Struggling with web 2.0 and kids

Ok, I know most of you think that web 2.0 is awesome, and I do too! Really, I do. Yet…(in a sort of whiny voice) I am worried about when kids use it. This blog has started changing my mind.

Thanks udsnf12! aka Matt & co.



What do YOU think about online cheating?

I saw this link from Matt Plourd’s Diigo. #udsnf12

Can you believe this? Check it out.

“We take your online class for you…and get an A.” Is this for real???

Pintrest and Twitter and Blogs, Oh My! The Yellow Brick Road of the Web.

wizard of oz 70th celebration

This blog post is in response to Mathieu Plourde’s UD course, Social Networking (SN) week 3 question.

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home” (Ken Olsen, 1977) Ok, we can find this rather funny now, but 36 years ago, this sounded reasonable. Which leads me to consider how outdated my current personal feelings might be about social networking and where we will be 36 years from now. Can you imagine it? 36 years from now? (The year will be 2048 and I don’t even want to tell you that I will be an octogenarian then!)

Will we have found the yellow brick road or the poppy field? Probably a mix, if it is like everything else.

How do we manage it, so that it does not manage us? Stephen Mangat’s video describing how he is using SN was incredibly helpful. He described how he sets up accounts to automate information dissemination and then he sticks to a schedule to do particular tasks like professional development, managing monthly tweet ideas, etc.

1. So, I think the first plan would be to develop a social networking plan with a coordinating schedule and stick to it.

And then do not drive yourself crazy by checking it ALL of the time-this is a pitfall!

2. Create some type of management dashboard.

This semester for my project I will be exploring the use of the tool Netvibes. Tools like this allow people like us who want to participate in all things web with a way to manage, in one space, our links and our social media. If anyone would like to join me in this project idea, please let me know.

3. Utilize RSS feeds and email filters.

As Matt described these two options in class, I realized that these two concepts can really help clean up and organize my inbox. I started using the email filter, but still need to explore how I want to receive rss content.

4. And, finally, we need to pre-determine how we will manage our inboxes when we finally get a chance to go offline. Maybe email filters….perhaps??

In this article, 5 Tips for Managing Information Overload, the 5th tip says to “Disconnect Often.” I think this is truly helpful, but not if we are going to go crazy dreaming of an ever-populating in-box, twitter feed and the like. If you check out that article be SURE TO READ THE COMMENTS, one person talked about “more wired, more tired” and the lack of actually doing things of substance and truly finishing tasks. It sounds very similar to our class discussion from Monday.

All the best, I wish us much brain power this semester!

Oh, and just so that you know, becuase I was taking so long to write this post, WordPress logged me out and didn’t save anything. So…I had to write it again. Lesson learned, you wiley web, you!

Reflections on The Connected Learner in a PLE


Connected (Photo credit: steven w)

My reflections after reading The Connected Learner in a PLE.

Thank you Professor Plourde for posting this on our Pintrest site. I think articles that center around “connected learners” is a great direction for us to start thinking about HOW to use these tools. When I think of the possibilities I am a bit overwhelmed and feel that we need to have our own “Connected Classroom Learning Standards/Rules/Manifesto..etc.”

We need to address these challenges:

1. How do we navigate the infinite choices that change, break, get bought/sold?

2. In what ways should we use the tools of choice? What are the best practices?

3. What privacy issues need to be addressed by the school district, the parent, future stakeholders in this child’s life?

4. How do we address this ending paragraph from this site?

  • “As proponents for the use of technology, we also realize that the noise from myriad digital distractions threatens the cognitive complexity of learning. Learners need to have the skills to know how to self-regulate the use of these tools.”

I hope that we will begin to discuss some of these questions that keep me wondering about web 2.0.


ferpa chain and lockI, Jann Sutton,  understand and accept that some of my academic work for the fall 2012 semester will be published on the open web for the work that I will be putting online as a part of the EDUC439/639 class at the University of Delaware. The home page of this open class is located at
I also pledge to leave it online until at least December 21, 2012, the end of the fall semester.
Under those terms, I waive parts of my FERPA-granted rights for the purpose of exploring social media and web 2.0, excluding private conversations with colleagues and course grades.

Social Networking Course Expectations


I need a dashboard!

I am very excited to take this course! I am looking forward to examining social networking options and their implications with the help of my instructor and classmates. In particular, I would like to understand how these tools can be used to extend student learning.  I feel that I can easily see the social relevance of many of these, but would like to better comprehend the ways these tools can be used to support learning in a meaningful way.I am also interested in effectively using organizational tools like dashboards (such as netvibes) that can help me keep everything at my fingertips.

Here we go…..   🙂

PS While I was searching for netvibes, I found a site called, Social Brite, social strategies for nonprofits. It looks like it might have useful information.