Week 6: Online applications and tools

This week you get to choose what you explore.  Please pick three of the following applications and tools to explore further.  Feel free to do more than this if you want to.  Remember to blog about your experiences!

1. Personalised homepages

2. Mobile phones

3. Web browsers

4. Google documents

5. Toolbars

6. Widgets

7. Mashups

1. Personalised homepages

Personalised homepages (also known as start pages or personal portals) allow you to create your own web page/s.

They are made up of a number of customizable pages including a main ‘home page’ where you can add blocks of content (known as flakes, widgets, gadgets or modules depending on which one you use). This could be anything from your Facebook account to an email account to a newsfeed from your favourite television station. They can be personal, or you can make them publicly available to other people.

If you have the technical skill you can even write gadgets/widgets/flakes to put into yours and other pages.

The fun (and quite useful) thing about these is that you can collect together some/all of the tools you have learned about/used so far in the Learning 2.0 programme into one place, for example your RSS feeds, your Flickr photos, your Facebook account, your email account. They can be used for your own personal online information, for information focussed on a particular group of people or as a public facing website.

Examples of well known personalised homepages include iGoogle, Netvibes, Pageflakes and MyYahoo.

The new look BBC website now looks very like a personalised homepage. Examples of libraries using personalised home pages include the Dublin City Libraries Pageflakes page and a Netvibes page from Cambridge University Medical Library at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Also very popular are the creation of flakes, widgets. modules or gadgets that people can add to their own pages such as Deakin University Library’s widgets you can add to your own Netvibes pages.

Choosing which one to use is the fun bit. This is usually determined by what you like the look of, and which other web services you use. For example if you use loads of other Google services, then iGoogle may make the most sense. Each of them has a different look, with the basic features being very similar.

Take a look at Exploring Netvibes, Pageflakes and iGoogle or 13 Personalized Hompages Compared, Feature by Feature for a comparison of some of the different options.

For info on the use of personalised homepages by libraries try Creating a librarians info portal with Netvibes and RSS, Pageflakes as a personal learning network portal learning and research and Riding the Waves of Today’s Online Web Tools

2. Mobile phones

You may wonder why we have included mobile phones in the online tools and applications section of the Learning 2.0 programme.

As mobile phone technologies develop further and mobile phone service providers provide more affordable mobile broadband, they become more likely to be used for internet browsing, in addition to more traditional uses of text messaging, picture messaging, taking photos and listening to music.  This will also have an impact on how we provide services to our staff and students. Many of the tools we have talked about during the Learning 2.0 programme can be accessed via your mobile phone, though often there is a pared down version of the desktop/web based application. The plus is that they are portable, practically everyone has one and costs are going down.

See The Q12008 UK Mobile Trends Report for what is happening in the world of mobile phones.

What they can currently be used for:

  • To create content & upload it
  • Surf the net
  • Sending text/picture messages
  • Keep a calendar/diary
  • Take/store photos
  • Listen to podcasts/music
  • Phonecalls

What we should be thinking about – both now and in the future?

  • Use of current mobile services (e.g. text messaging)
  • Use of mobiles as browsers (iphones, new blackberry, new phones)
  • Idea of delivering services/content to mobile phones

To find out more about the relevance of mobile phones to libraries and the services they provide, see the 2008 Horizon report. Possible uses of mobile devices (not just phones) in education is also worth taking a look at. Finally,
Imperial Library del.icio.us links on mobile phones and library examples has practical examples.

3. Web browsers

Many people use Internet Explorer (IE) as this is the browser that comes with Windows.  However it is worth noting that there are a number of other browsers out there that are better/different alternatives to IE.

Each browser has it’s good points and bad points – often it comes down to personal preference and how much flexibility you want.  See Web Browser Reviews from Consumer Search for a good overview of the main browsers available. or the Wikipedia entry on Comparison of web browsers for more information than you ever wanted to know about browsers

The joy is that it is possible to customise your browser so that you get the most out of it.

Internet Explorer 7

The latest release of Internet Explorer is definitely a huge improvement on earlier releases.  See http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/discover/media/videos-and-demos/ConfidenceVignettes.asx for a video overview.  See Microsoft Add-Ons for information on how to customise your browser.

Firefox

Is a customisable open source browser from Mozilla.  See Add-ons and extensions for further information on customising Firefox.

For a quick overview, see this promotional video of the latest release.

See this Screencast – LibEx for staff and students (from Kathryn Greenhill at Murdoch University) – for an example of a Firefox extension that puts the Library into the users space

Opera

Is not as popular but a good alternative to the other two.  See their video tutorials for further information on its features.

Bookmarklets are another useful web 2.0 like feature that make your browser more personalised and easy to use.  During the Learning 2.0 programme you will have come across bookmarklets for tools such as the Bloglines Easy Subscription bookmarklet and the del.icio.us bookmarking buttons

Finally, you can find loads of examples on Web browser extensions from the Library Success wiki

4. Google documents

One of the key features we have mentioned about Web 2.0 tools is the fact that they use the web as a platform.  Rather than you having to download software onto a particular pc/laptop – you can access them anywhere, any time.

Google documents is a basic word processing, spreadsheet and presentation package that you can access via the web.  You do not need to download it – you can access it as you would your email or RSS reader.  It enables you to upload and work with Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents and other file types as well as download them back into the various programmes.  It is great for collaborating with people in different places.

Watch this video for an overview of Google documents

5. Toolbars

A toolbar is a horizontal or vertical row of icons/buttons that enable you to easily click on/link to features of a particular programme, service or tool.  It sits either within the programme, such as your browser or floast at the the top or on the side of your screen.  The most obvious toolbar is the one that is located along the top of your browser/programme screen.

You can customise toolbars within your browser or programme, such as Firefox or IE or you can download or create toolbars for a variety of resources, for example the My Athens toolbar.

Customisable toolbars are becoming more popular, and libraries are using them more to get into the user’s workspace.  For more library related toolbars than you ever thought could exist, see the Library Success wiki toolbars and extensions

See this video for best Web 2.0 toolbars

6. Widgets

The term widget has a variety of meanings depending on where it is used.  Basically, a widget is a piece of code that can be embedded into any html page that allows a user to do stuff.  For a simple explanation of what a widget is, see What is a web widget? from Widgets for Web 2.0.

See also this great 5 part video series on widgets




In the Learning 2.0 programme you will have encountered widgets in web applications such as WordPress and Wetpaint.  As you may recall, they enable you to display content from other sources, such as embedding a YouTube video on your wiki page or you may have added widgets to your Word Press blog to enable the display of recent posts or your blogroll.

The Library Success Wiki has some information on widgets.  See also the Imperial Library del.icio.us tag widgets for some links to examples of widgets.

7. Mashups

Put simply, a mashup is what you create when you take data from various sources and put them together.  A very popular current use of mashups is integrating some kind of data with Google maps, for example creating a map of the location of restaurants in your area.

For a good overview, see the Wikipedia entry on mashups or this blog entry from Show us a better way which is a competition being run on ways to re-use publicly available government data.

YouTube also has a good visual overview in this video

The fun thing about mashups is that you do not have to be an expert programmer/developer to build them.  There are a number of tools available to create mashups including Yahoo Pipes and Google’s Mashup Editor to name a couple.

See the Mashup Awards for the best of what’s out there on the web and the Talis Mashing up the Library competition for some library related examples.

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Social bookmarking & tagging: activities 1-3

Activity #1 – navigating Imperial Library’s del.icio.us page
Spend 5-10 minutes looking around the Imperial Library del.icio.us page. To get there, follow these steps:

1. Go to the del.icio.us homepage and click on the ‘Sign In’ link on the top right of the page.

2. Log in using the following details: username: imperiallibrary password: icl

3. After you’ve logged in, take a look at some of the tags on the right-hand side of the page. When you click on a tag, the websites that have been classified or ‘tagged’ using it will be displayed to the left of the page.

4. Near the top of the page you’ll also see a ‘Tag’ link (it’s located underneath the imperiallibrary’s Tags heading). Click on this link to open up a ‘tag cloud’.

A tag cloud or word cloud is a visual depiction of user-generated tags. The larger and bolder the tag the more websites have been bookmarked using it.

5. Click on some of the tags in the tag cloud to see what websites (and other resources) have been classified using it. Do you find these resources useful? Can you think of any other useful websites that could be added? If so, once you’ve completed Activity 2 you’ll be able to upload links and tags to websites you want to store on the Imperial Library del.icio.us page!

Activity #2 – setting up your own del.icio.us account and bookmarking/tagging some sites.

This activity has several steps:

Step 1.
Set up an account with del.icio.us. But remember to do the following during the registration process!

  • pay attention to the password requirements, and check your email inbox to complete the registration.
  • download the delicious toolbar widget into your Internet browser when prompted. This is very important!

Tip: Watch the YouTube clip in this week’s readings page to get a quick overview of how to set up a del.icio.us account. Please note: del.icio.us very recently changed its interface & this clip refers to the previous version of del.icio.us – but it’ll give you a good general idea of how to set up an account and to start bookmarking.

Step 2.
Once you’ve set up your account, bookmark and tag the Imperial Library homepage by using either one of these options:

a) Go to the Library homepage and then in your browser click on the deli.cio.us ‘Tag’ widget you installed when registering. (This is the widget you downloaded in Step 1.)

OR

b) Go to your account on del.icio.us, click on the ‘Save a new bookmark’ link to the top right of the screen and paste in the URL. Click on ‘Next’.

Step 3.
Add a description to your bookmark.
Often cutting and pasting a paragraph from the page saved is useful.

Step 4.
Add some tags and click on then ‘Save’ button.

Step 5.
Bookmark at least 10 other websites of your choice to your delicious account. Add descriptions and tags to each one of them. Remember: when adding tags, chocolate_chip_cookies and ChocolateChipCookies are both one tag, while chocolate chip cookies is three tags! So if your tag is a phrase and therefore has more than one word you need to make sure there are no spaces between the words.

Activity #3 (optional) – setting up your own Flickr account
This activity has several steps. It requires you to set up an account in Flickr, upload a photo and add tags to it. Before you start, you may want to take a look at some of the resources outlined below.

Step 1.
Go to Flickr. Familiarise yourself with the site by searching for some photographs. Have a go at searching on ‘Imperial College London’ & see what you find.

Step 2.
For the purposes of this activity, you need to have access to a photo. If you don’t have access to a photo, this is what you need to do:

  • Go to FlickrCC (Flickr photos available for use under a Creative Commons licence).
  • Find a photo you like by searching for it. (You just click on a small version of the photo on the left-hand side of the screen and a larger version of it will display to the right of the screen.)
  • When you see a photo you like on Flickr, right-click on it.
  • Select ‘Save Picture As…’ from the menu which pops up
  • Save the photo to your Desktop so that you can easily find it.

Step 3.
Now that you’ve surfed Flickr and also saved a photo, it’s time you set up a Flickr account.
a) Go to the Flickr homepage. Select ‘Create Your Account’ (NB: if you are not already a member of Yahoo!, then select ‘Sign up’ at the bottom of the ‘Sign in to Yahoo!’ box to join Yahoo! Enter the required data and select ‘Create my Account’)
b) When you have successfully signed up, you will see a screen that asks ‘Ready to experience Flickr?’. Select ‘Continue’.

Step 4.
Now you need to upload your photo.
a) Select ‘Upload your first photo’
b) Select ‘Choose photos’. When you select this button, you will immediately be given the option to browse the files on your PC. Browse to the photo you saved previously to the Desktop.
c) Double-click on the image you want, then select ‘Upload photos’.

Step 5.
Finally, you need to describe your photo so that you (and everyone else!) can find it.
a) Select ‘Describe your photos’
b) Add a title, description and some tags.
c) Select ‘Save this batch’

Resources
1. Take a look at this clip created by the CommonCraft team and made available via YouTube. It explains photo sharing really well. (Please note: You’ll need headphones to vie this YouTube clip)

2. How to Use Flickr – Basics & Beyond: an introduction to Flickr.

3. Newbies Guide to Flickr: another introduction to Flickr.

Week 5: Social bookmarking & tagging

This week we’re looking at social bookmarking & tagging. Once you’ve read this information, have a go at the activities we’ve organised for you. You’ll see there are 3 activities listed, but you only have to complete 2 of them. If you get time, have a go at the optional activity.

Remember to add a post to your blog about this week’s activity!

What is social bookmarking?
Social bookmarking
enables you to store and share websites, photos and other resources within an online community and is a way to help you stay up-to-date. It enables you to organise and file websites, photos & articles for future reference, and to also browse other’s bookmarks to discover resources they may never have found using a search engine.

There are several freely available social bookmarking tools including del.icio.us and furl. CiteULike is another social bookmarking tool which is primarily used to bookmark scholarly articles. You must first register for these services and you may then be given the option to download a ‘bookmarklet’ in the toolbar of their browser. When you find a site you like, you just need to click on a ‘bookmarklet’ widget within your Internet browser to assign tags & add the link to your social bookmarking tool.

What is tagging?
If you’ve ever used a subject heading in a library catalogue or a descriptor in a database you’re already familiar with tagging.

A tag is just a keyword or term, and tagging is the process of assigning or associating a tag to something. We usually talk about tagging with online content like websites, digital photos, or blog posts, but the concept is the same as your handwritten notes on the family snapshots.

Tags are completely unstructured and freeform. You choose terms that are meaningful for you, so if “cooking” makes more sense to you than “cookery”, you’re free to use it.

Tags are therefore used as a means of finding the websites, photos etc. you have stored in your social bookmarking tool such as del.icio.us.

Just keep in mind that tags which have two or more words to them need to be joined together so that there are no spaces between the words e.g. chocolate_chip_cookies and ChocolateChipCookies are both one tag, while chocolate chip cookies is three tags.

A short video clip
Take a look at this clip created by the CommonCraft team and made available via YouTube. It explains social bookmarking really well. Plus it’ll give you a break from reading! Please note: You’ll need headphones to listen to it.

Folksonomies? What are they?
Anyone who’s used UDC to catalogue a book knows that there are pages (and pages and pages…) of rules for how it should be used. You are also required to use the exact terms specified. With a structured system like UDC, the rules are essential to keep everyone using it consistently. UDC is a taxonomy, a professionally developed system in which a controlled vocabulary is used to categorize materials.

A folksonomy is like a taxonomy, but without all the rules. Unlike taxonomies, folksonomies are created from the bottom up by anyone who wishes to tag an object. It is classification by people – hence folksonomy. Folksonomies grow from the tags that users apply on bookmarking sites like del.icio.us. As you add bookmarks to del.icio.us or photos to Flickr, you see the tags that other users have associated with similar items. You might even like some of them and decide to apply the tag to your own bookmarks.

Folksonomies are not hierarchical, meaning they lack the “Broader Term, Narrower Term, Related Term” structure often seen in taxonomies. Also, because they do not use a controlled vocabulary, terms can change quickly, there can be multiple tags for the same concept (library, libraries), and the same tag may be used for different concepts.

del.icio.us lets you see the bookmarks that other users have added and how they are tagged. This open sharing of links is called social bookmarking. As bookmarks are added and tagged, a folksonomy emerges. Just as you might click a subject heading in Unicorn to see what the library has on a particular topic, clicking a tag in del.icio.us shows you all the bookmarks with that tag. And in the same way that using a subject heading can narrow a catalogue search, using a folksonomy tag can save you from sorting through 2 million Google hits by showing you what other people have found useful on that topic.

Clear as mud? Don’t worry, this week’s activities will help you understand what tagging and social bookmarking are.

What are you doing this week?
This week, you’ll be exploring a couple of popular social bookmarking resources that use tagging: del.icio.us and Flickr.

del.icio.us is a site that lets you save and organize links to web content. It’s kind of like the ‘Bookmarks’ or ‘Favorites’ folders in Firefox or Internet Explorer. Only better. With del.icio.us, you never have to remember which computer you saved that link on. So if you’re going from work to home, or to different computers around the library, all of your bookmarks are always available.

Flickr is specifically for digital photographs and images. Like del.icio.us, once you’ve saved an image in Flickr it’s accessible from where ever you happen to be. It’s easy to share your photos, too.

Further Readings (optional!)

Week 4: Catch up week

And relaaxxx…

Yes Learning 2.0ers, Week 4 is a catch up week so no homework for you this Friday.

If you’re up to date with the programme so far then well done.  Why not spend this week updating your blog or working through some of the further reading we’ve suggested.

Remember, we ask you to write at least one post for each technology of 100 words or more.  Some of you have already posted some really interesting thoughts and ideas – and some of you have been a bit quiet.  Don’t be shy! Tell us what you think.

And if you’re a bit behind or feeling overwhelmed, this is the week to get back on track and complete those activities.

The Learning 2.0 team are standing by to answer your questions and provide help and support.

Week 3: RSS

This week we’re looking at RSS. After you’ve read the background reading below, have a go at this week’s activities. You’ll see there are 3 activities listed, but you only need complete the first 2. If you get time, have a go at the optional activity.

What is RSS?
There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people opt for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. In techie terminology, RSS is an XML file format for delivering regularly updated information over the web. In other words, RSS is used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format.

You will find RSS referred to as “feeds” or even “news feeds”. You may have seen one of these icons whenever you’ve surfed the web:

So, what does RSS do? Well, just think about all those websites you visit every day. It takes a lot of time to visit each & every one of them, doesn’t it? Now imagine if you could visit all those web pages in just one place and all at the same time, without having to search for new information on the page you’ve already seen or read before, and without having to consume a lot of time visiting each site individually. Would that be valuable to you? Well, it’s available through RSS.

If any of your favourite websites publish an RSS feed, you don’t have to keep visiting it to find fresh content – you can just subscribe to the RSS feed and wait for that fresh content to come to you. And RSS is free! If you’d like to have a look at what a ‘raw’ RSS file looks like, click here.

It looks like a bunch of meaningless code, but the good news is you shouldn’t ever have to look at that code, because that’s what RSS aggregators do.

What are RSS aggregators?
RSS aggregators are applications that read RSS feeds. Aggregators are also known as ‘news readers’ or even just ‘readers’. These readers take an RSS feed (like the one linked above) and convert all that coding into something that is readable: it will have a title, formatting, and hypertext links that you can click on. An RSS reader is kind of similar to Internet browsers such as Explorer or Firefox: just as browsers present HTML coding in a readable format, so RSS readers present XML coding in a readable format.

But the other important feature of a reader is the built-in update function that checks the feeds you’ve subscribed to for new content. If new content is found, your reader delivers that to you.

There are different types of readers/aggregators:

  • Desktop: these are software applications that require downloading and installation on a computer.
  • Web-based: online aggregators are availableon the web and require users to set up a username and password to access them. To access a web-based aggregator, you go to the site, login, and read your feeds online. The advantage of web-based aggregators is that you can access them from multiple computers (home, work, Internet cafe, etc.). Two popular web-based aggregators are Bloglines and Google Reader. One of this week’s activities (Activity 1) looks at setting up both a Bloglines and a Google Reader account for yourself so as to bring your feeds together.
  • Browser-based: the latest versions of many browsers (like Firefox and Internet Explorer 7) include the ability to subscribe to and read RSS feeds right in the browser.

So, how does all this work, exactly?

Take a look at this clip created by the CommonCraft team and made available via YouTube. It explains RSS really well. Plus it’ll give you a break from reading! Please note: You’ll need headphones to listen to this clip.

How do you find RSS feeds?
If a website publishes a feed, it is usually indicated on the site in at least one of the following ways:

  • a hyperlinked orange icon (three examples are at the beginning of this post).
  • a link called “RSS” or “XML” or “Subscribe” (or some variation thereof).

You can also add a feed to your aggregator even when a website doesn’t publish a feed. We’ll look at how this works in this week’s optional activity.

How else can you find feeds?

  • Directories & Search Engines: there are search engines and subject directories devoted to RSS feeds. For example, take a look at Feedster, Technorati and/or Search4RSS. Both allow you to do a keyword search and bring up results with easy-to-grab links to RSS feeds that you can subscribe to.
  • Serendipity: chances are, you probably won’t remember how you found most of the feeds that end up in your aggregator because most of your subscriptions will probably result from just generally surfing the web and stumbling on a website you really like. When you’re on a website and you’re wondering if they publish an RSS feed, remember to look for the orange RSS icons or for a link labeled “RSS”, “XML” or “Subscribe”.

As always, if you have any questions, contact Jenny, Katharine or Lawrence.

And enjoy the world of RSS!

Further Readings (entirely optional!)

RSS: activities 1-3

Activity #1 – setting up an account on either Bloglines or Google Reader.
Both of these aggregators offer similar features and functionality and the choice between the two usually comes down to personal preference. But if you need some help deciding between the two, take a look at this article.

To find out how to set up an account in Bloglines and Google Reader and add feeds to them, take a look at one or both of these online tutorials created by your friendly Imperial Library staff:

If you feel like exploring, feel free to set up accounts on both sites, play around in them, get a feel for the interfaces, and decide for yourself!

Activity #2 – subscribing to lots of feeds
Ok, after completing Activity 1 you should have added some feeds to your Bloglines or Google Reader. But to get the most out of your reader, you need to add lots of feeds. Try & subscribe to 10 or more feeds in either Bloglines or Google Reader.

step 1: Start by subscribing to the blog for the Learning 2.0 programme. This is what you do:

  • Right-click on this URL: https://learning20atimperial.wordpress.com/;
  • Select “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut”;
  • Open up your aggregator (i.e. Bloglines or Google Reader), and subscribe to the feed using one of these methods:

If you’re using Bloglines: login to your account, click “Add” at the top-left of the screen, paste the feed URL into the “Blog or Feed URL” box, and click “Subscribe”. The next screen will give you some options on where you’d like to save the feed (you can organize your feeds in folders), once you’ve made your choices, click “Subscribe” at the bottom of the page.

If you’re using Google Reader: login to your account, click “Add subscription” at the top-left of the page, paste the feed URL into the input box that appears, and click “Add”.

step 2: Once you’ve subscribed to the Learning 2.0 feed, take a look at some of these sites and subscribe to their feeds as well. To find their feed addresses, you will have to visit the site and look for the RSS icon or an ‘RSS/Subscribe’ link. They’ll be there somewhere….

BBC News

Guardian

The Times

Stephen Fry’s blog

step 3: Still looking for more feeds to subscribe to? Getting addicted? Go to some of the library news blogs listed below. Some of these links go straight to the RSS feed – for the rest you’ll have to find the feed yourself…. Subscribe to at least 3 feeds from the list. Read them weekly until September. Daily is better. Why? Because you only really understand RSS by using it regularly.

Library blogs to set up feeds to:

Librarian in Black: Sarah Houghton-Jan covers many of the important stories in the ‘biblioblogosphere’ (!) in short and snappy posts.
Phil Bradley’s weblog
: Phil is a professional librarian and his blog is very useful way to keep up with new Web 2.0 tools.
Stephen’s Lighthouse:
Stephen Abram blogs about future strategic developments in libraries.
Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0
: an IL blog edited by Peter Godwin & Jo Parker.
Information Wants to be Free
: Meredith Farkas’s blog. Meredith has written a very useful book on the uses of social software in libraries.
UK WebFocus
: Brian Kelly’s blog. Brian is based at UKOLN and his blog focuses on all aspects of digital information management, but especially Web 2.0 developments.

Make sure to visit your aggregator at least a couple of times this week to check for new content in the feeds you’ve subscribed to! (you’ll be surprised at how addictive RSS feed-reading can become!) And don’t forget to blog about your experiences using these tools!

Activity #3 (optional) – using Page2RSS
For web pages that don’t have an RSS feed available, Page2RSS will create one for you. You simply type in the URL of the page that you’re interested in, copy the feed that’s created by Page2RSS, paste it into your favourite reader and you’re done.

You need to:

  • Go to the FreePint website
  • Copy the URL from the address bar of your browser
  • Go to Page2RSS and create create an RSS feed for the FreePint site. (You simply paste the FreePint URL into the search box and click on the ‘to RSS’ button.)
  • The FreePint RSS feed address will appear in the address bar of your brower – copy it.
  • Once you have copied the feed address open up your GoogleReader or Bloglines account and paste it in.

Wikis: activities 1 – 4

This week we’ve been looking at wikis.

Below are some activities to get you using and exploring this technology.  Have a go, but if you get stuck remember you can email us at learning2.0@imperial.ac.uk and we’ll do our best to help!

Activity #1 – RSVP please!

Check your inbox (we will be sending the invites to your Hotmail accounts) – you should have received an invitation from WetPaint to join the Learning 2.0 wiki.

Please accept the invite and head on over to the wiki and register with WetPaint so you can start Activity#2.

Can’t find your invite?

First try checking your Junk mail folder in Hotmail – it may be in there.

Second – email the Learning 2.0 team and we’ll invite you again!

Activity#2 – get wiki-ing!

Go to the Learning 2.0 wiki at http://wikilearning20.wetpaint.com/

You may need to sign in with the WetPaint username and password you created in Activity#1. To do this click on the ‘Member sign in’ button in the middle of the screen.

Once you’ve signed in you’re ready to create your first page!

  • Find the wiki pages navigation menu on the left of the screen
  • Click on ‘Add page’
  • Give your page a name. We suggest you use your name in here so other participants can find your page easily. So call it ‘Frank’s page’ for example.
  • Click the ‘add page’ button and your page has been created!

Now you need to add some content.

  • Click on the ‘EasyEdit’ button at the top of the screen. This will make your page ‘live’ and you’ll be able to enter text. You can write about anything you like.
  • Use the ‘East Edit toolbar’ to format your text, try using bold, adding bullet points etc.
  • When you’ve finished click on the ‘Save’ button in the ‘Easy Edit toolbar’.

Take a look at my page – it took less than 5 minutes to create. Yours will be much better!

Activity#3 – collaborate

Ask one of your fellow Learning 2.0 participants to be your wiki ‘buddy’.  Why not try sending them an IM to do this? Or you could just go over to their desk and ask them…up to you.

Find out what their pages are called and start editing and adding to them.

And if you’ve got time…

Activity#4 – explore

Try some of the other features of WetPaint wikis.

Create some new pages using different templates.

Use the Discussion forum to start a conversation with fellow participants

Use the ‘widget’ button in the Easy Edit toolbar to add video and other media to your page.