Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Saying Ta-Ta with Yum Cha


Some of the team members at the lunch
held to celebrate the end of the project.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Hi everyone

Yesterday's wrap-up session was great - exciting to hear what practitioners are doing. I have to say that this Learnscope project is the most successful one I have ever been involved with (it's my fifth). Wendy, you have been inspirational and the group really benefited from having Sean as a trainer/facilitator.
Without a class to practice on, my own personal blogging has gone no-where, I am afraid to say, but I am very keen to get a moodle going for General Education and Access in Ultimo, so we can work more closely together.
I thought about the mini- moodle training I needed and wondered whether Sean had time to spend with Brian Mclauchlan, Joan Reeves and myself with a view to a Building D moodle for teachers and head teachers.
I hope we can start our moodle over the holidays, ready for teachers to join when they arrive back refreshed next year.
Thank you Wendy for all your energy and enthusiam - wish you could bottle it!
Hope everyone comes along to our end of project celebration, planned for December.

See you there!

Friday, November 05, 2004

NET*Working 2004 National Conference

Wendy and I are doing an online presentation showcasing our Learnscope project for ANTA's annual NET*Working 2004 National Conference - http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/nw2004/.

If you would like to attend this week-long virtual event there are logins available for participants in our project. Contact either myself or Wendy for details.

As part of the conference, there are also a "real space" local events being held at Ultimo campus on the Tuesday 9th November from 12.30pm - 6.00pm, and at Loftus campus on Thursday 11th November from 9.30am - 2.00pm.

Wendy and I will be giving a presentation on blogging at the Ultimo event at 3.40pm in Library DG53 followed by a hands-on session from 4.00pm to 4.40pm in Library DG52.

We would love it if you could come along to the hands-on and help participants set up their own blog.

It's free to attend and, although the organisers ask you to register so they can keep track of numbers, you can just turn up on the day.

For more info, including the program visit - http://toolbox.sit.nsw.edu.au/NW2004/.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Some great articles on edublogging

Using blogs for teaching English as a second language
http://www.teflweb-j.org/v3n1/blog_ward.pdf

RMIT study on educational potential of blogging
http://www.binaryblue.com.au/docs/blogs.pdf

e-learn space
http://www.elearnspace.org/edutechblogs.htm

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Top Youth Blogs

New SMH article about Sydney bloggers:

"The one thing they have in common is that they write whatever they think and post it on the web. Call them bloggers, writers, ranters, online diarists or digerati - they are ambitious, witty, informed commentators with fanatical followers and even groupies." Read More...

Popular blogspots
Tim Blair http://timblair.spleenville.com
Sam Downing http://culturestrain.blogspot.com/
Mat Henderson-Hau http://isitwrongtowishonspacehardware.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Dealing with long posts

Glen mentioned a concern for the length of his blog page in his post: HSC Advanced English Blog Advancing!.

Many other blog hosts (and certainly most more-sophisticated blog software that you can install yourself like Wordpress, which I used for edublogs.info) provide a simple tag such as <more> that can be added to a post to make only the text up until that point display on the main page and the <more> will show as a link that will take you to the full post.

Blogger doesn't have that facility, yet, but they do give instructions on how you can achieve this effect by using a trick with CSS (something else for my "Blogger wishlist"!).

The relevant help post is How can I create expandable post summaries? if you're feeling game.

New tools in Blogger

As Elizabeth noted in and earlier post, Bloggger has addded a few new tools, including a WYSIWYG editor (what they call "Compose Mode").

I haven't had much of a chance to play with it. It seems to add only a few minor formatting tools, all of which we learnt how to do manually in Session Two.

The weblink tool isn't as good as the one in HTML mode. It only converts the URL you supply into a link. It doesn't give the option to add separate link text as does the tool in HTML mode.

They have also introduced the option to send a post to a friend via email. This option needs to be turned on in the settings. I've turned this on for this blog.

Now if they could only offer a proper link list manager (like a lot of other blog hosts do), instead of expecting us to update the template manually every time we want to add a link to the list!

He's Ba-ack!

Yes, I'm back from the good ol' US of A. I had a great time (thanks for asking!)

I did tell many of you I would set up a travel blog to document my adventures and post the URL here, but I found Net access hard to come by in the States, and when I found it, it was often very expensive.

I also realised once I was travelling that I didn't want to spend a lot of the limited time I had in a another country sitting in front of a computer!

I'm looking forward to running some more workshops with you next term.

We had slated to run a workshop on preparing images for the web and photoblogging and one on RSS and news feeds.

Please let Wendy or I know if you are interested in either of these topics or if there are any other areas in online journalling, blogging or Moodle that your section could benefit from and we will see if we can run something for you.

There is also the possibility of running one-on-one sessions if you need a bit of that personalised attention from yours truly. Just drop me a line to arrange a time.

I'm also available to assist you develop specific creative projects using self-publishing tools with your students. I can work with you and your class to develop an online newsletter or group storytelling site or music review site, for example.

I can bring into the classroom a deeper level of web design and HTML skills if this is something you (and your students) would like to learn in the context of a creative project. We can also look at working with adding students' images and artwork, or even music and sound files.

Again, if you're interested, let Wendy or myself know.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Blog-activity

I can't boast that I have reached the degree of sophistication that I one day would like to achieve in blogging, but I have been very evangelical about it and have been starting blogs left right and centre.
Here is one Louise started & she has handed over to me
Assessment Validation
I have also started one for a group of people I am studying with at UTS.

I am thinking of incorporating some E-learning into my Masters, but I might have to be creative about it as units on e-learning are generally only offered to people enrolled in that degree.
At one level I feel as if I am making progress in online learning, but then today I read an article on the CILT site about Mlearning & I realise I am only splashing about in the shallow end.
I try to encourage staff to look at the blogs we have started , but they are not always as enthusiastic as I am & I realise that we as educators and colleagues have to be relaxed about how people deal with these activities.
As a participant in 2 Learnscope projects this year, I am reflecting on how different the ways in which we can learn to use technology. As an adult educator, we are told (and it is intuitive) to go from the known to the unknown , but it almost does not matter in the case of online learning. Whilst a beginner needs to have some skills,& confidence, it does not matter that they do not , for example, know basic packages like Word, before they can blog.Instead of a linear & accumulative development of skills it feels to me more like being surrounded by a flight of butterflies and trying to catch hold of one or two for a closer look!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

End of Term Regrouping

Hello Everyone,

I wonder what adventures you've all had since we last got together. I don't know about you but I really enjoyed the expanded networking that we enjoyed through this project.

As the end of the year draws near I'm hoping that some of you might have a bit more time for your own personal learning. So if you'd like to put together a blog or a moodle site for your next year's class we can help.

Sean is now available for one on one help with individual projects. Please email wendy.zammit@tafensw.edu.au

We will be having a couple more sessions next semester to wrap up the project so please post up here any ideas on what you'd still like to do.

Also if you have a blog or Moodle site going please post the URL so we can check it out.


Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Check this one

Hey I found this amazing blog with so many great links.
Kairosnews
Have a look & be prepared to spend some time there. It clearly demonstrates that blogging is well on the scene in academia in the US.
Hope you are blogging away as madly as I am. I have started 2 new ones recently & taken over from Louise as administrator on one she set up for our community of practice on Assessment Validation here at Petersham.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

RSS: A Learning TechnologyBy Eva Kaplan-Leiserson

This article is first in a quarterly series of articles that will discuss learning technology trends in the distance or spotlight technology trends and examine their applicability to learning.

Some people call it the next World Wide Web. Some say tools like it will replace LMSs and LCMSs. What is it? RSS, which is known to some as Rich Site Summary, others as RDF (Resource Description Framework) Site Summary, and still others as Really Simple Syndication. But it’s not the acronym that’s important, it’s the result: a means of driving content directly from its producer to its recipient automatically, almost instantaneously, and without interference from viruses, spam, or other modern day electronic pests.

This article will help you understand not only what RSS is, but also why it’s getting the hype it is in the world of content, what its potential is in the learning arena, and how it’s already being used in educational settings.

http://www.learningcircuits.org/2004/may2004/0405_trends.htm

Friday, August 06, 2004

More on blogs in Education

In Sean's Edu-blogs there is a link to an article called the Educated blogger.
Here is another link received from the Internet scout
Scout Report a weekly email well worth receiving.

Into the Blogosphere

And can someone confirm that a few new modifications have been put into Blogger when creating a post?

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Moodling

Sue Ellyard Moodling away at Session Four

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Semester 2 Blogging

Hello Everyone,

Apologies for any confusion caused when we cancelled the workshop scheduled for today. Everyone has been so busy getting classes settled in that we had to postpone to next week.

So on Tuesday 27th July at 9am in NG23 we will be having our second workshop on using Moodle. If you want to come please email me.
Anyone who already did the Moodle session but needs help to get up and going please email me and we will make a time for you to work with Sean one to one next week.

Don't forget we are also having practice sessions on blogging and moodle at Ultimo on Tuesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in D5.45.

Wendy