Open Participatory Environments

Overview


During this first week, we will get to know each other and engage in conversation while opening the accounts with the Social Tools we will be using during this workshop. We will also place our markers on our community walk map and post on our blogs what we noticed about these tools.

On Saturday (January 20th) we will have a synchronous round table. Guest speaker Clarence Fisher.Skypecast at 12:00 (midday) GMT. Check your time.
LINK TO RECORDING MAY BE RETRIEVED HERE.

Activities

Getting ready
  1. Post a short introductory message to our Yahoo Group, giving some information about yourself, what you do, why you have joined our workshop. Tell us what an open and participatory environment means to you and socialize with the other participants.
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  1. Download Flock (the social browser) and by making use of it throughout the course, check whether this may be an interesting option for you.
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  1. Open accounts on: Wordpress, Bloglines, Flickr, 43Places, (only need to open the account on one of them - the same user name and password can be used to log into the next two): 43Things and 43People , Community Walk and Suprglu.
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  1. Configure your Wordpress blog. If you have any questions, refer to the tutorial/faq page for this week. Add the links to your personal accounts to the Wordpress blogroll under the category My Portfolio. See example
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  1. Note down any problems you may have had and your first impressions on your Wordpress blog where you will also open a page (static) with your bio and photo or avatar.
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  1. Write your name, time zone, Skype and Yahoo ID and the url of your newly opened blog in the Participants' page of our wiki.
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  1. Add a marker to our our Community Walk map
    Remember you must be logged into your Community Walk account to be able to post your info on our map (link above). Just click on the map, zoom to your region, street, building :-) and add the marker (choose the colour according to the theme of your post) by clicking on the marker tab and again where you want to place it. You may add text, images, video and sound.
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Discussion

Discuss the features of social tools on your blog...
  • What have you noticed about the various platforms that you have opened accounts on?
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* What do they have in common? How do they differ?
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  • What is your perception of open and participatory environments?
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* Why do you think they are called 'open' and 'participatory'?
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Benchmarks

I have...
  • posted an introductory message to our YahooGroup
  • downloaded Flock and familiarized myself with its features
  • opened accounts with: wordpress (my blog for this session), 43Places, 43Things, 43People, Flickr, Bloglines (blog aggregator), Community Walk
  • configured my Wordpress blog, opened an about page with my bio and photo, added the category My Portfolio + the links to my personal social tool accounts underneath (blogroll area in the Wordpress dashboard)
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* added the URL of my wordpress blog to the participants' page and a marker to our COMMUNITY WALK MAP
  • posted my observations and reflections about the discussion questions on my blog

Readings

Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0 Tools: Part 3 gives a very good overview of all the Web 2.0 tools and their applications in teaching and learning that we will be covering in this workshop.

Recommended

Go to the tutorial/FAQ page for week 1. There are a couple of excellent tutorials on blogging, articles explaining aggregators and rss feeds, as well as two excellent videos on Web 2.0 and language learning. Find something that is interesting and useful for you.