Facebook’s “On this day” often throws up things I’d totally forgotten about. Today’s was work related, and, in many ways, it’s still as relevant now as it was 7 years ago:
I’m recently starting to think more and more about Web2.0 and teaching; more specifically how much is actually web2.0 (on the assumption it can be defined) and how much is what I’m getting the students to do (or, indeed, what I, as I extend my own knowledge am doing). Is just looking at videos on YouTube any different from looking at them in the VLE? What happens when they start to upload them / attach them to a discussion posting in the VLE?
So, (and I think this is where my research is increasingly going)
- Who should the audience be? (self / select group/ class / uni / world … and various stages in between!)
- Where should it be hosted? (What backup do we have if it goes down [internal or external!]
- Who’s funding the hosting?
- Why are we using it? Is it primarily to gather information; to disseminate; to organise personally; to collaborate (because we have to?)
- Are the roles of all users the same or does the original user have a different reason to all/some of the audience
- What do we want to do? (Before/during/post using tool?)
Clearly, there are a lot of overlaps … but equally as the task/meaning etc., becomes more important, so the actual tool may become less important.
I’d also written about writing a blog post .
I was on the train yesterday, with very poor mobile broadband – so thought I’d test out Blogging from Word, by creating a post, in order to posting it when I got back here.
Some of the issues I had weren’t Word’s fault – this laptop has a (finger print print controlled) Password Bank. It was desperate to save my blog details – the very reluctant to let me edit them when I realised I’d got the URL wrong.
That sorted, I then managed to publish it! Awful! The formatting was sucked in from Word, badly. It couldn’t cope with lists at all. Finally in desperation I saved it as text, opened in Notepad & pasted in here.
Am going to experiment with Google gears instead!
[Here, in this case, referred to Facebook]
Google gears has long since vanished – and I can’t remember the last time I wanted to blog offline, but I’d probably just use Evernote or so & then paste in later.
And, on the subject of “On this Day” – it was June 2nd that snow famously stopped play in a cricket match in Buxton. The reason I can remember it is that’s my Dad’s birthday – and I was heading back to school after half term, insisting that, as it was the Summer Term, I had to wear summer uniform. My mother argued it was snowing, and not to be so silly. I won the argument. And shivered!