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Gaming and virtual worlds: Activities

This week, we have kept the activities to a minimum as we realise many of you are busy trying to catch up on previous weeks.

1. Gaming Activity

Find an online game, play it and blog about your experiences.

2. Virtual worlds and Second Life Activity

Attend the workshop or read through the handouts from the workshop.  Create a Second Life account, download the software, create an avatar and explore Second Life.

3. Activity for whichever topic you choose

Finally – please also blog your thoughts on the possible applications in libraries and/or higher education.

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Podcasts and multimedia: Activities 1 – 3 (4 is optional)

As the weeks go on we are discovering how many of the technologies featured in the programme can be integrated and enhanced by being used together.  So in this activity you’ll be having a go at utilising the technologies from previous weeks (blogs, wikis and RSS) with podcasts and online video.

Activity #1 – Pick your podcatcher and subscribe to some podcasts

In Week 3 you will have created an account with Bloglines or Google Reader and both of these readers can be used to subscribe to podcasts using RSS.

Or try something new and download iTunes and use that as your podcatcher.

There are podcasts on just about every subject under the sun so try and find ones which are of personal or professional interest to you – that way you’ll enjoy listening to them!

Step 1 – search for a podcast

Try using a couple of different podcast search engines such as iTunes, Podcastalley, Podcastdirectory, Everyzing and Podomatic and compare the results.  Remember you can also use Google or Yahoo; just add ‘podcast’ as a keyword in your search.

Step 2 – subscribe

When you’ve found your podcast you need to subscribe to it.  Look for the familiar orange RSS logo, or you may even see a handy button saying ‘Subscribe using iTunes, GoogleReader, Bloglines etc.  Alternatively look for the RSS feed URL and copy and paste that into your chosen podcatcher.

If you need a refresher on RSS then head back to the Week 3 post and activities on RSS, or contact the Learning 2.0 team.

Subscribe to at least 3 podcasts and then get your headphones on and have a listen to a couple.

Activity #2 – Create an account with YouTube or Google Video

Step 1 – register

If you’ve previously created an account with Google Reader then Google Video should recognise and you’re good to go.  Registering with YouTube just takes a few seconds.

Step 2 – search for some videos

Both Google Video and YouTube allow you to search for videos using keywords.  Have a go and see if you can find anything of interest. Try searching for ‘libraries’ and see what happens!

Step 3 – add some favourites and RSS feeds

Once you’ve found some videos you like try and make them a favourite, or set up an RSS feed so you’ll know when videos featuring similar content is added.

To find out more about these features go to the YouTube or Google Video help pages.

Activity #3 – Add media to your blog and wiki page

Step 1 – add audio to your blog

Follow these instructions to add audio files to your blog.  Think about copyright though!  You can find ‘podsafe’ music on Podsafe Audio, Jamendo and opsound.

Step 2 – add video to your blog and wiki page

If you haven’t done this already try adding a video to your blog and your wiki page.

Activity #4 – Become a podcaster! (Entirely optional)

If you think this podcasting lark sound easy then why not try it for yourself!

Step 1 – find out what you need to do

Try these quick tutorials which provide a good overview of the equipment and software you need to podcast, as well as tips on how to make your podcast great!

Step 2 – get some software

Audacity is free audio software for recording and editing your podcast.  It’s easy to use but these tutorials will help get you started.

Step 3 – podcast!

If you do podcast please let your fellow participants know and let them listen to your masterpiece.

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 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.

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.

 

Blogs: Activities 1 – 4

This week we’ve been looking at blogs

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!

N.B If you were able to attend the introductory session you will hopefully have completed Activities 1 -3 which means you can sit back and relax until next week!  Or if you like try Activity #4 and personalise your blog a bit, or take a look at the further reading.

Activity #1- Bag your blog!

Follow these simple steps to create your own blog.  You can also watch a brief tutorial we’ve produced to help you.

  • Go to WordPress.com, click on the big green ‘Sign up now!’ button.
  • Enter your username, password and email address (you can use either your Imperial email or your new Hotmail account)
  • Click the ‘Next’ button
  • Edit your domain name if you want to.  Your blog address will be http://yourdomainname.wordpress.com so choose carefully!
  • Edit your blog title if necessary.  This will appear at the top of your blog page – so again think carefully about the name.
  • Read the ‘terms of service’ by right clicking on the link and opening the page in a new tab.  You must check the box to confirm you’ve read these before continuing
  • Choose which privacy option you prefer
  • Click the ‘Sign up’ button
  • Check your email account for your WordPress activation email
  • Click the link given in the email and you’re off!

Activity #2 Email your blog details to us

We need:

Your name

Your blog address

Email your blog details to Learning 2.0 at learning2.0@imperial.ac.uk

Links to all the blogs will be put up on the Learning 2.0 blog.  When posting please bear in mind that work colleagues will be reading your blog, but you can make it as formal/informal as you like – it’s your blog.

Activity #3 – Write your first post

Each week you will be expected to post an entry of between 100 and 150 words.  Things to think about include what you thought of that weeks technology, what you learned and whether or not you think it would be appropriate in a work context (whether personally or as a part of the services we provide).  There are no right or wrong answers!

So your first post should be about blogs and maybe what you think of the Learning 2.0 programme so far.

And if you’ve got time…

Activity #4 – Explore templates and widgets

Explore templates

  • Click on the ‘Design’ tab in your dashboard and select ‘Themes’
  • Click on the template to preview how your blog would look
  • If you don’t like it, click the X in the top left corner
  • If you do like it click ‘Activate’ in the top right corner and you’ve got a new template.

Explore widgets

Widgets are bits of code which you can add to your blog to perform different functions.  For example you can add a calendar, or a list of your most popular posts.

To find out more about widgets and how to use them, visit the WordPress faq pages.