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Friday, September 5

  1. page SimonGibbs edited {Photo.jpg} Hi, I'm Simon. I am originally from England. I now live in Monaco where I teach Adul…
    {Photo.jpg} Hi, I'm Simon. I am originally from England. I now live in Monaco where I teach Adults who need English for Business
    Will the emerging folksonomies work to help us harvest knowledge from content scattered about the Internet, or is it a step into chaos and disorder feared by those who distrust Wikipedia?
    See My blog http://simongibbs.blogspot.com/
    What is miltiliteracies
    http://eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00002966/01/2966.pdf
    This paper discusses how literacy teachers must continually re-evaluate their practice to ensure historically marginalised learners gain access to the multiliteracies that are central to participation in life. How things have changed. It must be a sign of age when I remark to today’s students “you’re so lucky, all I had at school was a pen and paper! They look at me with blank stares.
    Technology allows students to create and speak with a digital voice, whether they are producing videos interactive animations, or creative writing. Technology can shatter boundaries between people through collaborative projects conducted on-line.
    For me the telephone was my first encounter with technology, I could speak to a person anywhere in the world to ask questions that I was unable to find answers to from the library, teacher or peers. Now information is freely available
    The next step.
    I have spent a few days reading event cycle 4 material. The elluminate presentation by Will Richardson: "RSS: The New Killer App for Educators" was very interesting. I opened an account with bloglines and subscribed to the RSS feed for The Telegraph!.
    On to event cycle 5!

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Tuesday, October 9

  1. page ElderBob edited ... Video 2 - The second, percussion with basketballs in the streets of a tenement, moving up to …
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    Video 2 -
    The second, percussion with basketballs in the streets of a tenement, moving up to a kitchen with pots, pans, and chopping knives, is much like a performance of a Korean troupe that recently put on a show in the Cultural Foundation theatre in Abu Dhabi of cutlery percussion, where they chopped a lot of veggies in rhythm before live audiences in a world tour. Is this an example of multiliteracies? Think about it. (Vance)
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    dance. Some simularitysimilarity perhaps or
    Elderbob -- Simon, you are right. What I was searching for, and did not find, was a series of Nike ads, that had to do with super-dribblers. Amateur basketball players who were so adept at using the basketball bounce as a medium, that eventually, Nike sent them around the world to communicate through basketballs, with people who spoke dissimular languages.
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    Video 4 -
    RSS Reader How To - Shows you all you should be able to intuit about how to use Bloglines. It's a screencast done by TechSavvyMarketing.com, covers the topic well.
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    go at usingsusing these tools.
    Elderbob - this video was just a good explanation of RSS and thought it might be helpful to others.
    Video 5 -
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Monday, October 8

  1. page GeorgiosKormpas edited ... Georgios is a registered participant in the 2007 PP107 course and has enrolled in the Moodle …
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    Georgios is a registered participant in the 2007 PP107 course
    and has enrolled in the Moodle course! excellent
    Georgios needsGeorge has checked in to become a member oflet Vance know he was caught up in the fires in Greece and had to be there to help with family emergencies
    And George joined
    this wikispace Oct 9, 2007
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Sunday, October 7

  1. page ElderBob edited ... ElderBob, what is the URL of this video playlist? I'd like to put it on a PageFlakes. Can't fi…
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    ElderBob, what is the URL of this video playlist? I'd like to put it on a PageFlakes. Can't figure out to get the original URL here.- Vance
    Critique these videos:
    Video One -
    The first one, about PangeaDay, is an effort to globalize digital storytelling. (Vance)
    This is a great video, it gives you a sense of how individual stories can be shared all over the world. It's the first I've heard of PangeaDay, so I had a look at the website. (Simon)
    Elderbob - The idea of putting PangeaDay was to express my belief in how strong visual stimulus can be. The photos evoke a lot of emotions, and whether those emotions are high level or low, they are still evoked. Keen would have us beleive that everything on YouTube is trash, but it that is so, then much of what has motivated man emotionally in the past, must also be trash. But it motivated us to do things, right or wrong.
    Video 2 -

    The second, percussion with basketballs in the streets of a tenement, moving up to a kitchen with pots, pans, and chopping knives, is much like a performance of a Korean troupe that recently put on a show in the Cultural Foundation theatre in Abu Dhabi of cutlery percussion, where they chopped a lot of veggies in rhythm before live audiences in a world tour. Is this an example of multiliteracies? Think about it. (Vance)
    This reminds of when I was in Kenya in the 70s watching the Kikuya tribe performing their ritualistic dance. Some simularity perhaps or a Nike advert?(Simon)
    Elderbob -- Simon, you are right. What I was searching for, and did not find, was a series of Nike ads, that had to do with super-dribblers. Amateur basketball players who were so adept at using the basketball bounce as a medium, that eventually, Nike sent them around the world to communicate through basketballs, with people who spoke dissimular languages.
    Video 3 -

    Surfing the Web 3.0 - videos from 2nd Life where an avatar takes paraboards, surfboards, hang gliders, jet skis, and even an orca whale out for a swim. Don't you wish you could have so much fun on your holiday? Who needs holidays. Head for Boracay in Second Life if you want to try out some of these toys yourself. (Vance)
    I'm too old for surfing. It really does fuel the imagination of who you'd like to be, just choose your avatar. Sorry I mean it would be good for educational purposes!
    (Simon)
    RSSElderbob - my thought here, was that Second Life and it's avatars allow folks to experience events and things that they would otherwise never have an opportunity to experience. The surface has just barely been scratched in this technology but already businesses and schools are looking at it as an ideal tool to put people in virtual situations that allow them to make mistakes and still maintain safety and security. No sharks will ever eat this surfer, unless we program them into the scenario. Pretty cool stuff.
    Video 4 -
    RSS
    Reader How
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    topic well. I
    I
    (Simon) agree,
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    these tools.
    Elderbob - this video was just a good explanation of RSS and thought it might be helpful to others.
    Video 5 -

    RSS Unleashed - This is a Really Simplistic Sitcom about a lady who starts a new job where her boss tells her to get cracking tracking RSS feeds from the company blog where the customers are giving feedback. She doesn't know RSS but meets him in the hallway. He explains to her how she can subscribe to blogs in Firefox and other browsers. Her job is saved. (Vance)
    I found this amusing and instructive, for the non tech-savvy, nice little video, especially the final scene where you see a man follow the RSS icon.(Simon)
    Elderbob - another cutesy, instructive video for the more technologically challenged. It puts the material in a relaxed humorous mode, that allows folks to relax a little and maybe start to learn.
    Video 6 -

    From Elderbob:
    Just a note to let you know that you too, can put one of these widgets on your blog, your website or wikipage (or essentially anywhere that you can add HTML):
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  2. page JamesBarrie edited Meet James Barrie New blog site at Blogger: http://literaciespp107.blogspot.com/ James is a m…

    Meet James Barrie
    New blog site at Blogger: http://literaciespp107.blogspot.com/
    James is a member of this space
    He says he's been updating here ... ?? (Vance)
    and his Yahoo 360 blog is here:
    http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-yA8YMF47equZpecvyKj3p5fCOoePPw--;_ylt=AgIE57xhnb2WgajB2LIPAfMkAeJ3?cq=1
    September 23, 2007 (originally created 2 weeks ago at wiki)

    {Jim} What's up with this pix....do I have the wrong format/extension.
    TESOL PP 109 Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments - 2007
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    Looking forward to rewarding discussions in PP109....
    Regards, Jim.
    SeptemberRSS, September 24, 2007
    The term RSS was very confusing when I first bumped into IT at this course. See my blog entry for further discussion.
    As the cobwebs cleared, I settled down and registered at bloglines, and am now tracking about 12 feeds in deaf education, grammar/vocabulary, and ESL.
    I also added more links to my del.ico.us account ( http://del.icio.us/james.barrie ), especially when RSS feeds were not available for a potentially useful site. I'm attempting to bundle my tags, trying to organize information to make it more accessible and easy to use. I find the list of tags frustrating. Advice on efficiently organizing tags would be much appreciated.
    I am also learning about Dreamweaver and have established a web site, www.jhbarrie.net . Please do not expect too much if you view my site. I am very much a rookie in this field. My goals for the site are: 1.offer content for deaf students, middle school - high school, in a using a visually accessible environment for discussion using American Sign Language; 2. assist college enrolled developing readers and writers needing "remedial" classes and tutoring. Again, advice in establishing a clear video environment where sign language is used for collaborative learning experiences and conferences is solicited. Captioning technology for video is also a priotiry for the web site.
    Thursday, October 4, 2007...from my blog
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    Do you feel Selber’s 2004 Multiliteracy analysis is still relevant today?
    Selber’s framework continues to have validity today. Educators should assist students in using and understanding digital literacy tools. Witness the number of laptops carried through airports. Cell phones, Blackberrys, Sidekicks, and GPS units are standard communication tools accessible to people on a daily basis. Public schools collaborate in networked ventures such as the Global Virtual Classroom (http://www.virtualclassroom.org/), ThinkQuest (http://www.thinkquest.org/), and other collaborative opportunities (see http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.html for more links). Long distance e-learning thrives throughout the world linking teachers and students. In 2003, the United States alone had 1.9 million students participating in e-learning environments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_learning).
    Perhaps the second of Selber’s literacies, critical literacy, is the core of digital literacy. Knowing how to ask questions about what technology serves us is essential. Some students may be tempted to accept cart blanche what they view on the network. I recall one of my deaf middle school student's wish to get his hands on a Sidekick. One afternoon, as he browsed the internet, he came across the statement, “Free Sidekick 2”. He waved to get everyone’s attention and signed, “Look! A free Sidekick 2. I want it.” Of course, the young man did not read the fine print indicating a service contract with monthly payments was required. I spent the next 20 minutes trying to show him that the Sidekick 2 was not really “free”. How many times do people simply accept digital information as accurate, without thinking about the source, its intent, and what it wants you to do or believe? Selber’s notion of critical literacy applies even more today as the global network expands. He “makes the case that students should be asking why and how technology institutions such as websites, campus computer labs, software packages, etc. have been set up to persuade, control, direct and use them.” (see Shawn Miller’s review of Selber’s book at http://currents.cwrl.utexas.edu/fall05/miller.html. Refer to point 5 in the review.) Surly in educational settings where critical analysis is important, educators must address students’ critical literacy skills.
    The social, political, and economic ramifications of technological multiliteracies are profound. Digital technologies can be accessed with little or no cost, instantaneously, and from a multitude of locations. This access to information where people can freely communicate and publish seems to be democratic. Yet, some would argue that digital technologies lead to a more totalitarian society. In the real world, not all individuals have equal access to the digital, global world. Others passively absorb digital content rather than interacting with the media. (http://data.commonground.com.au/program/TS06-program-post-conf.pdf). Therefore, Selber’s views on the social, political, and economic impact of digital media apply today, more than ever.
    Other Blog Entries ... http://literaciespp107.blogspot.com/
    Net Savy? in 2.0 , Collaborate Your Interactive Multiliteracies Effectively , The Good Ship Network , Rhetorical Literacy , Selber and Multiliteracies .

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  3. page JamesBarrie edited Meet James Barrie James is a member of this space He says he's been updating here ... ?? (Vanc…

    Meet James Barrie
    James is a member of this space
    He says he's been updating here ... ?? (Vance)
    and his Yahoo 360 blog is here:
    http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-yA8YMF47equZpecvyKj3p5fCOoePPw--;_ylt=AgIE57xhnb2WgajB2LIPAfMkAeJ3?cq=1
    September 23, 2007 (originally created 2 weeks ago at wiki)
    {Jim} What's up with this pix....do I have the wrong format/extension.
    TESOL PP 109 Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments - 2007
    Introduction
    I am Jim Barrie from Gambrills, Maryland, originally from the Buffalo, New York area. Gambrills is near Annapolis and approximately equi-distant from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Jim recently retired from his teaching position at Kendal Demonstration Elementary School, The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Jim taught high school social studies for 24 years at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf at Gallaudet, became Lead Teacher at Kendall School, Team 6,7,8, for 2 years, went back to teaching social studies for 2 years at Kendall, and finally taught Language Arts for 5 years at Kendall. Jim, a hearing person, is fluent in American Sign Language, a prerequisite for teaching on the campus of Gallaudet University. FYI: A deaf student could remain on one campus (Gallaudet) from pre-school years through PhD.!
    Jim just came out of retirement to tutor community college students in a reading lab. Thankfully, this is a part time position. Jim volunteers in church as a Stephen Minister, an EMT with Arundel Volunteer Fire Department, and Co-Secretary of the Davidsonville Dance Club. He and his wife Mary are planning to build a passive solar home south of Albany, New York. They have land at Sleepy Hollow Lake in Athens, New York. Check out the home at www.enertia.com, and hopefully you will join the green building trend as oil becomes more precious, costly, and scarce. Mary works in Baltimore for Quest Laboratories as a cytotechnologist. Mary and Jim enjoy ballroom dancing and camping weekends.
    Jim and one of his 3 sons, Josh, are fanatic supporters of DC United, having season tickets. We watch soccer matches from around the world, favoring the English Premier League and La Liga. Two of our favorite teams are Manchester United and FC Barcelona. Jim also flies up to Buffalo for some Bill's tailgating with his Dad and 2 brothers. Chris, Jim's 20 year old son, is a volunteer fire fighter with Arundel Volunteer Fire Department. Jim's oldest son, Jason (28 y.o.a.) is a web developer. And yes, my three sons are still living comfortably with Mom and Dad...the nest is far too inviting!
    This is Jim's fourth class in the TESOL Web Certificate program. He is just learning Dreamweaver, and has his first web site (jhbarrie.net) under construction. Jim is exploring long distance education, hoping to offer content to deaf and ESL students. He is most interested in using online video environments to communicate content visually using sign language. Admittingly, he is most comfortable with F2F environments, cuz that is what he did for 33 years. His college education includes: BA - Political Science; M.A.T.; M.Ed. Sp. Ed.; and @40 hours in deaf ed.
    Looking forward to rewarding discussions in PP109....
    Regards, Jim.
    September 24, 2007
    The term RSS was very confusing when I first bumped into IT at this course. See my blog entry for further discussion.
    As the cobwebs cleared, I settled down and registered at bloglines, and am now tracking about 12 feeds in deaf education, grammar/vocabulary, and ESL.
    I also added more links to my del.ico.us account ( http://del.icio.us/james.barrie ), especially when RSS feeds were not available for a potentially useful site. I'm attempting to bundle my tags, trying to organize information to make it more accessible and easy to use. I find the list of tags frustrating. Advice on efficiently organizing tags would be much appreciated.
    I am also learning about Dreamweaver and have established a web site, www.jhbarrie.net . Please do not expect too much if you view my site. I am very much a rookie in this field. My goals for the site are: 1.offer content for deaf students, middle school - high school, in a using a visually accessible environment for discussion using American Sign Language; 2. assist college enrolled developing readers and writers needing "remedial" classes and tutoring. Again, advice in establishing a clear video environment where sign language is used for collaborative learning experiences and conferences is solicited. Captioning technology for video is also a priotiry for the web site.

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  4. page ElderBob edited ... This is a great video, it gives you a sense of how individual stories can be shared all over t…
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    This is a great video, it gives you a sense of how individual stories can be shared all over the world. It's the first I've heard of PangeaDay, so I had a look at the website. (Simon)
    The second, percussion with basketballs in the streets of a tenement, moving up to a kitchen with pots, pans, and chopping knives, is much like a performance of a Korean troupe that recently put on a show in the Cultural Foundation theatre in Abu Dhabi of cutlery percussion, where they chopped a lot of veggies in rhythm before live audiences in a world tour. Is this an example of multiliteracies? Think about it. (Vance)
    This reminds of when I was in Kenya in the 70s watching the Kikuya tribe performing their ritualistic dance. Some simularity perhaps or a Nike advert?(Simon)
    Surfing the Web 3.0 - videos from 2nd Life where an avatar takes paraboards, surfboards, hang gliders, jet skis, and even an orca whale out for a swim. Don't you wish you could have so much fun on your holiday? Who needs holidays. Head for Boracay in Second Life if you want to try out some of these toys yourself. (Vance)
    I'm too old for surfing. It really does fuel the imagination of who you'd like to be, just choose your avatar. Sorry I mean it would be good for educational purposes!
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  5. page ElderBob edited ... Critique these videos: The first one, about PangeaDay, is an effort to globalize digital stor…
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    Critique these videos:
    The first one, about PangeaDay, is an effort to globalize digital storytelling. (Vance)
    This is a great video, it gives you a sense of how individual stories can be shared all over the world. It's the first I've heard of PangeaDay, so I had a look at the website. (Simon)
    The second, percussion with basketballs in the streets of a tenement, moving up to a kitchen with pots, pans, and chopping knives, is much like a performance of a Korean troupe that recently put on a show in the Cultural Foundation theatre in Abu Dhabi of cutlery percussion, where they chopped a lot of veggies in rhythm before live audiences in a world tour. Is this an example of multiliteracies? Think about it. (Vance)
    Surfing the Web 3.0 - videos from 2nd Life where an avatar takes paraboards, surfboards, hang gliders, jet skis, and even an orca whale out for a swim. Don't you wish you could have so much fun on your holiday? Who needs holidays. Head for Boracay in Second Life if you want to try out some of these toys yourself. (Vance)
    I'm too old for surfing. It really does fuel the imagination of who you'd like to be, just choose your avatar. Sorry I mean it would be good for educational purposes!
    (Simon)
    ...
    topic well. I (Simon) agree, it's a clear informative screencast. It enables everyone to have a go at usings these tools.
    RSS Unleashed - This is a Really Simplistic Sitcom about a lady who starts a new job where her boss tells her to get cracking tracking RSS feeds from the company blog where the customers are giving feedback. She doesn't know RSS but meets him in the hallway. He explains to her how she can subscribe to blogs in Firefox and other browsers. Her job is saved. (Vance)
    I found this amusing and instructive, for the non tech-savvy, nice little video, especially the final scene where you see a man follow the RSS icon.(Simon)
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