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More ‘How To’s on Blogging!

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If you want some more Meta-Blogging in your life –

meta blogging

here goes some more shots for you :)

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October 31st, 2006 at 7:30 am

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The Essentials of Leveraging Web 2.0

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Dion Hinchcliffe wrote a nice post on The Habits of Highly Effective Web 2.0 Sites – which are, I believe, applicable for Learning 2.0 too. To quote

Web 2.0

The Essentials of Leveraging Web 2.0 

  • Ease of Use is the most important feature of any Web site, Web application, or program.
  • Open up your data as much possible. There is no future in hoarding data, only controlling it.
  • Aggressively add feedback loops to everything.  Pull out the loops that don’t seem to matter and emphasize the ones that give results.
  • Continuous release cycles.  The bigger the release, the more unwieldy it becomes (more dependencies, more planning, more disruption.)  Organic growth is the most powerful, adaptive, and resilient.
  • Make your users part of your software.  They are your most valuable source of content, feedback, and passion.  Start understanding social architecture.  Give up non-essential control.  Or your users will likely go elsewhere.
  • Turn your applications into platforms. An application usually has a single predetermined use, a platform is design to be the foundation of something bigger.  Instead of getting a single type of use from your software and data, you might be hundreds or thousands of them.
  • Don’t create social communities just to have them. They aren’t a checklist item.  But do empower inspired users to create them.

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October 31st, 2006 at 5:13 am

3rd installment : Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0

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3rd post on Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0 by Brian series covering educational blogging, photo sharing, educational podcasting, wikis, video sharing, Web 2.0 courses, School 2.0, and more.
Previously: Part 1 and Part 2!

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October 30th, 2006 at 3:59 am

Get Organized

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Maish pointed out a GREAT post at PingMag : The Art of Efficiency – 10 Ways to Organise Your Life. Neat! :)

Without organisation there is chaos. A sheet of paper becomes a pile of paper. A single rubber band snowballs into a tangled nugget of desk gold. A lone file on your computer’s desktop multiplies into an infinite number of faceless icons, blocking out the pretty wallpaper of your cat. Here are 10 popular ways of getting organised, with additional comments from my productivity-obsessed friend and co-worker, Ken.

Also, Lifehacker posted a great free Wiki based tool to get organized : GTDTiddlyWiki


GTDTW is an HTML document that you save to your local hard drive and edit there using you web browser. When you save information, it edits itself, and stores what you’ve written in an internal data format. This is very convenient for people who are into portable apps on USB keys, because it’s completely self-contained, always with you and only requires a web browser to edit. It’s also very easy to back it up: just send it up to your Gmail account every few days, or better yet schedule a job to do it for you.

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October 30th, 2006 at 3:29 am

Storytelling / Narratives and Learning

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Shawn at Anecdote wrote a nice post on impact of Storytelling / Narratives on Learning in a organization – What I believe about learning

To Quote :

people don’t think they’ve learned anything until they’ve reflected on what happened. When I conduct lessons learning sessions I get the same response. “So, what did you learn from the project” I’d ask. “Hmmm, let me think … no, nup, there was nothing new for me,” is a typical reply. We then start recounting the stories from the project and I then hear things like, “Hey, remember how we got our funding. What a mess. Remind me to just say no if it looks like that again.” The learning comes at this point of reflecting not in the act of work in many cases.

learning is social—it benefits from conversations. While I believe learning can learn on your own, most learning comes through interacting with people. Learning richness increases as multiple perspectives are described, discussed, challenged and explored.

we learn through experience, and experience is shared through stories. I remember my honours year at uni spending 2 months researching the geomorphology of macro-tidal rivers, ‘learning about’ interference ripples, point bars and sedimentary structures.

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October 27th, 2006 at 11:01 am