Almost 3 months ago, I began reviewing a lot of new Web 2.0 tools, that I had never tried. For me this included: Pinterest, Storify, VoiceThread, SlideShare, ScoopIt, LibraryThing, GoodReads, Delicious, and more. Out of the bunch Storify was my favorite Web 2.0 tool. I enjoy curating content, so being able to easily bring in content from different sources was great. This tool has a browser add-on which makes Storifying content even easier. The add-on has also added “Storify It” links to social site such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more. I especially like the embed capabilities of the Storify articles that are created. Decentralizing content is a must have feature these days. Give Storify a try, and let me know what you think.
Web 2.0 and social media has made our society very rich with informal learning. If there is some information, I need concerning a person, place, or thing I go to Wikipedia or do a Google search. If there is some skill I want to learn, I go to YouTube. One of my favorite websites to learn WordPress is a website called WpBeginner.com which has loads of guides, helpful resources, and really good YouTube videos. Will informal learning one day overtake, structured learning and education. Possibly yes, especially if future employment requirements place greater weight on this form of learning.
While browsing Facebook, I saw a clip of the “Ask Steve” segment of the Steve Harvey Show. After watching several clips, I came upon the following video where an audience member asked Harvey if there was a technology he couldn’t live without. Harvey talked about how much he used his smartphone. Then he began talking about intrusion with the camera on these devices. He mentioned even when you tell people know, they still take the picture. I can attest to this, most times people will take pictures on various occasions and post those pictures without asking if it’s okay. To many, I believe they feel the mere act of taking the picture gives permission to post on social media, but we must be mindful of our friends and family’s privacy.
As I have spent the last 10 weeks studying Web 2.0 based learning, I whole heatedly agree that this type of instruction definitely takes much more time to develop, facilitate, and grade. This may be why I haven’t had any Web 2.0 based lessons as a graduate student until recently. The following video is a nice case study of a Social Informatics (Technology Impact) class taught by Lubna Alam at the University of Canberra. The instructor said, “I was using these tools in the unit as a way of how they (her students) can question the value of these tools by using the tools themselves.” This teaching strategy is very similar to my class at Florida State University which is taught by Dr. Vanessa Dennen. We have explored and had exposure to many Web 2.0 tools, our class has a twitter hashtag, and we have a class blog. Our assignments and projects incorporate the use of tools we have explored, and we’ve have definitely gotten the opportunity to know each other better because of interacting with these tools. We have to be prepared if we decide to use Web 2.0 for instruction. Ms. Alam provides the following helpful tips. [Read more...]
As potential creators of Web 2.0 driven websites and instruction, an episode of Shark Tank provided a good dose of reality for those seeking funding. None of the sharks liked Lori Cheek’s pitch of her online dating service Cheek’d. Basically she wants to give a little realness to online dating. If someone sees a person they’re interested in, they hand the person a nameless card with a pickup line and their unique profile code. The receiver of the card goes onto the Cheek’d website and enters the code which reveals some basic information about the card giver. At that point if the two people “have chemistry” they can choose to reveal much more information about each other.
One of the main reasons why the sharks did not like Lori’s offer is because she had very low sales after 3 years of running the business. Lori’s excuse was the fact that her website did not work properly from her business’ start date. Several of the sharks mentioned that Lori was not facing reality that her business concept was flawed. For the most part, I agreed with the sharks. As we try to create Web 2.0 driven content, I think we need to use this example as motivation for setting realistic, obtainable goals with a deadline for accomplishing them. We need to be open to constructive criticism and move on after a project has been unsuccessful, or after we’ve heard from several people to try something different.