In the Web 2.0 project, you learned about the various tools to increase productivity in both personal and professional work.

In this project, part two of the Web 2.0 Project, you will use these tools in your work as students. As you master these tools, you will understand how they will benefit you in your professional work as well.

Objectives

1. Use at least 10 of the listed Web 2.0 tools during the rest of the semester in a practical manner.
2. Be able to demonstrate that you have used these tools and are using them currently.
3. Use Blogs and Google Sites as your primary method of recordkeeping and reflection.

Instructions

1. This is an independent, self study project. By now, you have been trained in the uses of all the tools and you now need to start using them. Although you are not required to do so, you may discuss your progress and ideas with your instructor.
2. Use all of the listed Web 2.0 tools during the rest of the semester in a practical manner. See the tools table for suggested practical uses.
3. Use blog entries and Google Sites to keep track of your progress throughout the rest of the semester.
4. Make at least 10 blog entries (one per week) with details on your progress, reflections on the week, relevant articles, videos. Blog entries should be original (written by you).

You can also use your blogs as a store for research done for your other courses.

Your LAST blog must contain a reflection on this project and specifically include a discussion on the helpfulness of each tool and a ranking of the usefulness of each tool for your purposes.
5. Create a Google Sites site. In this site, create pages for each tool and demonstrate through screenshots and explanations how you are using that particular tool.
6. Organize your Google Sites pages so that everything is easily navigable.
7. Send an e-mail to your instructor with links to your blog and Google Sites pages.

Time Frame

This project will start on Week 7 of the semester and will end on Week 15. Please check the Semester Calendar (above) for deadlines.

Deliverables

  • At least ten blog entries with details on your progress, reflections on the week, relevant articles, videos.
  • Easily navigated Google Sites pages on at least 10 tools with screenshots and explanations on how you are using each tool.

Resources

The following articles on Web 2.0 terms and technology discuss the benefits on productivity and the "bottom line" when Web 2.0 tools are used within organizations:

1. Article on Web 2.0 Wikipedia
2. Tracking the business benefits of Web 2.0. Please register for free on the site McKinsey Article
3. Interactive Survey on Web 2.0 McKinsey Survey

Assessment

1. Weekly Blog entries Individual
2. Google Sites pages Individual
3. Final marks for each student will include components for blog entries (30%) and Google Sites (70%) Individual

This project will be marked in the following manner:

Grade

Assessment

A

The project has all of the required tools and blog entries. Advanced uses of tools are demonstrated as well as deep reflection on the learning process. It should look like you spent a great deal of time in using and understanding how the tools help in your daily life as a student and/or your professional life. Pages in Google Sites demonstrate deep understanding and superb organization and navigation.

Ten or more blog entries that demonstrate advanced use of blogging techniques, show proof of deep reflective thinking and are free of grammatical/spelling errors. The contents of the blogs and site are superb and can easily be demonstrated to a professional audience.

B

The project has all of the required tools and blog entries but demonstration and descriptions are weak or not complete. Advanced concepts are not demonstrated across all tools and reflections are complete but not detailed or thorough. Pages in Google Sites demonstrate understanding and organization and navigation is complete.

Ten or more blog entries that demonstrate use of blogging techniques, show proof of some reflective thinking and are mostly free of grammatical/spelling errors.

C

The project lacks a few of the required tools but it looks like some effort has been made. Some blog entries are missing as are some descriptions of tools in Google Sites. Pages in Google Sites demonstrate understanding in some tools and navigation structure is missing elements.

D

The project lacks a few of the required tools and it looks like little effort has been made. Many blog entries are missing as are some descriptions of tools in Google Sites. Pages in Google Sites fail to show understanding in many of the listed tools and navigation structure is incomplete.

F

The project lacks more than 50% of the required tools and it looks like little to no effort has been made. More than 50% of the blog entries are missing as are 50% of the descriptions of tools in Google Sites. Pages in Google Sites fail to show understanding in 50% or more of of the listed tools and navigation structure is incomplete.

Google Tools and Suggested Practical Uses

The following list contains suggestions only. You should use those as a starting point for your own work and not base your work entirely on the list below!!

  Tool Uses
1. Google searching A combination of Google Web Search Features (http://www.google.com/help/features.html) and manual searches. Compound searches, Boolean searches, Search operators (+, -, etc), synonym, domain search, site search for specific files, and numrange search
2. Google Chrome Use Google Chrome as your main browser, change themes, import IE favorites, addons
3. Google Earth Geotag at least 5 locations around the world that you have visited with photos, create a KML file. See tutorial here. Here is an article on Google Earth and how it can be used in companies
4. Gmail Use Gmail as your primary e-mail client. Advanced uses - use add-ons in Firefox to use Gmail space as external storage space. Set filters for emails
5. Google Docs Create shared documents, presentations and spreadsheets for use in courses. Demonstrate use through Edit Histories of shared material
6. Google Calendar Use Google Calendar for daily tasks and deadlines. Here are a few articles for advanced uses of Google Calendar -> #1, #2, #3, #4
7. Google Sites Create pages here to demonstrate daily or frequent use of Google tools.
8. Google Finance Keep track of investments, currencies, financial news Dubai and the UAE. Article on advanced uses is here.
9. Blogs Use this for your primary method of recordkeeping and reflection
10. Google Blog Search Use RSS with blog search to subscribe to relevant blogs
11. Google Picasa and Picasaweb Manage your photo albums through Picasa and Picasaweb. Use advanced filtering in web albums. Use face tagging for albums. Edit images with Picasa.
12. Facebook  
13. Twitter  
14. Social Bookmarking Create and share stacks
15. Google Reader Set up RSS feeds on personal or curriculum-related content.
16. Drives on the "cloud" Use these to store course-related data as backup. Sync between PC and smartphone.

Examples

These are examples of previous students blogs and sites. These are all excellent - students have met and exceeded the criteria for the Google Practical project.

Blogs Google Sites
Blog 1 ** Sites 1 **
Blog 2 ** Sites 2 **
Blog 3 ** Sites 3 **