I am using this feature at NECC quite a bit - you can turn bookmarks into webslides. It is very useful and helpful!
Just started the discussion for the viral pd session at NECC over at the NECC 2008 Ning -- watching some interesting discussions take place -- join in and converse. If you have a session, you're asked to create a discussion -- I hope they'll show us our tags so that we can tag and find sessions easily.
Business people and management should read this article about the transformation of business by using workplace communities.
"Workplace communities are designed to solve workplace-related challenges" -- they focus on tasks. I would find it interesting to see a business REALLY use technology to change things.
Having the business in a business network (OK a NING) and let people tag their posts with the business related PROBLEMS they are having and blog, video, or photograph it-- the tag cloud would tell the business IMMEDIATELY what the problems are in the company.
The problem with this model is that there are few corporate executives who REALLY want to know the problems within their organizations. They don't want to be problem solvers, just opportunity creators.
However, when managers open their eyes (and I'm a former General Manager myself) and see that two things give business opportunity: problem solving and innovation. And they are directly related. True innovation solves problems.
Read this article and think about how you may solve problems using the networks you may now create. If you don't want everyone to know, keep it private and only allow people in your company in.
What has not changed significantly, however, is the nature of human interactions in business – email, conference calls, and presentations by experts to non-experts are still the dominant means of interaction
the Internet has morphed from a presentation medium to an interactive platform in just a few years
a leading web analysis site
more than 50 percent of Americans aged 20-30 years old use Facebook
among Americans under the age of 35, social networking and user-generated content sites have overtaken TV as a primary media.
“Visitors to MySpace.com and Friendster.com generally skew older, with people age 25 and older comprising 68 and 71 percent of their user bases, respectively.”
We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift where individuals are indeed connecting “in ways and at levels that [they] haven’t done before”
orkplace communities are designed to solve workplace-related challenges
talent management is about finding, developing, and retaining key talent within the organization
Ernst & Young, for instance, has a significant presence on Facebook in support of its recruiting efforts
Google, Home Depot, Enterprise Rent a Car, and Deloitte also are recruiting using Web 2.0 tools through YouTube videos and even alumni social networks
“If companies keep social networks out, they will be doing a significant disservice to their bottom lines
Between 2000 and 2020, 75 million Boomers will reach retirement age.
The only content service with mass adoption (greater than 50 percent) was Social Networking, and this was only among respondents under the age of 35.”
In addition, Millennials are the first generation to spend more hours online per week than watching TV (16.7 vs 13.6).
some of the characteristics of Millenials, which included a desire to work in “[open] and flat organizations” as “part of a tribe.”
“heavy use of technology (messaging, collaboration, online learning) as a daily part of their work lives.”
robust and active communities will have an easier time recruiting talented Millennials
they have opportunities to meaningfully connect to their peers and supervisors.
A retiring Boomer who is an expert in a particular field could be an excellent community manager, blogger, or wiki contributor.
Excellent overview from Jeremiah about the use of twiter to backchannel at a conference. Backchanneling is something I think that is very important, but there is very definitely a best practice.
Here were my comments to Jeremiah:
"I am a classroom teacher and LOVE the backchannel (they are great for test reviews -- like group notes and more) and won't do a conference presentation without one, that being said, I wouldn't use twitter for it.
Like you said, many people don't use twitter or get it.
I like to create a "backchannel room" so that it is archived and recruit ahead of time at least two people:
1) A backchannel "moderator" - they answer questions and I call on them several times to ask for their summary of what is going on in the backchannel (this is when I'm the main presenter)
2) A google jockey -- they drop the links I'm talking about in the backchannel chat.
I also like to ask the people in the backchannel to share best practice and what they are doing. I've had people comment that the one hour with a backchannel and me presenting was more meaningful than a whole day at a conference. (More compliments to the backchannel, I'm sure.)
I've seen backchannels handled very poorly and it was TERRIBLE. It was chaos. And actually downright rude to the speaker. (More like backstabbing than backchanneling.)
I've also seen it used well and it was incredible!
The archiving of the backchannel gave me rich links as a presenter and participant AND also feedback on the session which I referred to later as the presenter.
The backchannel is great -- I just like to use a backchannel ROOM especially for the session (inviting "friends" from around the world who are also watching on ustream) -- and then creating an archived copy of it.
I think backchannels are very important and you've hit on the core of what is happening in the evolution of professional development and conferences. "
I was watching twitter in real-time to gauge the audience reaction (a best practice I prescribe in how to moderate a panel) and saw two tweets, in particular this one:
so I acknowledged them in twitter, and let everyone know we would quickly shift to questions, so the audience could drive the agenda. We received over a dozen questions, and I hope the audience was satisfied, lots of good hard questions from many folks on the ground that are trying to solve these problems: getting management to agree, measuring roi, dealing with detractors, etc.
After which, I think we won him over:
Now, the next panel (Greg Narain, Brian Solis, Stowe Boyd) wasn’t traditional by any sense, it was an experiment, where we crowd-sourced the agenda to the audience –they used Twitter. Greg Narain setup an application where members from the audience could message (@micromedia2) and their tweets (comments, questions, requests, answers, and sometimes jokes made at Scoble’s expense) were seen live on the screen.
Later, I talked to the gentleman who thought the session was negative, and his reason was because he was left out, and didn’t know how to get twitter started.
we can tell as people actually took the time to blog about it
I think our culture is being overrun by big mouths & squeaky wheels. Not everyone wants to jump into the mosh pit or finds it boring to have useful information presented in a structured format.
An excellent project for 4th - 6th grade sudents from Jennifer Wagner called the Prince Caspian project which will allow teachers to collaborate with other teachers around the world about the book and the upcoming movie "Prince caspian."
This project is open to all FOURTH to SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS Worldwide between the months of April to June, 2008
The main purpose of this project is provide a way for teachers to collaborate with other teachers all over the world about the book (and soon to be released) "PRINCE CASPIAN".
A great way to get started with technology is to join in an exciting project. this project by Susan Silverman was designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning. I've heard her present and she is a pro. (Along with my friend Jennifer Wagner.)
A Collaborative Internet Project for K-5 Students
Essential Question: Why are ladybugs considered to be good luck?
This project will demonstrate lesson plans designed following principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and examples of student work resulting from the lessons. As teachers we should ask ourselves if there are any barriers to our students’ learning. We should look for ways to present information and assess learning in non-text-based formats.
Based on brain research and new media, the UDL framework proposes that educators design lessons with three basic kinds of flexibility:
1. Multiple formats and media are used to present information.
UDL calls for three goals to consider in designing lessons:
1. Recognition goals: these focus on specific content that ask a student to identify who, what, where, and when.
2. Strategic goals: these focus on a specific process or medium that asks a student to learn how to do something using problem solving and critical think skills.
3. Affective goals: these focus on a particular value or emotional outcome. Do students enjoy, and appreciate learning about the topic? Does it connect to prior knowledge and experience? Are students allowed to select and discover new knowledge?
Resources you might want to use:
Scholastic Keys, Kid Pix, Inspiration and Kidspiration, digital camera (still and video), recording narration/music, United Streaming. Let your imagination go!
This is an excellent article that has been reposted. It includes a lot of the information that outlines WHAT web 2.0 is. This includes videos and many important hyperlinks. Excellent article for newcomers to web 2.0 to pick up on.
Don Tapscott is keynoting this year's Horizon Project -- we are very excited. This is the page where he will "deliver" his keynote which will be posted some time around April 15th, 2008. Mass collaboration does change everything -- we can connect with authors such as this!
This short insightful article from Alan Levine with the new media consortium explains wikis beautifully. I love it!
‘No one has “forgotten” or “left out” anything. You just haven’t added it yet.’
Sure its messy, its not perfect alpha order, it does not contain “everything” (like there is a central authority who knows everything about every twitter user), but it has/will have a lot of value because its “collective” input.
Opensource web meeting software. Interesting.
Today on horizon, my students set up their PLN (personal learning network) in their RSS reader -- we use Netvibes although some switched to Google reader.
Here is how I will assess this:
I am assessing the students on this by having them print the page out and turn it in -- I'm also checking over their shoulders in lieu of printing -- but I may not get to everyone. -- In this blog post, I've REQUIRED 6 things on the page -- each is worth 10 points -- with 2 of those points being for a properly edited title in Netvibes (so that they may see what is what!) -- and then I have them find at least four additional sources of information for another 10 points each.
Knowing how to set up a PLN for a topic of study is a VITAL skill for the 21st century researcher. I like Netvibes because it is very simple -- one page interface.
A webcast with Diane Hammond, organizer of Yes I Can Science about her experiences organizing a blogging project between middle school science students and an astronaut on the space station. She has some interesting insights on the importance of active teacher involvement and engagement of the classroom.
I likethis graphic from Darren about the traditional classroom. I would tweak it a bit but wanted to preserve this, particularly for the students examining the impact of connecting people and usercontent on the classroom with the horizon project.
This is a great way to emped all types of documents directly into a blog post -- I'l be teseting this on my blog. This is very cool and is yet another way that people are sharing content. It is less about WHAT is being shared and more just about the fact that we can share it.
You can share and display any document (.doc, .pdf, .xls, .ppt) in your own blog or on any website where you can add embeded codes with the docstoc flash player.
This is an excellent article in education week discussing the copyright issues and how it is causing problems in schools with digital storytelling and video making as part of their work. Some recent court decision strike fear in the heart of teachers.
When teachers in a suburban-Philadelphia school district heard about the music industry’s legal victory requiring a single mother from Minnesota to pay more than $220,000 for sharing 24 songs online, the news seemed to confirm their worst suspicion: It isn’t safe to use digital media as a teaching tool.
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