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At the TESOL Arabia 2008 Conference to be held at Dubai Men's College, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 13-15, 2008 I present on: Writingmatrix: Engaging collaborative writing through social networking - Abstract: This presentation explains aggregation, tagging, and RSS with respect to filtering content online and describes how these were applied in a worldwide collaboration project involving student bloggers tagging their posts writingmatrix and then using Technorati and Del.icio.us to identify each other's posts and explore mutual interests through social bookmarking. The session is listed at 3:30 Friday March 14 on this document: http://tesolarabia.org/conference/schedule.php

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  1. 1. Writingmatrix: Engaging collaborative writing through social networking Presented March 4, 2008 at theTESOL Arabia 2008 Conference Dubai Men's College, Dubai, United Arab Emirates By Vance Stevens Lecturer of Computing, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com / [email_address]
  2. 2. How you can find this presentation <ul><li>VanceStevens.com is down right now but you can Google “Vance Stevens” </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll post the slideshare and handout links at http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com </li></ul><ul><li>Or you can Google Writingmatrix </li></ul>
  3. 3. Becoming Multiliterate <ul><li>Requires changing </li></ul><ul><li>Attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Practices in education </li></ul><ul><li>How we join the “conversation” (some examples) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter http://twitter.com or Pownce http://pownce.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worldbridges http://www.worldbridges.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webheads http://webheads.info </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My course on multiliteracies: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.homestead.com/prosites-vstevens/files/efi/papers/tesol/ppot/portal2007.htm </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ten aspects of paradigm shift <ul><li>Pedagogy : Didactic --> constructivist </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling : Do as I say --> AND as I do </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing : Copyrighted --> creative commons </li></ul><ul><li>Trepidation : Will they find out? --> ok to say I don’t know </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy : Print literacy --> multiliteracies </li></ul><ul><li>Heuristics : Client server -->peer to peer </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer : Informal technology is F.U.N. --> applied to professional practice </li></ul><ul><li>Directionality : Push --> pull </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership : Proprietary --> open source </li></ul><ul><li>Classification : Taxonomies --> folksonomies </li></ul>Here, I first suggested multiple aspects of paradigm shift required http://www.homestead.com/prosites-vstevens/files/efi/papers/2007alexandria/web20arabia.htm
  5. 5. Classification: Taxonomies  Folksonomies
  6. 6. Content management vs. overload <ul><li>Keys to collaboration and control of information resources online </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication - understanding of RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation - add to above, understanding of tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Mashup - Putting it together in reusable learning objects </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Explains these concepts in terms accessible to educators </li></ul><ul><li>Describes how the concepts were applied in Writingmatrix: a worldwide collaboration project  </li></ul>
  7. 7. Syndication --> Aggregation --> Mashup <ul><li>blogs </li></ul><ul><li>listservs </li></ul><ul><li>podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>online journals </li></ul><ul><li>online newsfeeds </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati searches </li></ul>RSS feeds generated by
  8. 8. Syndication --> Aggregation --> Mashup <ul><li>Bloglines or </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes </li></ul>and any of these can be subscribed to in
  9. 9. Syndication --> Aggregation --> Mashup <ul><li>Moodle blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded videos in blogs http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2007/10/vances-first-video-production-teaser.html </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes http://www.pageflakes.com/vancestevens/13498617 </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/webdesk </li></ul>
  10. 10. Writingmatrix: Introduction <ul><li>Initially involved bloggers in </li></ul><ul><li>Argentina </li></ul><ul><li>Venezuela </li></ul><ul><li>Slovenia </li></ul><ul><li>Who utilized </li></ul><ul><li>tagging </li></ul><ul><li>social networking tools </li></ul><ul><li>to enable the students to </li></ul><ul><li>locate each other's blogs </li></ul><ul><li>interact with selected individuals thus identified as being of similar age and interests. </li></ul>http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com
  11. 11. Writingmatrix: Technique <ul><li>To achieve this, Students are </li></ul><ul><li>encouraged to blog their interests and concerns </li></ul><ul><li>tag relevant posts with an identifier unique to the project </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati then used to identify the posts of participants in other countries http://technorati.com/search/writingmatrix?authority=n&language=en http://screencast.com/t/M33ixayEN2J </li></ul>
  12. 12. Writingmatrix: Outcomes <ul><li>Students are motivated to form writing partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Spontaneously without prior collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>in projects set by teachers collaborating in the project </li></ul><ul><li>A final aspect of the project is to have students </li></ul><ul><li>explore areas of mutual interest through tagging some of their and each other's posts in Del.icio.us, </li></ul><ul><li>then discern who else is reading and tagging their posts </li></ul>
  13. 13. It works! Ronaldo’s comment on <ul><li>http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2008/02/all-i-know-about-blogging-and.html </li></ul>