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  • Photo of Neville @jangles Hobson, an A-List podcaster at http://www.forimmediaterelease.biz. I blog at www.insideview.ie, talk at audioboo.fm/topgold and share videos at youtube.com/topgold including several supporting this presentation when I made it on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in the Limerick College of Further Education, Limerick, Ireland. I chose the blue background because my current phone is a Nokia Lumia (Windows Phone that opens with a blue splash screen).
  • We started an enhanced e-crit process in LSAD this year.
  • Through action agencies like Enable Ireland and the visually impaired community on Audioboo, we can enhance the accessibility of our learning materials.
  • You must make time for reflection, curation and archiving.
  • Definition from Wikipedia: An  activity stream  is a list of recent activities performed by an individual, typically on a single  website . For example,  Facebook 's  News Feed  is an activity stream. Since the introduction of the News Feed on September 6, 2006, [1]  other major websites have introduced similar implementations for their own users. Since the proliferation of activity streams on websites, there have been calls to standardize the format so that websites could interact with a stream provided by another website. The  Activity Streams  project, for example, is an effort to develop an activity stream  protocol  to syndicate activities across  social Web applications. Several major websites with activity stream implementations have already opened up their activity streams to developers to use, including Facebook and  MySpace . Though activity stream arises from  social networking , nowadays it has become an essential part of  business software .  Enterprise social software  is used in different types of companies to organize their internal communication and acts as an important addition to traditional corporate intranet. Such major collaboration software like Jive Software, Yammer or Chatter offer activity stream as a separate product. At the same time other major software providers, such as tibbr, Central Desktop and Wrike offer activity stream as an integrated part of their collaboration software solution.
  • Students often have smartphones to complement their traditional journals.
  • Hanging Out ,  Messing Around , and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media by Mizuko Ito covers the idea.
  • #edchatie is worth your time.
  • This is a long-running Limerick networking event.
  • This is a long-running Limerick networking event.
  • Helen Bullock is running this project at http://www.fundit.ie/browse/search/?s=how+i+learn&searchsection=projects
  • Reflective audio journaling involves several factors. Social networking. Identity management. Creating content. Organising content. Repurposing content. Filtering content. Self presenting.
  • Annotate your reflections in a journal and talk about them in audio.
  • That’s @Documentally with @MyDolans in Limerick.
  • Audio blogging is a different approach to keeping a reflective journal.
  • My work lands at http://audioboo.fm/topgold.
  • You can become an authority by articulating a position.
  • There’s an emotive quality in voice that helps create the impression of trusted authority.
  • Audio blogging is a different approach to keeping a reflective journal.
  • We use Audioboo.fm to share stories and to connect with listeners.
  • Details emerging in G+ Audio Community.
  • Details emerging in G+ Audio Community.
  • We connect a Media Writing module to reflective social audio.
  • And some of the most meaningful audio commentary comes via direct audio message.
  • G+ offers very controlled private conversations.
  • Most people can talk when door-stepped.
  • More at http://audioboo.fm/boos/229779-out-of-water
  • Some of the stars show places where we made Audioboos.
  • Art journaling can spark major leaps in creative thought, especially snippets from http://kristalnorton.com/blog/
  • Bernie Goldbach tumbles at http://topgold.tumblr.com
  • List.ly is an effective embeddable tool that generates traffic.
  • Most people can talk when door-stepped.
  • Everyone should know where they’re most creative. Time slots will vary.
  • With smartphones, many more people have video capabilities.
  • If academic, there should be an assessment standard.
  • I share with collaborators via Wunderlist.
  • I tie all my activity streams into SproutSocial.
  • Helpful messaging dashboard improves responsiveness.
  • See it. Do it. Now.
  • I set tasks for myself. It’s a time thing.
  • Responsiveness is a key metric because conversation powers the social activity stream.
  • Deeper info inside Facebook admin panel.
  • Higher response rates are better. Weekly high water mark for impressions hits 700,000 during the spring semester.
  • We connect with lecturers in other third level institutions through Google Plus.
  • The photo is a screenshot snapped on my iTouch during a Google Hangout.
  • In many case, this proves BYOD is already in the classroom.
  • The shared notebook is at https://www.evernote.com/pub/topgold/ictedu. There are lots of folks talking about shared activity streams. Christian Payne in the UK is @documentally. Jane Boyd in Canada is @boydjane. Amy Rowe, a Braille-reading Brit, is @braillesnail. Ira Glass is an award-winner public broadcaster.
  • I watch Junior Infants create audiologs.
  • Being discoverable enhances your online credibility.
  • I’m very findable. I blog and talk about education, technology and being a dad to a very creative couple of kids.
  • Towards Social That Delivers

    1. 1. TOWARDS SOCIAL THAT DELIVERS @topgold #LCFEcpd
    2. 2. I’M BERNIE GOLDBACH. TEACHING CREATIVE MULTIMEDIA AT LIMERICK SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN @topgold #LCFEcpd
    3. 3. I LIKE ENABLING TECH. IT MAKES THINGS ACCESSIBLE. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    4. 4. This #LCFEcpd presentation reflects on a process of sharing social activity streams online and invites peer review in an evolving process of multimedia journaling (photostreams, twitter hashtagging and audiologs) as part of critical reflection. We know: -- Activity streams can enhance reflective learning. -- Well-engineered activity streams increase online visibility. -- In a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the technology is often close to hand. -- Effective social activity streams sparks development of community artefacts. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    5. 5. THE ESSENTIAL WORKFLOW -- Develop your touchpoints. -- Share personal reflections. -- Integrate reflections with multimedia elements. -- Appreciate the importance of compelling imagery. -- Effective online networking is rarely synchronous. -- Online activities may augment but do not reduce the primacy of written work. -- Activity streams give you 360 degree feedback. Don’t start into a social activity stream without a workflow in mind. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    6. 6. ACTIVITY STREAMS DESCRIBED -- Collated recent activities. -- Typically on a single website, dashboard, or app. -- Facebook’s News Feed is most prominent. -- Stream protocols have emerged via APIs. Effective activity streams improve learning and personal development. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    7. 7. BUILDING AN ACTIVITY STREAM You can leverage reflective audio journaling with tech in your pocket or purse. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    8. 8. Digital Skill Development. An Acquired Literacy. Happens while Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    9. 9. HASHTAGGED TWEETS #EDCHATIE Monday evenings during school year (8:30 – 9:30 PM in Ireland). @topgold #LCFEcpd
    10. 10. HASHTAGGED TWEETS #LOCC First Thursday of every month in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick, Ireland. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    11. 11. HASHTAGGED TWEETS #LIMERICK If you’re from there, you should give it props via hashtags. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    12. 12. HASHTAGGED TWEETS #HOWILEARN FundIt projects like How I Learn work best when coupled to activity streams. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    13. 13. AUDIOLOGS LEVERAGE NEW LITERACIES. You probably didn’t learn audio journaling in a traditional curriculum. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    14. 14. PREPARE TO REFLECT -- Select a simple phrase or a single word. -- Think about an image. -- Try to connect your thought to a personal experience. -- Pause to reflect. -- Clarify your main point. -- You might want to think out loud beforehand. If you teach audio as a kind of social activity, you need to have your overhead questions in mind. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    15. 15. MAKING QUICK AUDIO. The best samples share very memorable personal stories. @topgold #LCFEcpd @documentally @mydolans
    16. 16. ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS OF AUDIO LOGS -- Process should be quick. -- Capture initial thoughts, unformed opinion or personal responses to events. -- Themes emerge after several dozen episodes. -- When bundled, the thematic collection can enhance an ePortfolio. -- Recordings should be in the first person. Several characteristics identify an audiolog. @topgold
    17. 17. EASY--FROM PHONE TO SITE. Audioboo works with its app or with email attachments. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    18. 18. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    19. 19. WE TRUST THE HUMAN VOICE. "Levels of trust, commitment, and satisfaction from users all appear to be positively affected by the use of the human voice in social media.“ Doctoral research by Hyojung Park, University Missouri. @topgold
    20. 20. AUDIO IN ACTIVITY STREAMS -- Explore events, don’t merely list them. -- Share eureka moments. -- Expect feedback from an open community. -- Listen to related textual and audio commentary. -- Commit to a regular schedule. -- Follow listeners to their main online presence. Several characteristics identify an audiolog. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    21. 21. THE #OCTAVER ACTIVITY STREAM. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    22. 22. #OCTAVER MUSIC REFLECTIONS @topgold #LCFEcpd Details in the Audio Community on Google Plus and inside Audioboo clips.
    23. 23. FLICKR ACTIVITY STREAMS @topgold #LCFEcpd The visual element deserves a slideshow treatment.
    24. 24. MEDIA WRITING MEETS SOCIAL AUDIO I AM AUDIOBOO.FM/TOPGOLD. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    25. 25. -- Audioboo is free. -- You get three minutes of recording with a basic account. -- I pay £60 annually to get 30 minutes of time for each recording. -- Audioboo allows an unlimited number of recordings. -- You automatically get an iTunes identity. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    26. 26. YOU ALSO NEED TO BE ON GOOGLE PLUS. [PRIVACY] @topgold #LCFEcpd
    27. 27. GETTING STARTED -- Write down an honest thought. -- Forget about assessment. -- Revisit earlier audio segments. -- Listen to others. -- Reflect about your past actions, decisions and learning events. -- Know that getting into a groove takes time. Everyone can talk. But it takes time to get your real voice. @topgold
    28. 28. GETTING STARTED: EVENTS Talk about something big. Like running out of water. @topgold
    29. 29. THE GLOBAL SOUND MAP. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    30. 30. SCRAPBOOK THOUGHTS HAVE REAL PERMALINKS. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    31. 31. TUMBLR IS A SCRAPBOOK TOO. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    32. 32. LIST YOUR ACTIVITY STREAM. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    33. 33. LOOK FOR THE NARRATIVE. -- Why did it happen? -- Who was there? -- When did it unfold? -- Where were you? -- How does it fit in? -- What was said? The segues are the glue. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    34. 34. WHERE TO CREATE AUDIO. -- Comfortable corner. -- Mindfulness session. -- Immersive birdsong. -- Tasting salt water spray. -- Touching aromatic textures. -- Feeling wood chips underfoot. -- Holding a mug of coffee. -- Plugged into the sound track of your life. People have their own creative spaces. And their own devices. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    35. 35. HANDHELD VIDEO OPTIONS. -- YouTube is king. -- Bambuser offer a live option. -- Google Hangouts put you in the frame (audio only option). – Flickr video now three minutes. YouTube’s Capture apps are very good. So is Bambuser and Flickr video. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    36. 36. GRADING THE WORK -- Are you collecting objective and reflective data to make sense of the experience? -- Do you recognise the recurrence of learning events? -- Is your interpretation a logical outcome of your observations? -- Do you reflect on a concept you learned in class or while reading? -- Are your reflective sessions about the same length of time? We grade the process of reflection and not the content in the reflective audiolog. @topgold
    37. 37. TIP: KEEP A TICK-OFF LIST.. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    38. 38. SPROUT SOCIAL HELPS ME MANAGE.. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    39. 39. ALL MESSAGING IN ONE STREAM.. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    40. 40. SPROUT SOCIAL WORKFLOW.. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    41. 41. SPROUT SOCIAL TASKINGS.. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    42. 42. SPROUT SOCIAL IMPROVES RESPONSIVENESS.. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    43. 43. FACEBOOK GENERALITIES. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    44. 44. SPROUT SOCIAL TRENDS MEASURE WHAT MATTERS @topgold #LCFEcpd
    45. 45. EMERGENT CREATIVE COLLABORATION SOCIAL AUDIO ENHANCES GOOGLE HANGOUTS. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    46. 46. IN-HAND CONVERSATIONS Engaging, active communication. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    47. 47. BASIC EQUIPMENT -- A small notebook. -- Short outline of thoughts. -- Rough sketches. -- Smartphone with data connection. -- Last generation iTouch. -- Unlocked smartphone with wifi. -- Recording app (Audioboo, Soundcloud, Voicebo and even Evernote). -- Micbud with windshield. Many students come equipped. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    48. 48. HELPFUL OASES -- LinkedIn Group “Let’s Talk Here” has clever ice breakers. -- Open University offers “Study Skills Suggestions”. -- Topgold’s Evernote includes a shared ictedu notebook. -- King, Keeping a Learning Journal, 2001. -- The Audio Community on Google Plus is bit.ly/audiog. -- Listen to @documentally, @topgold, @boydjane, @braillesnail and their cross-talk. -- Ira Glass and This American Life. -- Radiolab. It’s easy to find inspiration. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    49. 49. CONCLUSION LEARN TO USE THE TOOLS YOU’RE CARRYING. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    50. 50. CIRCLE ME. OR FOLLOW ME @TOPGOLD. @topgold #LCFEcpd
    51. 51. LET’S CONNECT AND SHARE. @topgold #LCFEcpd Bernie.Goldbach AT LIT.ie InsideView.ie

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