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Coming of Age: An introduction to the NEW world wide web.

Coming of Age is a free booklet that describes the use of some of the newer emerging web technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, RSS and social tagging in Education. It features case studies and how-to articles by leading practitioners in the world of education:

to inspire teachers to want to try some of these "new tools" for themselves and with their classes, and then to provide practical advice and guidance on how to do so.

Coming of Age is the concept of Terry Freedman who runs the informative ICT in education web site. Terry has guided a group of 14 collaborators from around the world into providing many examples and practical advice on how to take advantage of these tools. He has almost literally 'worked his socks off' in order to create this exciting document so 'do him a favor' and read it, and then pass it on.

picture of cover; a restful scene of trees and water in early spring.
You will hear various terms used such such as web 2.0 (two point oh) or the read-write-web for tools that are having social and educational impact by enabling on-line collaborative communities as well as providing individual voice via self publishing. Another feature is on-line applications with rich user interfaces (AJAX) and components that can be used to create new applications (mashups, see this example). Together these provide significant possibilities for enhancing learning and SEN experiences, especially for personalised or constructed group learning and inclusion.

There are several reasons that this is of great interest to SEN, Accessibility and OATS. Podcasts and vodcasts with captions provide alternative ways to access information and collaboration and publishing online can be inclusive of all. Many of the tools are Open Source and also the commons-based peer-construction principles underlying Open Source are featured strongly. Accessibility issues are raised with some of the web based tools as this article in Ability Magazine explains.


Get Coming of Age.

Click on this link to download pdf file (2MB, you may need to right-click and select save).
Coming of Age Booklet (web 2.0)

You are encouraged to pass it on to anyone you think will be interested or will benefit.



This booklet is (c) 2006 Terry Freedman (Ed) and its individual contributors.
The following copyright statement applies to all chapters, unless stated otherwise.

The content of this publication is provided free for your own personal, professional and non-commercial use. However, you may pass it on to others, either in its entirety or as individual sections; if you do so, please include acknowledgements to the source. You may not adapt, alter or create a derivative work from any part of the booklet except for your own personal, professional and non-commercial use, and on condition that you make it clear that the altered article is different to that accredited to the original author.

Any other use of the booklet and its content requires the prior written permission of Terry Freedman or the individual author.



1. Preliminary Information
2. The Contributors: Quick Reference Guide
3. Introduction
4. Glossary Of Terms Used
5. Book Review: Redefining Literacy For The 2St Century
6. Effective E-Learning Through Collaboration
7. What Are Rss Feeds And Why Haven’T I Heard About It?(Rss Feeds From An Educator’S Perspective)
8. Blogging: Shift Of Control
9. Photo-Sharing And Clip-Art
10. Factoring Web Logs To Their Fundamentals
11. Virtual Support Via The Blogosphere
12. The International Edublog Awards
13. Blogs You Must Read!
14. Elgg And Blogging In Primary Education
15. Using Blogs In School
16. Thinking About Creativity, Thinking About Blogs! 
17. Book Review: Classroom Blogging: A Teacher’S Guide To The Blogosphere
18. Book Review: New Tools For Learning
19. Diary Of A Potential Podcasting Junkie
20. Finding Good Podcasts
21. Podcasting Resources
22. Podcasting
23. Finding And Subscribing To A Podcast Via Itunes
24. Obtaining Information About A Podcast In Itunes
25. Giving Students A Second Listen
26. Podcasting: A Review Of Recording Devices
27. Other Useful Websites
28. Create An Rss Feed For Your Podcast
29. List Your Podcast And Find Others’
30. Podcasting And Wikis
31. Recording A Podcast On A Computer
32. Uses Of Podcasting In Schools
33. Video Blogging: Terry Freedman Interviews Paul Knight
34. Video Blogging In Schools
35. Wikis: An Introduction
36. Wikipedia Vs Britannica
37. Setting Up A Wiki
38. Wikiville: An Interview With John Bidder
39. Social Bookmarking
40. Forums, Instant Messaging And Other Ways To Participate


Guide to the contributors.

There is a fuller biography of the contributors at the beginning of their articles.

Miles Berry
Miles is a deputy headteacher in an English primary school, a Moodle and Elgg enthusiast and the winner of a best practice award. He also gives keynote presentations to conferences. See http://elgg.net/mberry/weblog.

John Bidder
John is the Head of Curriculum ICT strategy in Bolton, England, and gives keynote presentations about best practice. See http://www.BoltonTLC.org.uk.

Mechelle De Craene
Mechelle is a special education teacher in Florida and undertakes research in the development of educational technology skills in children, and gives presentations on her findings at internatoinal conferences. See http://elgg.net/mechelledc/weblog/.

John Evans
John Evans is principal of St. François Xavier Community School in St. François Xavier, Manitoba, Canada, and gives conference presentations on the subject of teacher wellness. See http://nlcommunities.com/communities/joevans.

Peter Ford
Peter Ford is a teacher and educational consultant based in Nottingham in the UK, spcialising in the use of internet technologies to enhance teaching and learning. See http://www.fordlog.com.

Terry Freedman (Ed)
Terry is an educationalist who provides practical and strategic consultancy services to educational institutions, and provides a range of subscription-based services. See http://www.ictineducation.org.

Josie Fraser
Based in England, Josie is an educational technologist and works as a freelance consultant and speaker, mainly around emerging technologies and staff development. See http://fraser.typepad.com/about.html.

Steve Lee
Steve Lee is a Senior Software Developer, who is uses various techniques for customising ‘off-the-shelf’ software to meet individual accessibility needs. He is also interested in how Open Collaborative Communities can help and involve disabled people. See http://fullmeasure.co.uk/.

Ewan McIntosh
Ewan is the Development Officer for the Modern Languages Virtual Environment, a pilot programme for the Scottish Schools Digital Network. He also speaks internationally about using Web 2.0 tools in education and educational management. See http://edu.blogs.com.

Alan November
Alan November is an international leader in education technology, and runs the annual Building Learning Communities Summer Conference in Boston, USA. See www.novemberlearning.com/blc.

Chris Smith
Based in Thailand, Chris runs a consultancy designed to offer support to International Schools across S.E. Asia, especially in the area of “ICT Across the Curriculum, and maintains an internationally-acclaimed website. See http://www.shambles.net/.

Dai Thomas
Dai is Director of ICT at Warden Park Specialist School in West Sussex and a research Fellow of Mirandanet. See http://www.daithomas.org.uk.

David Warlick
David is an internationally-renowned writer, blogger and Podcaster who provides consulting and public speaking services to education associations and agencies around the world. See http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/.

Shawn Wheeler
Shawn is the Director of IMT – Services & Training for the Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Arizona, and the founder of Adventures in Podcasting. See http://staffweb.peoriaud.k12.az.us/Shawn_Wheeler/podcast.



See the 'Blogs and articles' section on Terry's Coming of Age site. There are many on-line resources for web 2.0 but a couple of good starting points are Joshua Porter's Intro to Web 2.0 on Squidoo and Chris Smith's Shambles Web 2.0 resource.

The schoolforge.org.uk wiki has the latest updates for our Effective e-learning article.

Our example Google mashup demonstrates how to use mashups for educational and other uses.

Ismael Ghalimi's Office 2.0 is an attempt to use Web 2.0 applications for all office work and has a database of Office 2.0 programs.



For more information or if you would like to discuss this then you can contact me at info@fullmeasure.co.uk.

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