Posts tagged ‘education’

Web 2.0 distractions

I was asked to do my standard presentation on Wikis and Blogs yesterday but “to make it fun”. Well, these workshops are always fun but I thought that I could provide a new slant on this one by running through a few Web 2.0 applications and letting participants make whatever use of them they could.

I gave everyone the following handout and we worked together through each of the activities, referring along the way to what other people (myself included) had done with the tools available.

What are we doing here?

1

Create a Google account
www.google.com

2

Create an iGoogle page
www.google.com/ig

3

Add elements to your iGoogle page

4

Create a Blogger account www.blogger.com
Write about what you hope to achieve today

5

Create an avatar — a representation of yourself. Go to http://avatars.yahoo.com/ ; design an avatar with a funky background. (You will have to set up an account if you don’t use Yahoo!) Save your avatar and export to your blog.

6

Create a reader and add some RSS feeds
http://www.google.com/reader

7

Facebook http://facebook.com
Create an account, find some friends and send them a message.

8

Del.icio.us
http://del.icio.us/

9

LibraryThing
http://librarything.com

10

Picasa – organise your pictures
http://picasa.google.com/


Participants were fully absorbed throughout and I had to get stroppy to get them to stand up after a couple of hours to help themselves to coffee and biscuits.

These are only some of the activities that we do in the 23 Things programme. I’m still thinking of rolling it out to the whole college but also struggling against lack of support for such “distractions”.

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April 24, 2008 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

Getting ready for the New World

I am forever shouting the praises of Second Life in which I can learn, create, socialise and play. I joined a year ago today and my avatar took her first steps inworld when we studied a course in Virtual World Librarianship. This was so rewarding that I then went on to do the Intermediate course and have registered for Working with a Class in Second Life next month.

If you don’t know what all the hype is about read Second Life – what is the hype? a new post in the makeuseof.com blog. The writer claims that Education is one of the most progressive fields in SL and while I am still hoping that one day my college will see the light, I am preparing to offer training to our lecturers to get them ready for the new wave.

March 28, 2008 at 2:43 am Leave a comment

Training Resources

I’m always on the lookout for resources to improve information literacy training and distance education. Here are some I found in Roddy MacLeod‘s latest Information Resources Newsletter:

  1. Alternate Reality Games for Orientation, Socialisation and Induction: ARGOSI http://www.playthinklearn.net/argosi.htm
  2. Create online training http://www.create-online-training.com/
  3. ELI Discovery Tool: Net Generation Workshop Guide http://www.educause.edu/NetGenTool
  4. Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/educationandtraining/infolit/hilt/index.html

March 17, 2008 at 11:54 pm 1 comment

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