As I worked on this project, I used my PLN to find resources. This proved to be a double-edged sword. Almost daily, there were new items which I wanted to incorporate into my final project. It grew exponentially and became much more than a 5-minute presentation.
Back to the drawing board (or story board) - and I was finally able to hone it down. Please watch the slideshow, review my speaker's notes, and tell me what you think.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Google Drive certainly trumps Microsoft’s Sky Drive by including the Google Forms option! It’s simple to create a form and then send it via email or share its URL or embed it (as I did with my blog user survey). In addition to collecting responses in a spreadsheet, Google provides a graphic summary of responses.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Even though telephones were the primary means of communication in the 90’s, e-mail is now “… one of the most popular online communication tools.” (170) E-mail can be used for both personal and business communications and actually outweighs paper mail! Not all email is legitimate. Some of it may be Spam or junk that you don’t want or need to read. E-mail is faster, easier, and less expensive than other means of communication. To receive e-mails, a user must have an e-mail address. The address must have a user ID, host name, and top-level domain. The user ID identifies the receiving party while the host name identifies the receiving party’s server that houses the account.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Social Bookmarking doesn’t deal with the resources themselves; rather it creates bookmark links. The beauty of these sites is that it allows people to add descriptions to the resource links in the form of free-text comments, a tally of votes that indicate the resource’s value from the perspective of other people who have used it, or tags or keywords. Sometimes, the bookmarking site creates tag clouds to group individual tags into relationship groups. The more a tag is used, the larger the font in which that tag is displayed.
“From the point of view of search data, there are drawbacks to such tag-based systems: no standard set of keywords (i.e., a folksonomy instead of a controlled vocabulary), no standard for the structure of such tags (e.g., singular vs. plural, capitalization), mistagging due to spelling errors, tags that can have more than one meaning, unclear tags due to synonym/antonym confusion, unorthodox and personalized tag schemata from some users, and no mechanism for users to indicate hierarchical relationships between tags.” (Social Bookmarking) For example: learning-organization, learning_organization, learningorganization are all used as tags by Delicious users in addition to learning:organization and think of the possibilities when you turn the singular noun into the plural form: organizations! Without the fixed vocabulary of traditional databases, this could become quite a tiresome search!