Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hey SecondLife watch out SmallWorlds is coming - 2nd June 2008

A group of techies from Auckland New Zealand may have come up with the virtual world that the web has been calling for - doing away with all of those downloads that are needed by 'other' virtual spaces and offering a world which you build within your browser - with a distinct url which you can share with your friends .The world which you can customise ( design your own avatar) and build will have the ability to play videos from Youtube and other sites which you will be able to invite friends in to view (possibility of online presentations ). There will be a chat facility, and the possibility of taking part in competitions/online games with other users.
SmallWorlds has been on beta test,but is scheduled to go 'live' on Monday 2nd June. Above is the latest entry from their blog. The SmallWorld gang have given their brainchild a good 12months of testing which hopefully will mean that what we get on launch should be a very slick product. As someone who tried several times to come to grips with SecondLife and largely failed, I am certainly looking forward to the launch of SmallWorlds ( the fact that it comes from New Zealand is an added bonus).
Just for now you will have to take the SmallWorlds tour to whet your appetite!
Thanks to Lee Davis (sivadeel) for the heads up on SmallWorlds.

A Moblog from Cafe Nero (updated with thoughts on HP Mini-note)

This is the first Mobile blog post made from a coffee shop in Abergavenny (ooh advertising!) while enjoying a latte.Yes I am the geek in the corner with the laptop, on not free wi-fi. Then of course just as MrsH arrives fresh from having her hair done....... I ran out of wirelsss credit!!!!!
Above Deb and Sian ( who who is off the Camp Lake Hubert in Minnesota for the summer with Camp America)
...The result that this moblog post was posted from home (on the patio so technically still mobile?) some 4 hours later after some much needed grass cutting.
**Bargain of the day for UK readers the Asus 701 (4GB) in Curry's Digital (Dixons!) £219 -My guess is that anyone looking to buy a setof 10 or more of the little beasts could probably drive a good bargain as they need to get rid of the 'old stock'!

*Reference my previous posts on the mini notebooks,following a comment from Kellett School in Hong Kong regarding their decision making on purchasing sets of notebooks, I must look at the HP Mini note
This video and blog post originally posted on the LaptopMag site
.......along with the other competitors from Dell and MSI

Thursday, May 22, 2008

OLPC and Eeepc900 (update- updated with OLPC 2.0

(photograph taken by my colleague Tim Millwood on his iPhone and TwitPic'ed to Twitter)

We got the chance at the IB today to put the new Eeepc900 ( this example actually arrived the day before and is my new toy) against the OLPC ( purchased in November by the IB in North America under their get on give on scheme *), and my don't they look a handsome pair? Definitely aimed at different audiences, but together showing the way things have to go in order to get anywhere near one laptop per child in education. Both full of open source software and running Linux operating systems allowing them to be sold at a low price. Size is also important!! I mean of course, that their notebook size enables them to be carried around much more easily than a standard laptop, the functionality and connectivity ( both wireless devices) of both allied to their laptop-ness takes them beyond the pda method of personal computing ( I look forward to looking into this further at the Handheld Learning Conference at the Barbican -Oct13th-15th).
But back to the micro laptops:
The OLPC certainly scores well on its durable/rugged build allowing it to be proof against rain and being dropped (both use solid state flash drives) - it also scores well on its battery life ( the screen can be viewed without back light allowing even further battery saving) and can even be hand charged if necessary. On software it is certainly well targeted towards the 7-11 age range, I was particularly impressed by the Squeak E-Toys programming software and the range of music software.
above- Squeak Etoys screen
A winner also for the OLPC is its sharing ability. It is able to seek out and show visually on screen where other OLPC's are that are in range, these machines can then talk to each other and pupils and teachers can share files and work collaboratively on projects.
* The give one get one initiative in the US meant that everyone who bought one knew that an OLPC was being donated to a child who had previously never had a laptop/computer in a developing country.
How does the Eeepc900 shape up against the OLPC, it shares the Linux operating system - though you can get an Eeepc and OLPC with Windows if you really want to - which takes up more memory and I guess will operate more slowly, a bit of a no brainer! I have seen it working with Ubuntu as the operating system. It also uses entirely Open Source software( see my previous post on the 900) This device is aimed at slightly older kids than the OLPC- it is for the generation who store thier work on GoogleDocs and need The Periodic Table, Planetarium and the maths and science software - my guess is from 12-99 ( certainly includes this 50 year old!!!). Screen size compares well with the OLPC, screen resolution seems a bit sharper on the Asus ( although it cannot operate with the back lighting off), battery life is an issue and I plan to run it from 100% out to see how it matches up to Asus's claimed 3.5 hours. ( the Asus was tested by listening to the latest EdTechRoundup podcast (episode 5) on VLE's in education and streaming Internet radio(BBC radio 4 of course!) both using a wireless connection and trying to prevent the screen going into sleep mode, the result starting at 9am was that the Asus finally auto shutdown with a dead battery at 11.53am - giving me 2hours and 53 mins battery life from a full overnight charge)The Asus is aimed more at being that device you will carry in your bag in order to keep up with emails and post blogs and photographs onto the Internet from an increasing amount of free wi-fi spots. In other words the Eeepc is much more of a personal notebook than an education tool.
Both are very impressive, and I must admit that even though the price point of the Eeepc takes it very close to low end laptops - the sheer ease of carrying it around more than makes up for its limitations.
There are more of these notebooks coming to the market (Elonex One - oooh ugly!!!) this niche will as if it hasn't already become a very competitive area of the market place and the OLPC and Asus Eeepc family certainly have a great head start on the competition.
I guess it's all in the timing, just as we report on the OLPC and ASUS, out come OLPC with their version2, which certainly looks very slick in these pictures from the Techcrunch report ( A striking E book and a step in the right direction). It certainly looks the part with 2 touch sensitive screens one of which can operate as a keyboard for normal use or as a additional screen for paired work. The new device seems aimed at being a genuine E book, view here the video of the release of the OLPC2.0

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Guest Post by Heather Johnson


Top 10 Online Collaboration Tools for Distance Education

Distance education offers many benefits to students, though there are some unique challenges that accompany online learning. Thanks to the advent of Web 2.0, there are new educational tools being designed all the time. Collaboration programs are perhaps the most useful to both students and educators, as they help to open channels in a more traditional way. Below are 10 collaboration tools that have proven to be effective for improving distance education.

  1. Whiteboard– Whiteboard is a free online tool that allows users to share Web-based documents. You can compare changes and easily revert back to a previous incarnation of the documents, as well. This is a great way for teachers and students to work together on projects.
  2. Vyew – This free service provides live conferencing and collaboration, which makes the site invaluable to both students and business professionals. With Vyew, teachers and students can meet online for presentations, Webinars and more.
  3. Basecamp – Designed by the same company that made Whiteboard, this collaboration tool is actually a high-volume project manager. This program can allow teachers to assign work to students and will serve as a central hub for everyone to upload their finished work.
  4. FirstClass - This collaboration suite is popular with both K-12 and higher education teachers. Here, teachers can assign work and host class materials in one online place. Likewise, students can upload their work and start their own Web pages.
  5. Gliffy – Gliffy is a collaboration program that is designed for sharing flow charts, diagrams, technical drawings and more. It is perfect for distance courses related to business, architecture and any other subjects that use such materials.
  6. SLATE – SLATE, or Strategic Learning and Teaching Environment, is used by both distance educators and traditional teachers who wish to integrate the Internet with classroom instruction. It allows teachers to build Web pages for students to visit and retrieve assignments and worksheets.
  7. Mindomo – Known as "mind mapping" software, Mindomo allows teachers and students to share their brainstorming. The program aims to increase productivity and aid project management.
  8. Notecentric – Take notes and organize them online for sharing with Notecentric. This can be helpful for fellow classmates when collaborating on projects. Also, it is now available as a Facebook application.
  9. NoteMesh – Another note-sharing program, this service allows college students to share their lecture notes with each other in a wiki style. NoteMesh refers to itself as the Wikipedia for classroom notes.
  10. WebOffice – Similar to FirstClass, this virtual environment hosts live meetings for collaboration between teachers and students in real time.


By-line:

This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who is an industry critic on the subject of university reviews. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323@gmail.com.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Have you ever been frustrated by a Google search?

It's the occasion that you need to find out a vital point and you do what everyone does these days, and Google it........ and back some 15,000,450 answers which work on a percentage basis on the words you have used in your search!!! what we need is a natural search engine which looks at the way language is used in a question, and more over actually seems to understand the question...
Could the answer be at hand.... well perhaps according to Mike Butcher (12th May)over at TechCrunch with his article from 13th May where he discusses the merits of PowersetSee this Vimeo video of Powerset in action "Powerset’s first product is a search and discovery experience for Wikipedia, launched in May 2008. Powerset’s technology improves the entire search process. In the search box, you can express yourself in keywords, phrases, or simple questions. On the search results page, Powerset gives more accurate results, often answering questions directly, and aggregates information from across multiple articles. Finally, Powerset’s technology follows you into enhanced Wikipedia articles, giving you a better way to quickly digest and navigate content."
In the TechCrunch article Mike goes on to talk about a British company also in the field True Knowledge based in Cambridge, I must admit if their product, currently in Beta testing ( apply by email to TrueKnowledge from the website) if it lives up to their video it will outshine Powerset
- I tried some of the search questions from TrueKnowledge out on Powerset and it wasn't terribly impressive or intuitive... as it is at present using the wikepedia database does not seem to allow it to be as intuitive as it needs to be.
I am sure that as this semantic web development gathers pace more of these application will appear, and I am sure that the big guns - Google and Yahoo are looking at which they need to be considering for their own future ...... they may be Googled themselves..... perhaps in the long term - The king is dead, long live The King!

K12 Online 2008

Over the past 2 years the K12 Online conference has been variously described, but one of the most telling ways is when teachers say .... "Getting involved in K12 Online has been the best Professional Development I have had since I started teaching" You may ask how do I know this to be true? It's really quite simple, it's my own quote.

It is true for anyone who may be slightly unsure as to whether using new technology in their classroom and teaching listening/ viewing the inspirational presentations by teaching colleagues will surely give many the courage to take those first few tentative steps into global connectivity.

There is also the opportunity to take part, get involved in live synchronous discussions and fireside chats where you can ask what may seem the 'dumb question', which is actually more often than not the question which gets to the sharp point of the issue.

K12Online08- Call for Proposals-Amplifying Possibilies

K12badgeWe are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the third annual “K12 Online Conference” for educators around the world interested in the use of web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice. This year’s conference is scheduled for October 20-24 and October 27-31 of 2008, and will include a pre-conference keynote during the week of October 13. The conference theme for 2008 is “Amplifying Possibilities.” Participation in the conference (as in the past) is entirely free. Conference materials are published in English and available for worldwide distribution and use under a Creative Commons license. Some changes in the requirements for presentations are being made this year and are detailed below. The deadline for proposal submission is June 23, 2008. Selected presentations will be announced at NECC 2008 in San Antonio, Texas, USA on July 2.

OVERVIEW:

As in past years, K12 Online 2008 will feature four “conference strands,” two each week. Two presentations will be published in each strand each day, Monday through Friday, so four new presentations will be available each day over the course of the two weeks. Including the pre-conference keynote, a total of 41 presentations will be published. Each twenty minute (or less) presentation will be shared online in a downloadable format and released simultaneously via the conference blog (www.k12onlineconference.org,) the conference Twitter account, and the conference audio and video podcast channels. All presentations will be archived online for posterity. A total of 82 past presentations are currently available from K12 Online 2006 and K12 Online 2007. If you are planning to submit a proposal, please review archived presentations from past years to determine what you might offer that is new and builds on previous work. A variety of live events will also be planned during and following the weeks of the conference.

FOUR STRANDS:

Week 1

Strand A: Getting Started

Everything you wanted to know about getting started with web 2.0 technologies for learning but were afraid to ask. The presentations in this strand will focus on specific, free tools for newcomers. Whether you have one classroom computer or a laptop for every student, digital technologies can provide new opportunities to connect with other learners, create new and exciting knowledge products, and engage students in an expanded learning process beyond the traditional “boundaries of the bell.” Teachers first introduced to Web 2.0 tools are often unaware of the new possibilities for teaching and learning afforded by the Read/Write Web. Presentations in this strand will amplify and model what is possible in terms of pedagogy, student creation of content, and collaboration. Practical classroom implementation ideas will be emphasized. Presentations will focus more on the ways new tools can be used to engage students in learning, rather than focusing exclusively on how specific tools are used. If you’ve ever felt like everyone else knows more than you about teaching with technology and you need help getting started, this is the strand for you.

Strand B: Kicking It Up a Notch

You’ve been using blogs, wikis and other technologies for awhile but perhaps haven’t seen them transform your classroom and the learning environment for your students in the ways you think they can. This strand amplifies ways new technologies can be used to transform classroom and personal learning. Rather than merely replicating traditional, analog-based learning tasks, how can digital technologies permit teacher-leaders to “infomate” learning to add greater interactivity, personal differentiation, and multi-modal exploration of curriculum topics? Fresh new approaches to using Web 2.0 tools for learning and authentic assessment will be highlighted. Presentations will explore innovative ways Web 2.0 tools can be blended together to help students create, collaborate, and share the knowledge safely on the global stage of the Internet. Maybe it’s time to share your insights and experiences with your teaching community. Join these sessions to gain insights on amplifying the possibilities of learning in your classroom and/or your professional practice.

Week 2

Strand A: Prove it

Although some teachers are excited to “amplify possibilities” using computer technologies, Web 2.0 tools, and 21st Century learning strategies in their classrooms, how do we know if these innovative instructional strategies are really working? Since information technologies and emerging brain research continue to rapidly evolve and change, it is challenging as well as vital to find current, meaningful research to undergird the learning initiatives we are using in our classrooms. What are “best practices” for teaching and learning with the new participatory media? This strand will share research results from the field that support students in using knowledge to communicate, collaborate, analyze, create, innovate, build community and solve problems. In addition, successful methods for developing and/or delivery of action research projects or research-based instruction in today’s digital world will be explored. In some cases, participants may be invited to participate in ongoing or beginning research on Web 2.0 tool use, constructivist pedagogy, or other 21st Century research issues. Educational research about emerging professional development strategies, contemporary learning theory, systemic school reform, and other current themes of educational change are also appropriate for inclusion in this strand.

Help us to examine such research questions as:

  • What does research in learning science, instructional design, informal learning, and other fields tell us about today’s learner and their success?
  • What design features must teachers incorporate into their instructional activities to support meaningful learning?
  • What is the role of assessment in today’s changing classroom? How should assessment be structured to meaningfully assess student achievement in the context of the modern classroom?

Strand B: Leading the Change

Innovative approaches to teaching and learning using web 2.0 tools are often utilized by a limited number of “early adopter” teachers in our schools. This strand seeks to amplify ways educators in a variety of contexts are serving as constructive catalysts for broad-based pedagogic change using Web 2.0 technologies as well as student-centered, project-based approaches to learning. Presentations in this strand will both showcase successful strategies as well as amplify critical issues which must be addressed for innovative learning methods to be adopted by teachers, librarians, and administrators on a more widespread basis. These issues may include (but are not limited to) issues of copyright, fair use and intellectual property, Internet content filtering, student privacy and safety issues, administrator expectations for teacher utilization of Web 2.0 tools, pilot initiatives utilizing key Web 2.0 technologies in different content areas, and innovative ways students and teachers are providing just-in-time support as well as formal learning opportunities for each other focusing on Web 2.0 tools. Successful approaches for both large and small schools, in rural as well as urban settings, will be included. This strand will explore and amplify a menu of practical ideas for educators in diverse contexts who want to continue amplifying possibilities in our schools.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

This call encourages all educators, both experienced and novice with respect to Web 2.0 learning tools, to submit proposals to present at this conference via this link. Take this opportunity to share your successes, strategies, and tips in “amplifying the possibilities” of web 2.0 powered learning in one of the four conference strands.

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 23, 2008 at midnight GMT. You will be contacted no later than July 2, 2008 regarding your proposal’s status. The conveners reserve to right to reposition a presentation in another strand if they believe it is best placed elsewhere. As in past years, conveners will utilize blind review committees to evaluate all submissions.

Presentations for K12Online08 must conform to the following requirements:

  1. Presentations must be a single media file of twenty minutes or less in length.
  2. Presentations must be submitted in a downloadable and convertable file format (mp3, mov, WMV, FLV, m4a, or m4v.) Presenters wanting to use an alternative format should contact their respective strand convener in advance.
  3. Presentations are due two weeks prior to the week the relevant strand begins. (Week 1 presentations are due Monday, October 6, Week 2 presentations are due Monday, October 13.)
  4. Presentations must be submitted only one time and on time. Early submissions are welcomed! Repeat submissions (with changes and additional edits) will not be accepted. Presenters should proof carefully before submitting!
  5. All presentations will be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

The following are optional but encouraged presentation elements:

  1. Prior to September 13th, presenters are invited to submit a “teaser” (maximum video or audio file length: 3 minutes) about their presentation. This can be any type of online artifact and does not have to be downloadable. Examples may include videos, animations, posters, audio interviews, etc.
  2. In addition to marketing the presentation, teasers can be designed to encourage and solicit community input related to the presentation topic in advance of the presentation submission deadline.
  3. View teaser examples from 2007 at http://k12online07.wikispaces.com/Teasers
  4. Supplementary materials supporting presentations are welcomed. These can be wikis with supporting material links, linked examples of student projects, school district exemplary initiatives, social bookmarking collections, and/or other related content.
  5. Follow-up projects and/or live interaction opportunities for conference presentations which further amplify the possiblities of the presentation topic may be included. (This can include sharing and building of content prior to, during and after the conference.)

As you draft your proposal, you may wish to consider the presentation topics listed below which were suggested in the comments on the K-12 Online Conference Blog:

  • Special needs education
  • Creative Commons, Intellectual Property, Copyright and Fair Use
  • Student voices
  • Community involvement
  • Games in education
  • Specific ideas, tips, mini lessons centered on pedagogical use of web 2.0 tools
  • Overcoming institutional inertia and resistance
  • Aligning Web 2.0 and other projects to national standards
  • Getting your message across
  • How web 2.0 can assist those with disabilities
  • ePortfolios
  • Classroom 2.0 activities at the elementary level
  • Teacher/peer collaboration
  • Authentic assessment
  • Overcoming content filtering issues
  • Navigating “open web” versus “closed web” publishing of student work

Prospective presenters are reminded that the audience of the K12 Online Conference is global in nature and diverse in their educational context. For this reason presentations and presentation materials which address issues from a variety of perspectives are welcomed.

EVALUATION

Acceptance decisions will be made based on RELEVANCE, SIGNIFICANCE, ORIGINALITY, QUALITY, and CLARITY. Borrowing from the COSL 2008 call for proposals:

A submission is RELEVANT when

  • it directly addresses the conference and strand themes

A submission is SIGNIFICANT when

  • it raises and discusses issues important to improving the effectiveness and/or sustainability of 21st Century teaching and learning efforts, and
  • its contents can be broadly (globally) disseminated and understood

A submission is ORIGINAL when

  • it addresses a new problem or one that hasn’t been studied in depth,
  • it has a novel combination of existing research results which promise new insights, and / or
  • it provides a perspective on problems different from those explored before

A submission is of HIGH QUALITY when

  • existing literature is drawn upon, and / or
  • claims are supported by sufficient data, and / or
  • an appropriate methodology is selected and properly implemented, and / or
  • limitations are described honestly

A submission is CLEARLY WRITTEN when

  • it is organized effectively, and / or
  • the English is clear and unambiguous, and / or
  • it follows standard conventions of punctuation, mechanics, and citation, and / or
  • the readability is good

KEYNOTES:

The first presentation in each strand will kick off with a keynote by a well known educator who is distinguished and knowledgeable in the context of their strand. Keynoters will be announced shortly.

CONVENERS:

  • Darren Kuropatwa is currently Department Head of Mathematics at Daniel Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is known internationally for his ability to weave the use of online social tools meaningfully and concretely into his pedagogical practice. Darren’s professional blog is called A Difference (http://adifference.blogspot.com). He will convene Getting Started.
  • Dean Shareski is a Digital Learning Consultant for Prairie South School Division in Saskatchewan, Canada. Dean is an advocate for the use of social media in the classroom. To that end he works with teachers and students in exploring ways to make learning relevant, authentic and engaging. He also is a part time sessional lecturer for the University of Regina. He is celebrating his 20th year as an educator. Dean blogs at (http://ideasandthoughts.org). Dean will convene Kicking It Up A Notch.
  • Sheryl Nusbaum-Beach, a 20-year educator, has been a classroom teacher, charter school principal, district administrator, and digital learning consultant. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching preservice teachers at The College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA), where she is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in educational planning, policy and leadership. As the cofounder of the Powerful Learning Practice Network she helps schools and teachers from around the world use community as a powerful tool for systemic change. You can find out more on her website at www.21stcenturycollaborative.com. She will convene Prove It.
  • Wesley Fryer is an educator, author, digital storyteller and change agent. He summarizes his ongoing work with educators and students in social media environments with the statement, “I’m here for the learning revolution.” His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education. Social media sites to which Wes contributes are listed on http://claimid.com/wfryer. Wes will convene Leading the Change.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about any part of this call for proposals, please contact one of us:

  • Darren Kuropatwa: dkuropatwa {at} gmail {dot} com
  • Dean Shareski: shareski{at} gmail{dot} com
  • Sheryl Nusbaum-Beach: snbeach {at} cox {dot} net
  • Wesley Fryer: wesfryer {at} pobox {dot} com

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Invasion of the Weblin's!!!!


Down at the bottom of the Firefox browser window you can see a collection of weblin avatars, in fact my avatar is strangley still there with a 'friend' called master as I type this message. They appear to be a little like the screen 'Petz' that kids were encouraged to download onto their PC's about 10 years ago ( they had to feed tham and look after them a little like the Tamagotchi's of around the same vintage).
These avatars can communicate via speech bubble and actions, and there are a number of different rooms that you can visit.... if you feel brave enough. It is a bit like having the avatars from Second Life walk out of the programme onto the bottom of your browser and have a converstaion. The site appears to have originated in Germany but is now translated into 8 languages from its main home page.
It appears to be the kind of application which could become a very weird place late in the evening!!! It is like Second Life in that when you first arrive you have to find someone to talk to, it appears that some web addresses are more populated than others - as I type there are just 2 of us still here whereas over at the weblin site there appears to be some kind of party going on - now this would make more popular sites an interesting place to meet..... I guess that once you have an idea on who your friends are, you could invite them to meet say at a particular website for a discussion on the latest posts in real time - which could be cool for those of us whose machines are too old to allow us into Second Life itself.

Not sure how distracting it will be to have this going on..... all I can say is download your avatar and have a go..... it might be something useful or just a passing fad, I am off to see where the party is going on see you later.... now where did my avatar get to - come on pj23harry we're off to a party, it's Saturday night :-)

EdTech Bookmarks - Saturday 10th May

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Diigo V3 Social Bookmarking and more

My guess is that most people reading this blog have been using an online bookmarking system such as Del.icio.us for quite a while now. It is a great way to organise sites you visit and categorise them with tags. You can also find friends tags and share bookmarks.
I would like you to consider a newcomer ( well sort of - it has open to the general publicquite recently, but was around in 2007) - it's DiigoV3.
Diigo V3 gives an extra dimension to social bookmarking by enabling communities to grow around topics.

In other words the bookmarking is the same, but you have the added dimension of a social networking facility built into the Diigo environment.
Diigo themselves on their blog have got a bit worried about whether Diigo is will become too much like other social networks where it simply becomes a way to find your friends online and continue the conversation. Diigo seems to come at things from the completely opposite angle, in fact you find groups through what you are reading ( blogs etc) and bookmarking, the chance is then to discuss the issues that are relevant to you.

The other major advantage among many is that it is not the type of instant hit that some social networking addicts are craving, as a result it appears to be developing some interesting communities around educational themes.
It also means that you can have your social bookmarking and your networking group in one place on the web cutting down the searching around.... definitely worth considering, as usual the sign up takes seconds.
Another site which is useful and slanted more towards business networking however it also has a large edtech community would be LinkedIn. Within the LinkedIn site you start off by building your profile, which involves describing the things that interest you or work related areas. Once you have done this your profile becomes a little like your calling card, you can also find current friends/colleagues in the LinkedIn education community and join in the discussions.Others to consider ( for balance ) would be something like Pownce Where you can form communities, chat and share files.
There is also Jaiku, which has just joined the Google stable, I guess we will be hearing more about Jaiku soon! However the group here get away a little from the notion that I began with, that of using bookmarking as a means of forming communities online.

One very important thing to do and one that in my haste I often forget, is to tag your 'stuff' in some way. There was a parallel discussion going on within online communities about developing rubrics for tagging, I don't know if the issue was ever resolved, perhaps if someone who was involved would like to let me know I can add the results of the discussions to this post.


Saturday, May 03, 2008

Social Networking -The truth??

This link came courtesy of Desertjul ( Twitter ) and is to be found at the Current.com site which is where you should look if the video fails to play.I watched it with my web aware 17 year old daughter and 2 generations got it!!!! How cool is that??
Great video from Super Josh - Creator / Director of SuperNews. Enjoy- I think you'll like it :-)




** you will need to re code the video using a YouTube model in order to play it in Blogger **

The entry was posted on an Asus 701 4G


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