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Just a Friendly Reminder…

People seem to be making excellent progress with the program and the ETG crew is very proud of you all for participating and sticking it out even when the going got tough!

We’d just like to take a moment to remind everyone to keep blogging while they’re exploring the new technologies. This is partially about reflection and partially about accountability — we want you thinking about the technologies as well as giving us a way of tracking what activities you have completed. (See? There’s method to our madness! *grin*)

With that said, please don’t feel that we expect a novel out of you in your blog each week. Even if you just say that you completed the exercise, found it easy or difficult, and what you did or didn’t like about it is just fine. If you tried it and had no luck with it, we want to hear that too! Even if it’s a comment like, “I don’t get wikis. I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to do / can’t figure out how to get my page on the sidebar / whatever… wikis suck!” we want to hear it.

(We hope you don’t think something sucks, but hey, not everything is going to appeal to everyone, right?)

So! Please remember at the end of each week that is completed to put up a little note so that your group leaders know where you stand, what’s completed, and perhaps what troubles (or successes!) you might be having. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and make sure you’re also getting credit for your activities! πŸ™‚

Cheers!

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Week 2 Roundup: Participant Blogs!

Week 2 saw a whole slew of brand new bloggers enter blogland! Below is a list of Learning 2.0 @ Mac participant blogs sorted by Group. We will continue to add to this list as more participants set up their blogs (if you haven’t set yours up yet, it’s not too late! More info on what to do is right here).

πŸ™‚ indicates participants who have completed all the activities!

Group 1

Group 2.0

Group 3

Group 4 – first team to reach the finish line!

Group 5

Group 6

Group 7

Group 8

Group 9

Group 10

Group 11 (Public Relations)

Group 12 (Advancement)

Week 2: Blogs

Now that you’ve explored the Learning 2.0 @ Mac blog and found out all about the programme, it’s time to jump in and start playing with the tools & technologies! This week, we’re focusing on blogs. This post will give you a brief overview of the technology, explain the activities for the week, and provide links to some additional readings for those who would like to know more!

Blogs: An Overview

A weblog (or “blog” is a format for publishing content on the web. As the name suggests, blogs are, quite simply, web-based logs of information that have the following features in common:

  • content that is organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent entry appearing at the top of the Web page;
  • a date and timestamp to indicate when the content was published to the blog;
  • archives that are automatically generated by the blog software;

Most early practitioners and blog commentators agree that the blog format began with the simple “What’s New” pages that littered the Web in the early days of web publishing. The blog format was formalized when web/tech savvy individuals began writing their own programs and pieces of software to make it easier and quicker to publish these sorts of pages, where it was important that current content appeared at the top of the page. And once these programmers made this software freely available online, the now widely-used blog format was born.

While the media still tends to treat blogs as the domain of teenage girls (who have nothing better to do with their time than talk about the minutiae of their lives in agonizing detail), you can now find blogs being written by everyone from politicians, to CEOs, published authors, educators, and, of course, librarians! If you’d like to have a look at what librarians are blogging about, check out a few of the librarian blogs on this list. And if you’d like to explore some of the ways libraries are using blogs, check out some of the examples on the Blogging Libraries Wiki.

Blogging Software

We don’t want to get too hung up on software talk, but it’s probably a good idea to understand the basics:

  • There are 2 types of blogging software tools out there: hosted and installed.
  • Hosted blogs allow users to sign up for an account and a free blog. The company providing the software usually takes care of everything for you, and all you have to do is choose a name for your blog and write! We will be using hosted blogs for this programme.
  • Some of the most popular hosted blogging services are Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress.com, and Vox.
  • Installed blogging services provide you with the software that you can download to your Web server. Installed software tends to be more powerful and gives you more control over the functionality and look & feel of your blog.
  • Some examples of installed software are Movable Type, Textpattern, and WordPress.org.

Activity #1
Ready to start blogging? Good, because Activity #1 is to set up your own blog and add your first post!

  • Use either Blogger or WordPress.com to set up your own blog. Both are free, hosted blogging tools where you can set up an account and start a blog. On Blogger, click the “create your own blog now” link; on wordpress.com, click “start your wordpress blog”. You’re free to choose either tool, if you need some help comparing the two, check out this page.
  • If you set up your blog on Blogger, your blog address will be http://nameyouchoose.blogpost.com; on wordpress.com, your blog address will be http://nameyouchoose.wordpress.com.
  • If you already have a blog and would like to use it to track your progress during this programme, feel free to do so!
  • How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or as yourself. However, in order to track your progress (and make sure you get your MP3 player!), you will have to let ETG know your blog URL & real name. More info on this when we get to Activity #2.
  • Once you’ve set up your blog, go ahead and add your first post! The content of your first post can be anything you’d like; one idea would be to simply introduce yourself!

Activity #2
Activity # 2 is simple: once you’ve set up your blog, send an email to ETG at macetg@gmail.com with the following info:

  • your name
  • your group #
  • your blog address

We’ll compile a list of participant blogs and post it right here so you can follow your colleagues’ progress!

Further Readings (optional)

As usual, if you have any questions, leave a comment here or get in touch with your Group members/Team Leader. Happy blogging!