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Open Participatory Environments

versus Learning Management Systems

Overview

During this week, you will aggregate all your personal blogs and other participants' into your Bloglines account, comment on the discussions from previous week and point out any problems you may have had with configuring or finding your way with the social tools.

We would also like you to play the photographer with your digital camera (if you do not have one, borrow it from a friend!) and take a few shots.Give wings to your imagination when posting to 43Things, 43Places and 43People!
Discuss the questions on your blogs.
On Friday, January 26th at 22:00 GMT (check your time) , we have a synchronous round table with guest speaker: Aaron Campbell at Learning Times. Click here for the recording of the presentation.

Activities


a) Aggregate & Blog


Aggregate other participants' blogs to your Bloglines account, make your feeds public, read and comment on other people's blogs
  • log into your Bloglines account and aggregate other users.You may want to open one folder for your personal feeds and another one for participant feeds. If you are not sure how and why to do it, check the tutorial /faq page for this week.
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* read what your colleagues have posted on their blogs from your Bloglines window.
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  • comment on the ones that relate to you, either by adding some words in the comment area of other people's blogs or by bringing the discussion to your own blog, quoting and linking to the original source. Remember that blogging is all about referencing, linking and aggregating.
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b) Flickr

Upload photo(s) to Flickr, tag, CC license them, join pools, configure your account to use with your blog and post photo directly from Flickr

  • Take a (or some) photograph(s) from the window of your workplace or home.
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* Upload it to Flickr, giving it a title, writing a short description and tagging it with the keywords you see fit
  • (please add owp2007 to tag all photos and posts for this workshop).
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* Add a Creative Commons License to it. If not sure which and why, check the tutorial page.
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* Make yourself a member of the Everyday Scenes and Holiday Surprises pool/group. Send pictures to these pools and remember to tag them owp2007.
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  • Configure Flickr to post pics and text directly to your blog.
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* Blog a picture directly from Flickr to your blog.


c) Social Sites

Configure your other Social Sites to post directly from them to your blog and aggregate them to Suprglu.

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* Make a list of things, places and people and post an entry.on the different platforms
(they should appear on your blog as well - tag them owp2007)
  • Bring all your bits and pieces (your personal URLs) to Suprglu (Wordpress, Flickr, 43Things, People and Places and other personal sites you want to aggregate)
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* Add your Suprglu feed to your personal folder in Bloglines so other people can have access to it and get the feed.
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d) Flock

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* Blog your reflections from Flock (your browser) to your Wordpress blog.
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Discussion

Discuss on your blog the possibilities that open and participatory environments offer...

  • What are the differences you see between traditional learning systems (LMS) and open participatory environments?
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* How do you think can you effectively promote open participatory skills in your teaching?
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  • What may be the benefits and the constraints that open environments bring?
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* How do you think students will react when they are introduced to these new environments?
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Benchmarks

I have...

  • aggregated other participants' blogs to my Bloglines account
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* read and commented on some of the other participants' thoughts and ideas
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  • uploaded photos to Flickr, tagged them, added a Creative Commons Licence, joined the pools of interest and posted pictures to them.
  • configured Flock to upload photos directly to Flickr and to post from Flock to Wordpress.
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* reflected on this week's questions on the pedagogy of social tools to discuss them during the round table on Friday evening.
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  • posted the ideas on my blog.
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Readings


Read about the Flat Classroom Project on Cool Cat Teacher Blog and comment one aspect of the project that really appealed to you or put you off.
Consider the following questions for this week's discussion:
  • Does this project help you conceptualize the application of social tools in your own teaching?
  • What are the benefits of learning through collaboration?
  • What are some of the problems that instructors/students may encounter while engaging in such projects?
  • How open is this project?