Posted by: emapey | September 6, 2012

Making Delicious Bookmarks Tag Feeds URLS

Delicious no longer provides a link to subscribe to the feed in every page. You have to make the URLs and add them to your feed reader As an example, these are the Delicious tag feeds I follow:

MOOC: http://delicious.com/v2/rss/tag/mooc?count=150
Onlineteaching: http://delicious.com/v2/rss/tag/onlineteaching?count=150
Onlinelearning: http://delicious.com/v2/rss/tag/onlinelearning?count=150
Dunbar: http://delicious.com/v2/rss/tag/Dunbar?count=150
Connectivism: http://delicious.com/v2/rss/tag/connectivism?count=150

I find the Delicious tag feeds very useful since they let me Search for Content and Not for Blogs

To create yourtag feed url:
Yourtag: http://delicious.com/v2/rss/tag/yourtag?count=150

Posted by: emapey | October 9, 2011

POTCERT11, Host your Own Web Sites

I follow the Web Hosting Talk Forum to learn about Web Site Hosting and Buying Domain Names.

I buy domain names at Namecheap.com. I never buy domains from my Host

I have a reseller account at HTTPme to host several web sites

I still use Arachnophilia 4.0 to write the HTML code for my web pages

I still use WS_FTP95 to send web pages via FTP from my PC to the server were my sites are hosted

I use the cPanel and Web Host Manager, included in my host account, to manage each of my sites and my reseller account

The Cpanel’s Fantastico, included in my host account, let’s me easily install several scripts, like WordPress and Moodle, in my sites. Hosts don’t offer support for these scripts

Usually Diigo Goups used for online courses are a collection of links from a few participants to content not always useful to others

How to use then, a Diigo Group for an online course using students blogs?

Students bookmark and add to the course’s Diigo Group all their:
– blog posts
– comments in other’s blogs
(blog comments have their own permalink)
– citations received by other blogs
– all the posts they want to save from other students blogs

This Diigo Group works as an aggregator and so all the participants know what it is posted & commented in the online course.

Each participant can show, then, to the teacher and students, his contribution (posts, comments) to the online course

Aren’t you proud of you blog posts, comments and citatations to you and your work??

We must don’t forget that internet provides to online teachers and learners a fast way for assynchronous text communication and discussion, via web forums, blogs, wikis, mailing lists. It is this feature the real advantage of online learning. Online Courses Require Higher Levels of Thinking from Students

It´s then a mistake, for online teachers, to try to REPLICATE f2f learning, adding synchronous sessions, audio and video lectures and Powerpoint presentations to online courses. KISS, Keep it Simple Stupid with Technology

If you need to learn how to use an WYSIWYG editor and you also need to learn HTML to clean the source code of those web pages, don’t waste time and just learn to code HTML web pages

Learning HTML will also help you understand and hack the source code of web pages, including also CSS and PHP

If you expect to use open source software like WordPress or Moodle you will really need to learn to hack HTML, CSS, PHP….. Start learning HTML now!!!!

Posted by: emapey | September 22, 2011

POTCERT11 Blogging: Categories, Tags, Blog Posts Titles

When you write a blog post make sure that it will be visible to others.

1- Setup Categories and add your blog posts to at least one category. Uncategorized posts will be hard to find by your visitors. Categories show your own posts in that category.

2- Setup Tags and add your post to several tags. In Worpress blogs, Tags show all tagged WordPress.com posts. Currently this tag feature is broken in WordPress.com but you can follow Potcert11 blog posts on WordPress.com

3- Learn about Categories vs. Tags in WordPress.com

4- Learn about tags vs #hashtags. Tags are used by blogs, Diigo, Delicious. #Hashtags are used in Twitter. You don’t need #hashtags in Blogs and Diigo/Delicious

5- Learn how to Use Titles Effectively on Blogs.

6- Include the course tag in the Title of blog posts. In this way Google Blog Search and Icerocket Blog Search will find your blog posts

Posted by: emapey | September 20, 2011

POTCERT11 Getting Started Teaching Online

Great explanation of which technology tools to use to follow your pedagogical goals and objectives for an online class.

I use a Web Forum or a Class Blog (multiple authors) to post announcements, syllabus, contact the students, reading texts, discussions, student’s research and assignments and so I promote construction and sharing of knowledge in my online class

I try to KISS with Technology

Diigo and Delicious are both social bookmarking tools. Each of them offers different features. I have been bookmarking web pages and sites to Delicious since 2005. Delicious offers the features I need. Delicious is my favorite web learning tool!!!!!

How do I use Delicious in any online course, like POTCERT11?

- I follow Pedagogy First! blog or feed
– Whenever I read a post I like, I bookmark it to Delicious: Tag: POTCERT11
– I bookmark all the posts I would like to comment. Tags: COMMENTS, POTCERT11
– I bookmark all my posts: Tags: ONLINESAPIENS_POSTS, POTCERT11
– I bookmark all posts that link to me or my blog: Tags: PROFILE, POTCERT11

Delicious has Bundles. I created the ABOUTME bundle. It includes my COMMENTS, ONLINESAPIENS_POSTS, PROFILE tags. If you follow my ABOUTME bundle you are following my professional digital life

Diigo doesn’t offer bundles. Just add the Aboutme tag to Comments, Posts, Profile tags and then your Diigo Aboutme tag will be your bundle.

Last night I read about 15 POTCERT11 posts. I bookmarked 6 and wrote my comments to each post. Very easy!

I will also bookmark this post!!

I follow several Delicious Tag feeds.

I want to add to Brandon Davis-Shannon post about Distributed Conversations

I am afraid that by using blog posts and comments as a web forum we are returning back to the ugly type of threaded web forums used in the ’90s, I prefer the linear (flat) discussions.

You can read more about the differences between blogs and web forum discussions:

Weblogs or blogs are being heralded as the “next big thing” in education. In this article we examine the advantages and disadvantages of this form of Internet-based interaction using the Community of Inquiry model with its focus on social, cognitive and teaching presences. We conclude that blogging has distinct advantages over more common threaded discussion in its support of style, ownership and identity, and its public nature may enhance resolution phases of cognitive presence. However, its lack of safety and the current inefficiencies of linking and threading messages present greater challenges than the more familiar threaded discussion or email list. Perhaps the blog’s greatest relative advantage is for non formal and open education that takes learning beyond the traditional course.
Source: International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning

Weblogs and Message Boards both allow for responses from the community- new topics can be responded-to by others. Weblog topics have comments and message board topics have replies. This subtle difference in syntax reveals a difference in the roles. The word comment for weblogs implies that the author does not need further participation to reach a goal- comment if you want. Reply, on the other hand, implies that participation is explicitly requested by the poster. A discussion is not a discussion without a reply.
Source: Common Craft

To a large extent, blogging and forum use correlated with specific individual learning styles and media affordances: the use of blogs was associated with the ability to create personal space for personal learning, quiet reflection and developing personal relationships with bloggers and others. The use of forums was associated with fast paced challenging interaction, relationships based on sharing of ideas, more open discussion and more links to the discussed themes and bigger picture.
Source: Networked Learning Conference 2010

Posted by: emapey | September 5, 2011

POTCERT11, The True Side of Blogging

All new bloggers should be aware of:

- When the Thrill of Blogging Is Gone … – NYTimes.com

According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.

- Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter – NYTimes.com

Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. But with the rise of sites like Facebook and Twitter, they are losing their allure for many people — particularly the younger generation.

- Blogging | Learner Weblog

… I have found many “fellow” bloggers slowing down in the postings in the blogs, or might have stopped blogging altogether. However, there was also an increase in some of those bloggers participating or interacting in the Facebook and Twitter during the past year.

- The loneliness of the open autonomous learner « Lisa’s (Online) Teaching Blog

If the drive toward social online connections tells us anything, it tells us that people want to be both autonomous and recognized. We want our own profiles, our own apps, but to be part of a network of friends or colleagues. Contributions must be more than acknowledged; they must be appreciated. It is very lonely to post hundreds of tweets or updates, and have no one respond. In online classes, one may post the required number of times in a forum, but have no one reply while others are engaged in conversation.

- Leigh Blackall: What am I doing!?

As far as the education related posts go, it is slightly disappointing to see that so many posts I consider to be important, don’t even rate on the charts (“he refers to stats of his blog”). This sense of disappointment existed long before looking at the stats mind you.

- Can Blog Commenting Survive the Twitter and Tumblr Assault? | Read React Review

A year ago, I wondered if Twitter would cause people to blog less. I am not sure whether it has. Although I can certainly name some bloggers who seem more productive on Twitter than on their own blogs, there are new blogs springing up all the time.

Today, I wonder whether the main effect of twitter has been on blog comments.

#Change11 Is blogging on the decline? | Learner Weblog

My observation was that many bloggers in the past few years have slowed down in blogging, and have shifted to Twitter, Facebook and Google + in the posting of links. Besides the number of blogs posted have decreased significantly as bloggers found it hard to keep their blogs updated with posts, and that not too many readers were willing to provide comments as part of the conversation.

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