Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Web 2.0 Final Project

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

Sound Off
According to the co-founder and CEO (Alex Ljung) "... the site now gets 10 hours of sounds uploaded for every minute of the day." I was surprised to discover that SoundCloud definitely focuses on music, but also on "... speech, comedy, stories, crying babies and even presidential addresses." (Rooney, 2012) SoundCloud describes itself as the "YouTube of audio" and from what I can tell, could be extremely useful from a training and development perspective.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Great Google's Forms!

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

Chapter 4 Overview: Communicating with........ everyone!

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 is PEOPLE (with apologies to Soylent Green)

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.
Tag cloud
“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!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's not just WHAT you say but HOW and WHERE you say it: Netiquette

While NETiquette IS just common-sense courtesy, it is amazing how many people seem to forget their manners when they go online. Therefore, a review of the core rules as outlined by Virginia Shea almost twenty years ago is a good place to start your review. For some reason, people find it easier to be less than polite when they are on the Internet, which is why Rules 1 and 2 are so important.

A great resource that covers all the major Internet forms of communication is