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  1. 1. MICROBLOGGING for NETWORK LEARNING Gabriela Grosseck & Carmen Holotescu Cirip.eu Network of Trainers in Europe Online Conference November, 9-10, 2009
  2. 2. A short introduction in Social Learning What is microblogging? Overview of the microsphere / Generally uses Discovery microblogging through Cirip.eu Educational uses of microblogging What does the future look like? Microblogging Reflections Where do we learn more? Follow-ups, future reflections and sharing at http://cirip.ro/grup/trainersineurope Sabin Balasa paintings at UAIC Iasi, Romania http://picasaweb.google.com Presentation Agenda
  3. 3. RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007, microblogging-2008/2009 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )
  4. 4. SOCIAL LEARNING A short introduction
  5. 5. Enhancing teaching & learning using Web2.0 technologies from Handbook of Emerging Technologies in Education: George Siemens, Peter Tittenberg (pg.34) ltc.umanitoba.ca/wikis/etl
  6. 6. Welcome to … your space <ul><li>Which 5 web 2.0 applications do you appreciate and use most? </li></ul><ul><li>Compare your a-list with top at </li></ul><ul><li>Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>You can still contribute to this top this week </li></ul>
  7. 7. http://personas.media.mit.edu/
  8. 8. INTRODUCTION TO MICROBLOGGING What is it? And why should I care?
  9. 9. A collaborative definition of microblogging generated by oamos.com embedded in the note at cirip.ro/status/1645201
  10. 10. Microblogging is a new form of blogging, with brief text updates of 140 characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3th party applications, which allows RT interactions between users.
  11. 11. Microblogging is a collaborative technology
  12. 12. Diagrammr at diagrammr.com/edit?key=dy4NKMc8XsZ embedded in the note at cirip.ro/status/1644841
  13. 13. photo: http://www.heikkironkko.com/images/yolehti_jaiku.jpg Microblogging platforms used in education
  14. 14. Mar 2006 Oct 2007 Jan 2008 Sep 2008 Jul 2008 Dec 2007 Mar 2008 Overview of the Microsphere Timeline Twitter, Yammer, Cirip.eu, and Edmodo appear on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/
  15. 15. How microblogging tools work <ul><li>Create an account and sign in </li></ul><ul><li>Search for other people to follow </li></ul><ul><li>(Other people are doing the same for you) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Read other peoples’ updates </li></ul><ul><li>4. Enter an update yourself </li></ul><ul><li>5. Go back to steps 3 and 4! </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The most popular microblogging system </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in July, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Robust, elegant and simple </li></ul><ul><li>More than 160 million users </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous mash-ups </li></ul>Social networking in 140 characters twitter http://www.flickr.com/photos/44124372363@N01/2417123304/sizes/o
  18. 18. Twitter Educational uses: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Reference services
  19. 19. A video clip about twitter at dotsub.com embedded in the note at cirip.ro/status/1644958
  20. 20. <ul><li>a private microblogging platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments </li></ul><ul><li>features: Store and Share Files , Privacy Controls , Public Timeline (RSS) , Notifications (SMS) , Class Calendar , Assignments & Grades, Share Links and Embeds , Subscribe to Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>similar LMS </li></ul>„ Edmodo could be used for a wide variety of tasks and lessons. […] It could also be a forum for open discussion in an online course setting. In a one-to-one computing environment you could post a story starter and have each student add a sentence or paragraph to create a collaboratively written story. ” Richard Byrne photo: http://www.edmodo.com/public/
  21. 21. a social journal for your life; a right-to-left scrolling “timeline” photo: http://friendfeed.com/robingood „ My Plurk line, for me, is a broadcast medium - I want to put a message out there and share some information and to do that I need to keep the line clear for people to read and respond to. I'm not looking to gather information from other people there (have so many other places where I already do that). ” Nick Peackey
  22. 22. only 10 minutes to setup the own microblogging network useful for those devoted to a particular niche a customizable and easy-to-use community space sharing photos, files, links, locations and much more through a well known microblogging interface „ We’ve all known it was coming, it was just a matter of time. Well, it has finally arrived and I’m thrilled to say that it was worth the wait. ShoutEm is a create-your-own-Twitter platform that works just as easily as Ning does. ” Steve Dembo photo: http://teach42.shoutem.com/
  23. 23. <ul><li>an open source implementation of a distributed microblogging platform, CreativeCommons framework </li></ul><ul><li>full control of your data, meaning if you want to migrate to another service you can take it with you </li></ul><ul><li>allows you to post 140 characters messages </li></ul><ul><li>login with your OpenID </li></ul><ul><li>SMS updates and notifications </li></ul>„ Discussing and proposing pedagogical approachs for education within the paradigm and assistance of Web2.0. ” http://identi.ca/group/w2e
  24. 24. <ul><li>business oriented </li></ul><ul><li>used in a single organisation </li></ul><ul><li>attachment links, images, files </li></ul><ul><li>potential for schools </li></ul>photo: https://www.yammer.com/about/screenshots „ But I can see the potential for, say, a school . Certainly in the UK, [….] it would be really easy to set up a Yammer account for students and staff to collaborate with each other in a closed-off environment. So, if Twitter seems somewhat too open for comfort, perhaps Yammer is the answer. ” Terry Freedman
  25. 25. <ul><li>more than 140 characters </li></ul><ul><li>c ommenting and &quot;like&quot; system </li></ul><ul><li>r oom / g roup creation </li></ul><ul><li>attachment links, pictures, e mbeddable widgets ( YouTube, Flickr, twitpic ) </li></ul>photo: http://friendfeed.com/robingood „ The option to create a private Friend Feed room could be a great way to create a back channel for your classroom or for any workshops that you may lead. You could also create a private Friend Feed room for your students to use as brainstorming area or a book discussion forum. ”
  26. 26. <ul><li>a micro-update communications for companies that gives employees the ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>instantly communicate their current status (collaboration in Real-Time) </li></ul><ul><li>ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>post media (share documents & media) </li></ul><ul><li>groups for keeping conversations organized </li></ul><ul><li>d evice s upport (computer, mobile phone, any device connected to the Internet) </li></ul>photo: http://presentlyapp.com/ „ Present.ly provides a free place to get the same type of feedback as you'd gather on Twitter, but in a closed setting.. ” Richard Byrne
  27. 27. 7000 users interface in Romanian, English, German Cirip.eu - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications
  28. 28. Mindmap at mindmeister.com/maps/show_public/29895908 embedded in the note at cirip.ro/status/1629920
  29. 29. brainstorming ideas – please add your thoughts Scribd paper: Can we use Twitter for educational activities? HOW MICROBLOGGING CAN IMPROVE TEACHING AND LEARNING
  30. 30. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandemia/354115976/sizes/l/ Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Exploring the language Reference services good points:
  31. 31. distr acting time -consuming rude ad dictive no social educational value bad grammar skills privacy spam meaningless without a network bad points http://www.flickr.com/photos/80578657@N00/254923630/sizes/o
  32. 32. What ‘s your attitude toward microblogging? <ul><li>Use a single word and write it down ! </li></ul><ul><li>Working in group, find images with flickr , flickrcc , compfight or CreativeCommon.org ! </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Photopeach and build your attitude in a digital storytelling! </li></ul>
  33. 33. A slideshare presentation about collaboration on microblogging, embedded in the note at cirip.ro/status/1610057
  34. 34. A photopeach presentation for microblogging metaphors, embedded in the note at cirip.ro/status/874542
  35. 35. 7000 users interface in Romanian, English, German Cirip.eu - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications Group: http://www.cirip.ro/grup/trainersineurope
  36. 36. Facilities Cirip.eu (1) <ul><li>public and private groups (courses, trainings, projects, events, internal communication, service, family, hobby, etc); group communication via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>polls , quizzes – online or via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>feeds monitoring (via SMS)(sites/blogs/social networks/search feeds – jobs, weather, reactions) </li></ul><ul><li>statistics, visualizations, tags. </li></ul>Cirip.eu TUTORIAL
  37. 37. Facilities Cirip.eu (2) multimedia objects embedded in messages (information/communication flow): - livestreaming, - images ( flickr, tinypic ), - audio ( eok, trilulilu, deezer, blip.fm, vocaroo, mp3 ), - (live) video ( youtube, dotsub, vimeo, seesmic, 220.ro, myvideo ), - presentations ( slideshare, capzles, voicethread, flowgram, photopeach, picasa, notaland, prezi, diagrammr, screencastle, screenjelly, screenr, ), - documents ( odf, odt, pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt ) Cirip.eu TUTORIAL
  38. 38. Who are you? Use multimedia object to describe yourself (blip.fm, youtube or vimeo)
  39. 39. information and knowledge management courses enhancement delivering entire online courses collaborative projects in universities communities of practice ePortfolios. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN Educational uses Users Grupuri Feeds Social networks Groups
  40. 40. PLN: users, groups, feeds interactions online, via ciripfox/ ciripgadget/ ciripAIR/FF Ubiquity, SMS, mobile, IM, mJava, API, twitter2cirip, rss2cirip messages, images, audio, video (live), presentations, files profile livestreaming cirip2twitter, widget, export notes on blogs
  41. 41. <ul><li>An online course about microblogging platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><li>integrate microblogging with other Web2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>microblogging platform as LMS </li></ul><ul><li>course facilitation </li></ul>Materials: announcements materials as LOM/SCORM objects
  42. 42. Course elements: announcements modules - LOM/SCORM objects collaborative exercises multimedia messages poll/quiz/ comments via SMS (f2f) validations - interactions with users/groups
  43. 43. Participation: built PLNs 42 members: students, teachers, developers, librarians 1100 messages
  44. 44. <ul><li>Collaborative exercises using different Web2.0 technologies: </li></ul><ul><li>puzzle images - flickr , CC </li></ul><ul><li>del.icio.us collection </li></ul><ul><li>video translation - writeboard , dotsub </li></ul><ul><li>comments on voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>tagcloud - wordle </li></ul><ul><li>code of good practices on microblogs - writeboard </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>Cirip.eu has facilities to deliver successful and qualitative online courses and to enhance courses; the communication (online/SMS/mobile), authoring, monitoring, statistical facilities make Cirip.eu a modern free LMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating an entire online course or a part of a course on such a platform requires specific facilitation skills, and collaborative technologies knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants gain important digital and communication skills, build PLEs, continue to collaborate in community after the course ends </li></ul>
  46. 47. Indicators : (mindmeister.com) Popularity Influence Coagulation index Exposure index Geographical distribution Temporal distribution Online social presence Rating (RT) Notoriety (favorite) Sharing (Link) Intimacy Spa Mood Language Connections/comunication PLE/PLN relevance ePortfolio
  47. 48. WCES 2009, 4-7 Feb., North Cyprus University WHAT do our students NEED?
  48. 49. Group: http://www.cirip.ro/grup/trainersineurope
  49. 51. For follow-ups, future reflections and sharing, you are welcome at http://cirip.ro/grup/trainersineurope Your comment and questions are welcome. Thank you!
  50. 52. For follow-ups, future reflections and sharing, you are welcome at http://cirip.ro/grup/trainersineurope Your comment and questions are welcome. Thank you!