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Writing in a flat world: Bettervblogging through social networking

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A computer-based workshop by Vance Stevens at the TTTT (TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi chapter Tactile Tasks and Technical Tips 5) at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi on April 21, 2007 http://ilearn.20m.com/news/newevents.htm on Writing in a flat world: better blogging through social networking. It is presented in conjunction with a writing course to be given in Spain this summer http://www.opensource.idv.tw/moodle/course/view.php?id=46, for which I have started a project with a number of teachers worldwide -http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com, among them Rita Zeinstejer, who assisted from Argentina via Elluminate

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Writing in a flat world: Bettervblogging through social networking

  1. 1. Writing in a flat world: Better Blogging through Social Networking Vance Stevens and Rita Zeinstejer presenting at the TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi chapter Tactile Tasks and Technical Tips (TTTT) workshops at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE April 21, 2007
  2. 2. Personal Incentives <ul><li>This is practice for my short Summer Course at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain 11th-13th July : &quot;Learning to write in a global and plurilingual world&quot; http:// www.opensource.idv.tw/moodle/course/view.php?id =46 , </li></ul><ul><li>To help me prepare for this course I have started a project with a number of teachers worldwide - http:// writingmatrix.wikispaces.com , among them Rita Zeinstejer, who will assist from Argentina via Elluminate at http://tinyurl.com/y3eh (so that this can be recorded for the benefit of others on the project) </li></ul>
  3. 3. What this presentation covers <ul><li>How to start a blog </li></ul><ul><li>How to post to a blog </li></ul><ul><li>How to edit a post </li></ul><ul><li>How to TAG a post, and why you should do this </li></ul><ul><li>How to open a http:// www.bloglines.com account, and why you should do this </li></ul><ul><li>What RSS is, and why it's important </li></ul><ul><li>How to subscribe to RSS feeds generated by other bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>How to organize and follow each other's updated blog postings </li></ul><ul><li>How to open a http:// del.icio.us account, and why it's important </li></ul><ul><li>How to get the del.icio.us browser button and tag sites you visit </li></ul><ul><li>How to see who's tagged YOUR pages and find other tags they are interested in </li></ul><ul><li>How to aggregate content using the tags you've placed in your posts http://www.technorati.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. Partners <ul><li>Nelba Quintana in La Plata, Argentina http:// englishvirtualcommunity.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Rita Zeinstejer in Rosario, Argentina http://caeb2007.podomatic.com </li></ul><ul><li>Doris Molero in Venezuela </li></ul><ul><li>Carla Arena and Dennis Oliver from Brazil and Arizona, respectively: http:// internationalexchange.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Sasha Sirk in Slovenia: http:// rostilj.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogger <ul><li>Starting a blog (newly updated April 20, 2007 at http://www.vancestevens.com/blogs.htm </li></ul><ul><li>How to post to a blog </li></ul><ul><li>How to edit a post </li></ul><ul><li>How to TAG a post, and why you should do this For this project, please tag all posts, pictures, etc. writingmatrix (plus any other terms that describe your post) More about these first 4 items here : http://www.homestead.com/prosites-vstevens/files/efi/blogger_tutorial.htm </li></ul>
  6. 6. RSS <ul><li>What RSS is, and why it's important http://www.vancestevens.com/rss_edu.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Will Richardson’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Quick Start Guide for Educators http://www.weblogg-ed.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/RSSFAQ4.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog post regarding his presentation &quot;RSS: The New Killer App for Educators&quot; http://www.weblogg-ed.com/2005/01/31#a3087 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. http://www.BLOGLINES.com <ul><li>How to open a http:// www.bloglines.com account, and why you should do this </li></ul><ul><li>How to subscribe to RSS feeds generated by other bloggers in the project (in Bloglines) </li></ul><ul><li>How to organize and follow each other's updated blog postings </li></ul>
  8. 8. http://DEL.ICIO.US <ul><li>How to open a http:// del.icio.us account, and why it's important </li></ul><ul><li>How to get the del.icio.us browser button and tag sites you visit John Pederson's del.icio.us guide for educators at Google docs seems to have a problem at the moment: http://pedersondesigns.com/2006/11/24/delicious-guide-for-educators-part-1-tools-tagging/ (but Google produces plethora of others similar) </li></ul><ul><li>How to see who's tagged YOUR pages and find other tags they are interested in </li></ul>
  9. 9. http://www.technorati.com <ul><li>How to aggregate content using the tags you've placed in your posts </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking tags at http:// www.technorati.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. Collaboration in online spaces <ul><li>Wikis e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.pbwiki.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google docs & spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// docs.google.com </li></ul></ul>

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