Feb 25, 2008

Another Web 2.0 Article

Friday's edition of Slate.com included an article questioning the democracy of web 2.0 tools like Wikipedia and Digg, while also recommending a few new resources worth checking out. It made me start thinking about how I have just a few students providing the bulk of the content on my class blog. Hope you find it interesting. You can read it here and you can listen to it here.

It was great to 'meet' all of you here over the past 1.5 months. I hope that we can keep the conversation going here or on the blog.

Feb 23, 2008

Final online session today (Sat 23.2) at 4pm GMT

Looking at the Yahoo! Groups poll, it looks like 4-5:30pm GMT works best for our final online session. Hope to see/hear you then!

Feb 22, 2008

Interesting article on RSS and a possible innovation

I thought this article How to be a Better Browser on Slate.com about the drawbacks of information overload from RSS feeds and a possible improvement over current aggregators in the form of Persai (now in private beta testing) was very interesting. Debby recently asked me about how many blogs I have in my Bloglines. I sheepishly answered 355, but have to admit I just can't keep up. I know this idea of information overload has come up in our previous discussions!

I listened to the article on Slate's daily podcast (you can subscribe using an aggregator like Google Reader or with a podcatcher like iTunes).

Looking forward to our final online session this weekend.

Feb 8, 2008

Participant Wikis

Greetings everyone,

Just wanted to post the participant wikis here. I have added a section to the Web 2.0 for ESP wiki page called "participant wikis" [http://evo08esp.pbwiki.com/Participant+Wikis] . Click on the sidebar to find it (or go to Week Four and click on the link from there)http://evo08esp.pbwiki.com/Week%204.

If you don't see your wiki here, email me and I will add it to the wiki site.









Feb 6, 2008

Using Google Analytics to Follow Wiki Hits

Hello everyone!

When we discussed blogs earlier, I mentioned that I have found in useful to try out some of the Web 2.0 tools we've been discussing for personal purposes before trying them out in class.

Last summer I did a lot of traveling in Finland's neighboring countries. I decided to try posting some of my photos for friends and family on a wiki, rather than via Ofoto (now Kodak EasyShare) as I've done in the past. You can check out my experiment here. This allowed me to learn how to imbed Picasa photo albums into my wiki.

This was also the first wiki were I installed Google Analytics, so that I could check up on how many people visited the site. In order to add this to your wiki, first create your wiki, then register with Google Analytics, then you will be given some html code to add to your wiki. Don't be scared off by this! If you're using PBWiki, it's quite easy. When you are editing a page, you can switch over to the html view from the easy point & click editor by clicking on the 'Source' icon near the 'Attach file' icon in the editing toolbar. Then you can insert the Google Analytics html code at the bottom of your front page. After you've done this, you can track the views of your wiki, complete with cool maps of where your hits come from.

Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions.

Feb 5, 2008

Wiki Comments

Please let us know how the creation of your wikis is proceeding. Which wiki have you chosen to use? How are you using the wiki? What have you learned along the way?

Please share what you have learned about wikis because that is how we learn in the Web 2.0 environment.

Feb 4, 2008

Thanks for Your Participation - Recording of Week 3 Live Informal Group-Meeting Is Here!

Hi! We'd like to thank you so much for your participation in our third live group-meeting that was carried out in the Webheads LearningTimes vOffice (Link), on Sunday. Debby, Jen, and I, Buthaina, would like to thank, especially Sylwia (Link), Mona, (Link) Mark (Link), Lorena (Link), and Hala (Link) for their great contribution to the live discussion through sharing ideas on ways to integrate RSS technology in their ESP classes. It was, indeed, such an informative and fun session.

For those of you who couldn't make it to our live meeting of Week 3, the recording of the live discussion can be found at Recordings wiki page.

After you finish viewing and listening to the recording, please share your ideas on ways you plan to use RSS technology for your ESP classes. You could do that either by adding your ideas to this wiki page, or through a post to your blog. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your collaboration and cooperation!

EVO 08 Web 2.0 for ESP Team
PS This draft entry was saved and will be published when connection is restored here at my end in the Gulf Region! Thank you for your patience. (Buth)