Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Along With Web 2.0 Social Media Tools Does Stress Come?

Along With Web 2.0 Social Media Tools Does Stress Come? Why is it that with the emergence of all these great Web 2.0 social media tools that we constantly say "I'm so far behind...", "Trying to catch up...", "Almost caught up...", Busy, busy, busy, etc.? Are we adding stress to our lives?

Over Thanksgiving it felt real good to finally let my karma on Plurk slide from the so-called Nirvana of 81+ to below 77, no Facebook, LinkedIn, tweets, utters, etc. It felt good; I think this was a wake-up call for me.

...more over at Plurk, Twitwall and Utterli.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why Google Reader RSS/Aggregator...

One of the best tools for managing information flow is an RSS Aggregator, also known as a "feed reader." With an aggregator, you can "subscribe" to your favorite sites, including blogs, wikis, news sites, etc. and be notified when new information has been added to those sites via the RSS protocol. If the terms RSS/Aggregators/Feed Readers are completely new to you, view this CommonCraft video RSS in Plain English. It explains what RSS is and how to use an aggregator when new information is posted on the sites to which you subscribe. Here is another CommonCraft video about Google Reader in Plain English to review.

I prefer to use Google Reader as an RSS/Aggregator because it is easy to setup and use and gives me access to many other useful tools from my access point to ... calendar, iGoogle, documents, maps, photos, and much more. Here's a specific example that makes this point.

Recently, I created two public Google Docs spreadsheet databases; this was done easily while reading a blog about Twitter for Educators using Google Reader from one of my PLN friends (Liz Davis, Educators on Twitter at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pM_ZE5BS0SgqDabnhl8Z2aA&hl=en"). It was easy to set about doing by simply clicking on Google Docs in my top menu.

Like Liz I had seen several lists of educators on Twitter; but, I had not seen any for Plurk and Utterli though I had recently developed Wikis for Plurk and Utterli that organizes by subject area. Liz's post inspired me to learn Google Docs spreadsheet by creating (I learn much better by DOING!) two Google Doc spreadsheet lists, one for Plurk and one for Utterli. These can be sorted across different criteria like Plurk, Twitter, Utterli,Facebook, City, State, Country, Role, Subject or Grade Level. The process I follwed was to first create a Google form for educators to fill out and then I made the corresponding spreadsheets public so that anyone can view and sort.

You can complete the form and add yourself to the list if appropriate and/or view and sort by clicking on the links below and if appropriate.

Educators on Plurk Google Docs form at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=p-lJl9dLLkI8dMjHNHWdsIw ...a searchable and sortable list of Educators on Plurk to view/sort at http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p-lJl9dLLkI8dMjHNHWdsIw&hl=en

Educators on Utterli Google Docs form at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=p-lJl9dLLkI_EpZKmqmTDOQ ...a searchable and sortable list of Educators on Utterli to view/sort at http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p-lJl9dLLkI_EpZKmqmTDOQ&hl=en

What RSS/Aggregator do you use and why? Do you incorporate an RSS/Aggregator into you Pedagogy? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Welcome to plurk4educators wiki...

Welcome to plurk4educators wiki at http://plurk4educators.pbwiki.com/!

Join plurk4educators wiki - Are you looking for someone on Plurk that is an educator (K-12 & HigherEd) in the same area as you? Check out the list and add your Plurk anchor name/link,e.g., wgraziadei - with a brief description to the list too! Also, you may add your anchor name/link/description under as many categories as are appropriate. Feel free to add pages about how you use Plurk in your Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). Ciao, Bill G...

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Welcome to utterli4educators wiki...

Welcome to utterli4educators wiki at http:utterli4educators.pbwiki.com/!

Join utterli4educators wiki - Are you looking for someone on Utterli that is an educator (K-12 & HigherEd) in the same area as you? Check out the list of and add your Utterli anchor name/link,e.g., wgraziadei - with a brief description to the list too! Also, you may add your anchor name/link/description under as many categories as are appropriate. Feel free to add pages about how you use Utterli in your Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). Ciao, Bill G...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hands-On Labs for On-Line Science...

Hands-On Labs for On-Line Science... is it possible to have high quality and safe labs for online courses such as anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, geology and physics courses? See http://www.athomescience.com/index.htm. Also a webinar entitled, Effectively Teaching Online Biology with a Hands-On Lab Component, is scheduled for November 6, 2008 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST. See http://www.athomescience.com/Webinar11062008.htm.

Let's attend the session and then discuss the question of whether it is possible to have high quality and safe labs for online science courses. Has anyone used LabPaq by Hands-On Labs, Inc? If so, do you have an opinion about the product(s)?

Ciao, Bill G...

P.S. You can also go over to http://utterli.com/LifeSciences, http://utterli.com/K12, http://utterli.com/HigherEd or http://utterli.com/K12HigherEd to post an audio or video blog about this.

Educational Microblogging Discussion Groups for Your Learning Network on Utterli

I've created several microblogging groups over at Utterli please consider joining me there.

The nice thing about Utterli is that it is not limited by 140 characters and includes audio, pics and/or video. So, it gives options to users as to how they wish to microblog. Also, groups can be created as private or public with open or closed membership; visibility is public or group only.

Join Web20PLN, a discussion group about Web 2.0 Tools and your Personal/Professional Learning Networks in education and business environments.

Join SNWeb20, a discussion group for learning professionals to learn, share and collaborate about social networking Web 2.0 tools and their utility in business and education environments.

Join LifeSciences, a discussion group about teaching-learning life sciences online, blended and/or face-to-face.

Join HigherEd, a discussion group for HigherEd faculty and staff centering around pedagogy in teaching-learning environments.

Join K12, a discussion group for K-12 faculty and staff centering around pedagogy in teaching-learning environments.

Join K12HigherEd, a discussion group for both K-12 & HigherEd faculty and staff centering around pedagogy in teaching-learning environments.

Join eLearning20, a private discussion group for business and education learning professionals to help their organizations meet their asynchronous, synchronous and Web 2.0 technology needs through sharing and collaboration.

Join eLibrary20, a private discussion group for faculty, staff and librarians to discuss the nature of the next generation library and librarian through sharing and collaboration.

I hope to see you over there and, of course, on Plurk and Twitter! Ciao, Bill G...

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Social Networking Web 2.0 & PLNs



This definitely is a work in-progress, just like life-long learning. The questions are, "What do we use in our PLN?" and "How do we manage it all?" So, bookmark the above Social Network Web 2.0 PLN Glog and stop by often to see how I do. What are you doing with Web 2.0 tools in your PLNs?

Monday, September 15, 2008

With the onslaught of Web 2.0 tools, how many ways can you be contacted? Overwhelmed, what do you do?

How many ways can you be contacted and which (top 3 in prioritized order) are the most prevalent?

For me it's over 40 with e-Mail, (AIM, Skype & Windows Live) and Plurk topping my list. Here's my list:

Face-to-Face
Landline Phone
Landline Fax
Mobile Phone
Skype
AIM
Windows Live
Twitter
Plurk
Yahoo
Internet Voicemail
Internet Fax
Email - 5
Comments on my blog - 3
Facebook
MySpace
LMS/LCMS - 3
Webconference - 3
Assorted Ning - 5 and other Web 2.0 social community and services - 12
Snail Mail

Overwhelmed? Do you get rid of a bunch of accounts and un-enroll in some groups in order to be efficient and not allow productivity drain? I just could not keep up anymore. So, as you can imagine from above, I had to cut back and focus on what was pertinent to me and my work. How do you filter? What does this say about how "busy" we are? Learning? Sharing? Collaborating? Organizing? Skills? Doing "professional" work? Workflow? Other?

Kevin Shadix writes in a September 2008 Wordpress blog about the importance of Work-life balance in a 2.0 world.He asks four questions. How would you respond to these?

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Private Microblogging for Teachers and Students

Edmodo is a private microblogging platform that teachers and students can use to send notes, links, files, alerts, assignments, and events to each other. Teachers sign up for accounts, and then create classes/groups. Each class/group has a unique code which is distributed by the teacher to the class. Students then sign up (no email address required) and join the group using the code. Here's a quick video tour of Edmodo...



What's it like to be a Edmodo student... go to http://www.edmodo.com/ and click on student. Here's the code for my Immunology Class - vlw766

I like Edmodo very much... easy to setup and use for all stakeholders. I will be using it as a supplement to my edu2.0 and Ning classes. It has great potential in education and business. I'm interested in your comments and opinions? Ciao, Bill...

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Are You a Global Supercharged Communicator/Collaborator?

Hi!, Ola!, Ciao!, Bonjour!, Hallo!, etc...

Are you a global supercharged communicator/collaborator? - Video

Are you a global supercharged communicator/collaborator, i.e., every day do you interact with friends/colleagues through multiple channels of communication? What communication channels do you use most and why? For example, do your communication means include cellphones, text messages, instant messages, e-mail, social networking, face-to-face conversations, etc.?

Some of the main reasons that I believe why people embrace social media, e.g., blogging, micro-blogging, social networks, etc., is to "stay in touch", collaborate/learn from each other, create identities for themselves and control other people’s perceptions of them. What do you think?

That being said, some feel that the new Web 2.0 technologies are at best self-serving vehicles for people to leave egocentric status messages, and nothing more. But, it doesn't have to be that way! It's all about how and why we use such tools. What footprint do you want to leave?

Bye!, AdiĆ³s!, Arrivederci!, Ciao!, etc...



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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Use of Seesmic and/or Twitter in Education and Business?

If you have used Twitter (http://twitter.com/wgraziadei) then you know about text-based micro-blogging. Take a look at Seesmic, if you haven't already done so, and try micro-blogging with video You can follow me at http://ww.seesmic.com/wgraziadei as wgraziadei. There is a Twhirl client that links both togther on your desktop. See http://www.twhirl.org/project/twhirl. From my perspective, these seem ideally suited for the mobile learning environment, especially with an interrogatory problem solving didactic approach.

I'm really sold on micro-blogging especially for mobile learning . It's the way to go - short bits and pieces. You pose a question around some information and get learners to answer. Something that would take end-users only 3-5 min to accomplish. Servers let the client know there's new content and pass it along. It's quick, easy and best of all, from my experience, learners learn best with the small bits and pieces of Q&A information.

Does micro-blogging have a place in education and business? If so, WHEN, WHERE, WHY and HOW do you use or would you use either or both? Are these two approaches (text- and video-based) complementary companions? When do you use one and/or the other? What problems have you encountered using either?

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Twittle dee dee... or Twitter dee dee...

Twitter (and others) is a free mobile phone social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as tweets) which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. For more information and further explanation see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

When you become a new Twitter-er...

It can change the way you think about staying in touch with friends and family. You can send and receive Twitter updates via mobile texting, instant message or the web.

You signup for a free account: http://twitter.com/

Activate Phone & IM: http://twitter.com/devices

Invite Your Friends: http://twitter.com/invitations/invite

The New York Times calls Twitter "one of the fastest-growing phenomena on the Internet." TIME=
Magazine says, "Twitter is on its way to becoming the next killer app,"...

What do you think? Have you used it? Other like services? What are some social networking uses for work environment, learning, staying in touch with colleagues, clients, learners, family, friends, etc.?

Until we twitter...my username is wgraziadei

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hello & Welcome to (e)Learning 2.0 & Beyond...

Ola! My name is Bill Graziadei, Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York (SUNY) and (e)Learning Consultant at (e)Learning Consulting Services.

e-Learning means Connectivity, Communication, Collaboration, and Content (4Cs) and connects people to people and people to information and involves the 3Rs; namely, getting the Right content to the Right people at the Right time through networking using LMS/LCMS, Webconference and Web 2.0 technologies.

For more specific information about me, please see my online resume and/or join me in my virtual office (by appointment).

You can contact me via e-mail at billg@capecod.com, telephone 508.430.2271 or Skype. You can also IM me using Windows Live or AIM.

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