megan avery and….

my web 2.0 class @ FSU

week 3 questions

1. what uses might a collaborative wiki or blog have in your chosen (current or desired) work environment? How would they support learning and/or performance?

i’ll go with desired since right now since i’m just beginning to work this into the current internship that i have. i see so many uses for a wiki or blog. for one information information information. i love it when people share things they’ve found in their travels online. or when they just talk and ask questions and discuss. so a huge benefit to either of these technologies is the chance to learn something from another, and to extend the dialogue. i’ve found so much information and help from other user forums/blogs/wiki’s myself, that i can see that there is potential in any given community.

in terms of learning and then performance, or applying what you are learning, a major way it can help is through a reflective component. also blogs/wikis/forums/whatever keep a record indefinitely. a record that anyone can access. so the chance to see things evolve, and of course to journal about what you are learning, i think is critical to that self-awareness and meta-cognition. it seems also rather critical in judging the worth of any endeavor.

3. What would be the design and implementation challenges if management tried to do this? What would be the design and implementation challenges of a user-initiated effort?

convincing people that it’s worth their time! as shirky states, ‘do they care about it?’ so yes, this front end creating ‘buy in’ is where a management lead effort seriously needs to do it’s part. but even before that, just BEING the type of environment that involves everyone in these collaborative ways seems to be the wiser move. it’s easier to lead people by example, so this planned strategy should be in place even before you begin.

also, of course another key part to design by management is the self-reflective component. people are busy, we all are, and giving people the time to sit and think/write/and discuss about things needs to be built into a system. it’s essentially another version of the ‘feedback’ needed to sustain it. so communicating that concept is another huge part of implementation. it’s also a challenge because people don’t like to be compelled to do things, which is what is paradoxical about endeavors like this. but creating those ‘meta-cognitive’ moments is integral.

in terms of a user-initiated effort, challenges that would arise would be motivational. though i didn’t mention it above specifically, i think the self-reflective component is key to maintaining motivation, regardless of who sets things up, management or user. but definitely more so with user-initiated. if an effort is user-initiated, then that motivational issue should be solved by the users, if it even is an issue. so what can i do, assuming i’m in a roll that requires me to do something? well, be a user for one. find things that matter to you, and address/interact. this point should have been stated at the very beginning, since really this is what all of this is about: be that user.

qr codes are so cool!

so i’ve noticed these things popping up all over town..plus i see them in magazine ads…and i’ve been wondering what exactly they are….

i just happened to find some info from the web 2.0 blog i mentioned in my last post. so i read that and played around and went looking for more info. so fascinating! and then i made my own (see the above qr code!) if you already know, then scan it and see what happens. basically they are bar codes on steroids. with a regular bar code, you scan and get a price on something. with qr codes (quick response), you scan and you get url’s, sms, phone numbers, or even just text (and there’s more options). so, in addition to getting some bit of info from somewhere, you can make your own. there’s also a video he posted that shows a bunch of ways students at a high school are using them. read his post, watch the videos, i’d love to hear what ya’all think. i love them because for one they got my attention and were fun to figure out. and they link the physical world with the digital and the possibilities go on and on. yay for yet another web 2.0 application!

more new cool things

okay, so i could have sworn i posted this, but i must have dreamed it. no comments about how that’s a sign of mental illness, please 😉 i have no idea how i stumbled upon this, but you might find it useful. it’s a list of free webinars on a range of educational technology subjects and i keep finding goodies….such as one i participated in about how to simplify your use of twitter (which rocked, btw.)

http://simplek12.com/tlc/webinars/

here’s a blog on the web 2.0 classroom and from that rockin’ presenter, steven anderson:

http://web20classroom.blogspot.com/

Derek Bruff – Connecting with Participatory Culture

Okay, so this presentation is one I really enjoyed. It highlights many ways we can engage our learners in our ‘participatory culture’ and is drawn from his research. He uses audience response technology, via clickers, and teaches wise ways to form questions for discussions in a group setting. Plus, he models these or has the group participate, so the message is even more illustrated. I especially liked how he brings in twittering from random students who have used clickers in the classroom to highlight major points…

Mark Taylor – Generation Next

This conference was recently presented in Nashville and is a great presentation on the ‘generation next’ learner, aka ‘millenials’. I found him very entertaining and he makes several key points. While many of us may not be teaching in higher ed, our business is still teaching and therefore understanding the different types of learners. Much of what he says is straight up ‘Best Practices’ type of information, stuff we should know and breathe. And therefore clearly relative to our roles going forward. Plus, he uses ‘Audience Response Technology’ from Turning Technologies which is how I found him. (I’m interning for them right now.) 🙂

new twitter info

so i’ve had a rather lackluster history with twitter. to illustrate, i just noticed my friends tweet from june 22, ‘hey megan, your twitter account has been gathering cobwebs.’ haha. so i went exploring again to see if i could find some more people/orgs i care to follow, and just generally get my mojo back. i started with #hashtags and @symbols in messages, like ‘what in the heck are those?’ and had a great time figuring it out. so that was a whole new dimension and utility of twitter that frankly applied some much needed value. 😉

i just used the help function of twitter, which also lead me to a site that aggregates the most often used ones. but to be clear, it’s yet another way to tag or organize information in tweets. you just place a word after a ‘#’ symbol that you’d use to describe the content in the tweet. i found someone did that for out class too, such as, #eme6414. so this just helps you sift and find relevant information.

http://hashtags.org/

also, at another time, i stumbled upon a webinar titled, ‘Harness the Power of Twitter without Being Overwhelmed’ which just happened to be today, so i participated. it was awesome. totally got loads of information on how to organize things. this will be archived too, so it can be viewed anytime. i subscribe, so i get emails regarding a host of other sessions from them.

http://simplek12.com/tlc/webinars/

fragmented thoughts on last week of class

-so much left to do, so little time…
-plan on going back and reading more classmate blogs at the break….
-one major change i will make to my internship is cool but probably pointless….was asked to ‘make a blog’ for use here at our COE but that’s a paradox…..blogs most are because people move away from formal spaces to informal….so many reasons but anonymity is likely a major cause as also is non-compulsion i’m sure….if there’s one thing i’ve learned here at fsu, it’s that you can’t ‘make’ communities of practice. they happen out of choice and not by compulsion. much like paths that occur naturally….you can get the ball rolling, but you’ll be pushing it probably for a long time if not forever. so you better like pushing that ball! a party of one should be your realistic goal at the outset….otherwise you expectations are likely too high. when i say ‘you’ i’m thinking of ‘me’ or anyone in a roll of knowledge-management for whatever business. really just you. leading by example….so i’ll ‘make’ this blog, because i’m asked from my boss, but i will take it out of bb and make it as ‘anonymous’ possible….and i will ‘sell it’ that way….i wonder how others in my position handle things….