Archive for January, 2007

I am tempted . . .

I am tempted to join Wikipedia

What are words worth, courtesy of John Keogh – http://www.flickr.com/photos/49503078599@N01/170321593


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Joi Ito and Games

Joi Ito in World of Warcraft

Joi Ito has helped me understand gaming more than almost anyone else.  When I listen to him explain his experiences in World of Warcraft, there are a lot of “ideas that make you go hmmmm”, but there’s one in particular I like.  It’s the idea of co-presence, or always being “present” in the game by having your chat window open or teamspeak on.  Even if you’re doing something else like cooking your supper, you’re always aware of what’s happening. It reminds me a bit of what Lave & Wenger call legitimate peripheral participation, a fancy way of saying that we learn a lot just by being in the same space as people who know more than you do, listening to what they talk about, & helping them out in little ways. For Joi & his guild members, co-presence is the way they coordinate their work.

If you want to learn more, check out Joi’s speech given a few weeks ago at the Chaos Communications Congress on World of Warcraft. Also, SecondCast posted a podcast of Joi’s keynote at SD Forum from last May. Although you can’t see Joi’s slides, it’s worth a listen.

(Photo, Taking down Ragnaros, by Joi Ito.)

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what does a wiki look likeA service learning project is one where students learn by participating and reflecting on a project that meets a need in their community. It’s real learning for a real purpose.

How can we use wikis for service learning? Students can post and share the resources they create and collect. They can coordinate events. They can share their reflections and best practices for people who might participate in similar projects in the future, or leave a legacy for others to build on. Wikis give the opportunity for anyone in the community to contribute.

What should go on a service learning wiki? Learners decide but they can start by asking a few questions. What resources exist in your community that you could share? What resources need to be created? Who could help? Who do you need to invite to contribute? What are the ground rules for participation? Is there a format that you want everyone to follow?

Before I go on, a word of caution … a wiki is a collaborative tool open to constant editing. It’s not a good choice for a student working on their own or for a group wanting to create a static web site that never changes. Wikis are living documents, and they’re most successful when their contributors take advantage of that fact. Also, a wiki never belongs to one person. If you’re a faculty who’s going this route, take a deep breath and let go.

How would you use a wiki for service learning?

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meeting in Second Life

Thanks to a colleague who’s been done a great job organizing us, we finally have a regular meeting time for casual conversation & connecting. We’re meeting on Thursdays at 8 pm our time (your time) in Bam. If you’re interested in meeting with educators in Second Life, please feel free to join us.

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Find your muse

To all my instructional designer friends out there, David Wiley says chuck ADDIE & put a little bit of soul into those courses.

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A name tag ordinarily just has your name & maybe a title. What if a tag had … well, tags? At last year’s BarCamp, that’s what happened. Wouldn’t that be an interesting way to start the term with learners?

So how would you tag yourself?

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web 2.0 tag cloud

Does it all seem too complicated? Want to take a few baby steps into the world of Web 2.0? It’s not as hard as you think. Remeber that Web 2.0 tools are ones that let you create, share and collaborate online. You’ll find that little communities spring up around common interests on these sites.

Here are a few easy tools for you to try. Like most Web 2.0 tools, they’re free and easy to learn and use. You don’t need to download anything. You don’t need to have skills beyond what you’d use to send an email attachment. Give it a try.

The best way to learn is to do. Good luck & remember to share what you learn.

(Web2.0 – extended mindcloudmap, courtesy of Markus Angermeier http://www.flickr.com/photos/78726435@N00/62381076)

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