Posts Tagged ‘collaborative’

site: Google Wave – wikipedia
site: About Google Wave – Google

clip: What is Google Wave? – epipho
clip: Google Wave Collaboration Tool – wwwinsanelygreatmac
clip: Google Wave Preview Review “Revolutionise Email”? – mobilephone2003

Yesterday I got my developers ‘sneak peak’ version of the long-promised Google Wave… I have to say that I like it a lot better than wiki for the tasks I’m thinking of using it for.

My first thought is to use this as a curriculum development tool – allowing SME‘s (Subject Matter Experts) and an Instructional Designer (or ID Coordinator) to get together and work synchronously or nonsynchronously on developing courses, units, reading materials, etc.

I can see potential in the future to write the use of this tool into assessments – specially for group work, but also perhaps a way of revising ‘how’ a doument was built (because of the ‘playback’ mode).

Will it kill email? – not convinced, but I can see that it would be a helpful tool in collaborative work. Still won’t be useful for emailing out my Christmas newsletter with pictures of my dogs.


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site: Wikipedia – by Wikipedia
site: Academic Papers on Wikipedia – by Wikipedia
site: Wikipedia Watch – critical look at Wikipedia
site: Principles and Patterns of Social Knowledge Applications – a paper on Wikipedia
clip: Trailer 1 from “Truth in Numbers: The Wikipedia Story”

I think you have worked out by now that I tend to use Wikipedia links to help explain jargon, conceptual and technical words and issues. So, in principal, I’m a fan of using Wikipedia.

Where this gets interesting, though, is siting Wikipedia as an academic source of information.

Do we trust Wikipedia – which is produced by ‘the masses’?
Or do we disown Wikipedia in favour of academically peer-reviewed works – therefore, produced by ‘the few and elite’?

My own view is that with ALL sources, it needs to be measured – for bias, for its own sources, for relevancy, for reliability. I like using Wikipedia as a first step in research, it tells me the basics and then I dig further into the sources mentioned at the end of the article.

In my own study, the academics will not accept Wikipedia being sited, so I leave it out of the bibliography.

– That being all tertiary… should Wikipedia be accepted as source for Primary or Secondary schools?

– Is Wikipedia more up-to-date (and so ‘correct’) then those huge collections of encyclopedia that collect dust in the reserve section of the library – and requires yearly ‘updates’ that never get used?

– Wikipedia is certainly more accessable then other encyclopedia, but is that a good thing?

– Is the collective might always right when it comes to ‘truth’ – or does that lead to being revisionist? is being revisionist wrong?

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When I first saw e-Portfolios (for example – my me.edu.au portfolio also my LinkedIn page) they looked like a somewhat-interactive CV of activities and achievements. Useful, yes, but not like what the bigger e-Portfolios do.

I’ve been taking a look at a FOSS (Free Open Source Software) e-Portfolio software called Mahara AND at the same time reviewing clips on e-Portfolios (like these two clips…)

There seems to be a big difference between the ‘thing’ described in the clips (like Mahara) and what I had previously know as e-Portfolios. The e-Portfolios in the clips seem to have a huge amount of ability around networking principals in addition to the Pretty Page where someone might read a little about you.

Something to think about…
– If software like Mahara can display the ‘CV-style’ e-Portfolio, as well as have all the bells and whistles of collaborative working, should we be more likely to navigate ourselves over to this sort of system?
– How many e-Portfolios do you have? Do you keep them all up-to-date?
– Would you want different categories of people to view your e-Portfolio differently? (for example, a potential employer to see something different to a collegue)

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Social networking has finally come of age, and you can now use its force for good instead of evil. Here are two communities of professionals that you might like to take a look at…

This is a professional networking tool that lets you get in touch with a host of experts, developers, and practitioners. It is not limited to teachers, but there is a strong community of teachers using this resource to discuss and learn from each other. I’ve found it is very useful for finding answers to ICT questions – on using the technology, as well as how to use it within and without the classroom.

Focussing solely upon the education industry, the me.edu.au group is firmly attached to EdNA. Its a new community, but you’ll only get out of it what you put in; ask question and answer other’s questions, and you’ll start building something good.

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EDNA’s hands on workshops provide training in the use of online services and collaborative tools. Workshops also provide opportunities for networking with the EDNA team and other education professionals.

For more information and to register – click here.

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Blogs are a great way to ease into using Web 2.0:

  • They are easy to write and edit. They have a little toolbar a bit like Word to format text and you do not have to know html or coding to make something look good and work well.
  • It is easy to add links to other relevant sites and pages. Using the little toolbar, I can click a Link button, copy-paste in a URL, and select if it will open a new page or replace this one. By doing this, if there is a technical jargon term that I want to give you more information on – I can link to a page with that information rather than make the text of the post too long. Its a little like footnotes in academic essays, building cross-referencing into the posts.
  • Interaction! This is not like Announcements in WI Online where you can not ask questions or have something clarified or even add your two-cents in on an issue – you can comment on blog posts and get replies from others as well as the author of the post.
  • Tags and tag clouds provide another layer of useful information. Instead of each post existing on its own, tagging allows us to weave it into a web of information. As we tag posts, the cloud builds, the bigger or bolder the text, the more information we have on that subject that can be accessed. 

Questions to think about and comment on:

  1. What experience have you had with blogging before? Have you created or participated in a blog – or perhaps you are completely new to the world of blog?
  2. Can you see a use for blogging within the classroom? What would be a difference with a young Primary aged child or an older Secondary school student and the types of ways they interact with blogs?
  3. A DEEWR report on Collaboration in Teaching & Learning found that quiet and shy children were emboldened to ask questions using Social Networking tools – why do you think this would be?

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