I’ll admit it, I haven’t been blogging as much as I use to. I’m quite involved with an upcoming workshop on the read/write web. It’s hard keeping it simple… for instance, I could go quite far just on the topic of folksonomy itself. So many ideas come into mind to facilitate the understanding of this, but I’m definitely going to stick just one of them with since my ETC colleagues love the idea. Before the show officially starts, I’m going to have attendees tag themselves “five things” using post-it notes, as part of bringing Web 2.0 into Real-Life. I will then explain how it differs from taxonomy by showing how it is easier to discover more interesting people this way than if I were to sort people using one-dimensional categories (e.g. age, expertise, interests). If I have time, I could also aggregate attendees based on their tags cluster, or let them have a choice of colors for the post-it note, or… ok, I’m getting way out of line here.
For the other parts of the presentation, my strategy is to keep it simple and have attendees be able to “take away” the important stuff. Since I am addressing the UB faculty, I will be showing only web services that could help “open up” their classes to increase student participation. My rules for these web picks include 1) Free, 2) Transparency / Ease of use, 3) Visible benefit to learning, and possibly 4) FUN! (this is quite critical). You’ll have to stay tuned to my presentation to see which web services cover all these bases. Hat tip to my mentor Alex Halavais who got the ball rolling with his presentation on Blogs and Wikis not long ago (watch the video after the jump).
For those interested, the “Introducing to Web 2.0” workshop will be recorded using Camtasia and shared on the web. If you want to attend in person, it’s going to be on Monday, Feb 13th, 12pm at the Educational Technology Center. Don’t forget to register first!