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Draft for Session Topics

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years ago

This wiki page has been the draft and touch up area for the sessions I am offering / being asked to do for my October 2007 Australian tour. As these sessions are developed, they will be linked to the actual materials. Standard disclaimers follow--mileage may vary, batteries not include, void where prohibited, etc.

 

There Must be 50 Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story

(workshop)

Putting together a multimedia presentation can be easily done now competely online with a wide array of web sites that allow you to import media from various sources, use templates to style the output, and add text, audio, video to create a product which can be shared, republished in various ways to other web site. In this workshop, you will try out one of the 50, create a short story, and document your assessment on the tool on a shared wiki site.

 

This is less so about learning "tools" themselves, and more about the process of using text, images, and audio together to generate a powerful message.

 

Workshop Materials: http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/50+Ways

 

As a workshop:

  • Would need at least one computer to every 2-3 people, okay if they work together
  • participants should be advised to bring, if they have it available, a small collection of digital images or sound files that might be able to use (in thw workshop we show you how to find others online).
  • For as many sites as possible, I will create a generic account people can share so they dont have to generate new ones (these often involve verification by email). It's not a problem if they do so.
  • Ideally we might spent 90-120 minutes in this, but in less time, we';d go over all the process, and get people started. All the materials will be online so they can go back later and use the materials

 

As a presentation:

  • Would need projector, internet connection, and speakers to play back audio
  • Would provide an overview of the process, look at examples, and engage in a conversation about using web based media creation tools
  • Audience would leave with access to all materails to use later

 

 

Tag, We're All It

(presentation or workshop)

The rise of free form user tagging of content has been around for a few years, and the notion of a tag cloud as a navigation metaphor is not unfamiliar. But do they really work well? We can tag web sites, blog posts, photos, videos, people, books.... but tagging is not and end to itself. In this workshop, we'll explore some real world uses of tagging to organize information at an individual level and examine the potential of organizing content at a large scale.

 

A basic version of this session is to use a shared del.icio.us account for parrticipants to tag a series of educational resources to demonstrate how information can be aggregated, repurporse to other web sites via RSS. We then see how tagging works in the photo site flickr, and use its built in functionality to post an image to a blog. The whole point is to demonstrate the information gathering power of tags, and the way these sites can publish externally

 

Possible extra topics for del.icio.us include exploration of tags via networks, user tracks, tag clouds/maps, the for: tag for sharing, and 3rd party api sites.

 

Based on activities at http://wiki.elearning.ubc.ca/NauWorkshop

 

 

When all You Have is Flickr for a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Web 2.0 Nail

(presentation or workshop)

Many people are aware of flickr (http://flickr.com/) as a photo sharing site, but it so clearly demonstrates many principles of "web 2.0", that rather then do a workshop on about 50 different web applications, in this session we will explore deeper how flickr embodies examples of user created content, folksonomy, social networking. But more than that we will find that flickr can be more than a biog box of photos, as we see ways to use it for blogging, for discussion groups, creating presentations, creative writing assignments, a graphics generator, a interactive hypertext map. You will leave with a vaster knowledge of valuable things you can do with but one web 2.0 tool.

 

Based on "What Can We Do With flickr?"

 

This can be broken down to a mix and match set of specific activities using flickr (links coming soon):

 

 

As a workshop:

  • Would need at least one computer to every 2-3 people, okay if they work together
  • I will work with you to select a portion of these types of activities that would be of most interest and to fit the time frame
  • This can accomodate almost any range of time, from 45 mnutes to 3 hours

 

Small, Precious Web 2.0 Gems

(workshop)

Try something new! There are many poster children thought of when you say "Web 2.0". Flickr. del.icio.us. Digg. YouTube. Google Anything. But there are literally hundreds of other free, useful applications available for you to use. In this workshop, we will work from a framework of those giant lists of Web 2.0 applications, and spend some time exploring ones we do not know so well. Perhaps there is something for you in ToonDo, MapWing, Fauxto, Numbler, dotSub... Participants will document what they find in a public wiki to be shared in later workshops.

 

 

Being There

(presentation)

 Note-this would be a derivative of "Being There: nets, tweets, avatars..." presented in May 2007 (available on slideshare and flickr) but with fewer allusions to US pop culture.

 

How do we deal with the never ending onslaught of new technlogy, how can we face this brave new world without a sense of dread? "Keeping up" is a myth, and the way of dealing with this is creating, sustaining, and being in your extended networks of friends, colleagues, etc. Likewise, one cannot readily assess the value of new technology from the outside "looking in". This presentation will lead you through a range of examples of ways to practice more "being there-ness" so you can face technology with a child like sense of wonder.

 

This session is meant to be a bit provocative, challenging, but also inspire excitement over "web 2.0 stuff". It can bridge to almost any of these other workshops. For set up, I prefer:

 

  • A main projector, wired internet connection, and audio for sound (connected to my laptop)
  • A second projector, any PC/mac that is going to be continusly runninga desktop application called "TwitterCamp" - it dynamicallyupdates with lates posts to the online social site http://twitter.com/ -- what is needed to run this is the Adobe AIR runtime SDK  and download the CDB Twitter Camp runtime (CDBCamp.app.zip  (Mac) (Windows) This app will just run continuously.

 

Promise and Perils of Virtual Worlds

(presentation)

For quite some time, the promise of full navigable 3D environments has been an elusive vision. The age of powerful computers, faster networks, and complex environments like action video games finally make it something we can use now. And who has missed the high arcing buzz of Second Life? This presentatio will share some of the greatest potential for these environments, take you on a whilrwind tour of examples, share what the New Media Consortium has been fostering in this area, and then get to the harder questions about the unproven potential of vitual worlds. We might leave with more questions that answers, but we will have an interesting dialogue.

 

Powerful, Personal Web Portals

(workshop)

The term "portal" is kind of old Web 1.0-ish concept (remember when everything was "My_____"?) that is being reinvented using Web 2.0 technologies. Learn how to use free web tools such as Google Home Pages, PageFlakes or NetVibes to quickly and easy build custom portal-like web sites that aggregate information from multiple web sites, RSS feeds, and offer add-on "widgets" or small useful tools built into a web page; use to create topic hubs, student generated information resources, etc or to organize your own private web dashboard.

 

 

And these have been well explored by Australian educators:

Why are these powerful tools? What can they do you for? Let's explore.

 

 

 

Technologies on the Horizon

(presentation)

For the last four years, the New Media Consortium's Horizon Project highlights six technologies that are on three different time frames of becoming prevalant in higher education.  In addition to reviewing the picks for the 2007 report and looking back at the ones form 2004-2006, this session will unfold the process of how 200 some suggestions boil down to 6, and how you can participate in the next level activity of action research on them. We will also look at some results of organizations and projects that ahve used this report in various ways/  Its less about picking the "right" things from a magical crystal ball to predict the future, and more about the process of looking beyond where we are now.

 

What is on your horizon? This is intended to be only half presentation and move into a discussion/activity mode. And your ideast can feed the ongoog process of the 2008 Horizon Report, which will be in the research gathering stage during this conference.

 

Based loosely on http://www.slideshare.net/nmc/whats-in-your-horizon

 

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