGNMENT F: RSS and Google Reader

      1. Populate your Google Reader with at least 20 RSS feeds on topics that interest you.

      2. Blog about your RSS and Google reader experiences. Guide questions for blog below:

      • How would you use these with students/parents?

      • How about for your own professional development?

      • What types of RSS feeds did you search for?

      • What is your favorite/the most interesting feed you found

      • What was easy to do with RSS? What was difficult with RSS?

    • Thing 9 - Begin to build a reading habit (this will continue throughout the course).

    • *ASSIGNMENT G: Start searching for an online conference to watch/listen to:

      1. K12 Online Conference - main page.

      2. Click here for the list of 2008 K12 Conferences.

  • Images & Slideshows

    • Thing 10 - Learn about Creative Commons

    • *ASSIGNMENT H: On CC...

      1. Create a blog entry on Creative Commons (CC) -- guide questions:

      2. What is the significance of Copyright Law (C) in your job as a teacher in a school in Guam?

      3. How about (CC) -- what is its significance in your teaching? Do you think it is important honor (C) in education?

      4. Students (esp. older students) do not respect (C) at all when downloading, using and distributing copyrighted materials online. What do you think should be done about this? What might the effects on society be on this kind of practice?

    • Thing 11 - Intro to Photosharing and Tagging; explore Flickr

    • *ASSIGNMENT I: Flickr

      1. Create a Flickr account and populate with a few photos from the SJS Photo Gallery.

      2. Blog about your Flickr experience. Guide questions similar to Assignment F above.

    • Thing 12 - Create an online Slideshow using your own or Creative Commons photos

      1. Create an online Slideshow using your own (CC) photos or photos from the SJS Photo Gallery.

  • Discover & Reflect

    • Thing 13 - Attend a "21st Century" Conference (in your PJs); Comment on other participant blogs

    • *ASSIGNMENT J: Create a blog entry after watching one K12 Conference Online. Guide questions:

      1. What K12 Online Conference did you watch/listened to? (Type the title in your blog and create a link for it.)

      2. Did you like what you watched/listened to? Was the topic significant in your teaching or professional development (why/why not)?

      3. What was the online watching/listening experience like? Did you like/not like it?

      4. What are advantages/disadvantages of online conferences?

      5. Will you recommend the site (K12 Online Conference - main page.) to your colleagues? Why/why not?

    • Thing 14 - Explore one or more tools of choice (Gliffy, Quizlet, Ta-Da List, SketchCast, etc)

    • *ASSIGNMENT K: Explore a Web 2.0 tool of your choice as described in the email I sent to you. You will present / share this with the class.

    • Thing7b - Blog about something interesting you've found in your Google Reader

  • Social Bookmarking & Tagging

    • Thing 15 - Intro to Social Bookmarking; Set up a account and begin adding and tagging resources. Please explore the "Stretch" things if you already have a Delicious account.

    • *ASSIGNMENT L: Create your own "Delicious" account and start populating it with links. For this assignment, add at least 10 links on: Web 2.0 or your subject area that you find interesting or links that you visit often / would like to share with others. *Make sure to add appropriate tags - think about the tags you are using before entering them with the links.

    • *ASSIGNMENT EXTENSION: As an extension of your learning and experience with Wikis and linking, create a NEW PAGE in your Wiki. Then create a line entry for EACH assignment with an appropriate link for easy retrieval. Click here to see an example "Assignments" page. *If an assignment only requires a visit to a specific website or a website of your own choice, then just link to that website with the line: "I completed this assignment Thing!"

    • Thing 16 - Discover LibraryThing

    • *ASSIGNMENT M: Follow instructions in Thing #16 above.

  • Podcasting & Videosharing

    • Thing 17 - Intro to Podcasting; Explore some educational podcasts

    • *ASSIGNMENT N: Go through Thing #17 above. Add a few podcasts to your Google Reader subscriptions.

    • Thing 18 - Create a "Bare Bones" podcast using VOCAROO

    • *ASSIGNMENT O: Create a podcast as explained in Thing #18 above and create a link to it in your "Assignments" page. Create a "substantial" podcast aside from any "test" podcast you've created.

    • *ASSIGNMENT P: Blog about your podcasting search and creation experience. What specific podcasts / type of podcasts would you listen to regularly? What do you think of Vocaroo? How can podcasting in your teaching curriculum?

    • Thing 19 - Intro to Video Sharing; Explore YouTube and TeacherTube

    • *ASSIGNMENT Q: Go through Thing #19 above.

  • Get Productive

    • Thing 20 - Use Google Docs to create and share collaborative documents, spreadsheets and presentations

    • *ASSIGNMENT R: Go through Thing #20 above.

    • Thing 21 - Create a custom start page using Pageflakes

    • *SKIP Thing 21

    • Thing7c - Blog about something interesting you've found in your Google Reader.

    • *ASSIGNMENT S: Go through Thing #7c above.

  • Connect & Reflect

    • Thing 22 - Learn about Social Networking and explore the Classroom 2.0 and other education-related NING Networks

    • *ASSIGNMENT T: Go through Thing #22 above.

    • Thing 23 - Add your reflections to the SJS Web 2.0 Voicethread; Blog about your experiences and next steps

    • *ASSIGNMENT U: Go through Thing #23 above.

    • CLOSING "THING": Go to this Wikipedia entry:

    • *ASSIGNMENT V: Blog about the "CLOSING THING" above. Guide questions:

    1. What do you think of Friedman's 10 flatteners?

    2. What are the implications in education?

    3. How will the flattening affect education? Students? Teachers - the teaching career?

    4. Among the 10 flatteners, what are the 3 flatteners you have experienced/sense happening around you/seen in action? Please elaborate.