Social software encompasses a range of software systems that allow users to interact and share data . ( This computer-mediated communication has become very popular with social sites like MySpace and Facebook , media sites like Flickr and YouTube , and commercial sites like Amazon.com and eBay .) Many of these applications share characteristics like open APIs , service oriented design, and the ability to upload data and media. The terms Web 2.0 and (for large-business applications) Enterprise 2.0 are also used to describe this style of software. http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_software
The HORIZON REPORT 2008 Emergent technologies and their relevance to teaching, learning and creative expression http://www.slideshare.net/bochamberlain/the-horizon-report-2008-presentation /
The main sections of the report describe six emergent technologies or practices that will likely enter mainstream use in learning-focused organizations within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years .
To manage the creation and workflow of rich media projects ( see www.splashup.com for photos and www.jumpcut.com for videos, to name just two examples ); capture a sketch with audio narration ( www.sketchcast.com ); or publish presentations and slideshows ( www.slideshare.net ; www.slide.com ).
Online collaborative workspaces : do-it-yourself social networks like Ning ( www.ning .com ); sharable personalized start pages that are “pagecast”—shared, in other words—from services like Netvibes ( www.netvibes.com ) or Pageflakes ( www.pageflakes.com ); and social networks like Facebook ( www.facebook.com ).
Facebook : Information specialists available in the student environment Business Facebook for UP Library http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pretoria-South-Africa/UP-Library-Services/34563526704 I think this is the best library I've been in so far... I really don't mind the fact that some of the computers don't have editing capabilities on some levels because I the end of the day, most students are registered for at least 2 other computer labs plus the library... Anyway, I like the fact that they have the reserved collection. Some of us don't have the budget for expensive textbooks... I just enjoy the humanities level because they have a collection of French books that I always wanted to read when I was a kid back in DRC… Embedded slideshare on Special Collections
There are more than a billion new mobile / cell phones produced every year - one for every six people on the planet
Mobiles are increasingly about networking on the go . Better displays and new interfaces make it easier to interact with an ever expanding variety of content
Mobiles now keep us in touch in almost all the ways that laptops used to ; with email, web browsing, photos and videos, documents and shopping- all available without the need for a hotspot or a power outlet.
Mashup - a web application that combines data from more than one source via a single unified tool. i.e.- data visualization.
Tools like Google’s Mashup Editor http:// code.google.com/gme / and Yahoo Pipes http:// pipes.yahoo.com /pipes/ both make it relatively easy to create applications that grab online data organize it and display it the way the author wants.
Integrating MeeboMe (a chat function) with the University of Calgary catalogue
The knowledge imbedded within societies or large groups.
Explicit : knowledge gathered and recorded by large groups.
Implicit : intelligence that is distilled from data generated by the activities of people over time.
Examples : Wikipedia ( www.wikipedia.com ), Cellphedia and other self-correcting, social encyclopedias provide opportunities for research and self-study, giving students the chance to practice the construction of knowledge, as well as consuming it.
Consolidated SAMI VRE components Red: none Orange: some Yellow: all Scientific workflow (Collaborative) Electronic Lab book Sophisticated instruments that generate digital information and data Servers with data files (Free) Data analysis software Integrated data management system Access to research networks & super computers; access to labs with in silico screening + Mathematical modelling tools; numerical algorithm tools; simulation software; in silico experiments Project management Project management system Proposal writing Document management system Generic software e.g. MS / Open Office Real time communication Skype, smart board, video conferences Training / mentoring etc E-learning system for researchers Identification of funding sources Identification of research area Literature review & indexing Identification of collaborators Internal shared database of indexed articles Dissemination & artifacts Web/wiki/blog : search engines, databases; researchers & topics; funders, portals, communication, projects Repositories : research results; experiments; literature & documents
VRE demonstrator Access and authentication Alerts and RSS feeds – may help with info overload Library resources Internet resources
Horizon report 5 year meta trend: Games as pedagogical platforms Games developed for information literacy: general & catalogue