Harry was working on some new internet buzzwords this morning. Later today, I hope to be learning more about GHOS, Mady, and JiLT. Looks like some HTMl tags floating around the table too.
I’ve been just as guilty of doing Social Software / Web 2.0 type demos that are the equivalent of urban strength fire hoses. “Let’s get ’em bloggin’ and wiki’in and bookmarkin’ and flickrin’ and …”
It seems almost like a techno fools natural tendancy to try and get everyone excited abotu everything.
But the alphabet soup is likely a big bowl to slurp.
In my numerous worthy discussions this week with Brian Lamb, I am rethinking pressuring up that hose in the future. I am thinking that a more in depth experience with one sort of tool would be more effective.
I have seen this in a past session at UC San Diego (thanks Bernie Dodge) that flickr is the ideal candidate because:
* everyone has a personal interest / use for digital photos
* the interface is just plain fun and even sarcastic (remember the reference to “fascinating terms of service” and also elegant (I fell early in love with the pre-AJAX in page editing)
* it makes tagging meaningful
* the groups provide connectivity, discussion, sharing
* comments and favorites are a means of blogging via commenting
* the creative commons pool is soemthing every one should be intimately aware of
* The number of 3rd party tools and apps has more use and interest grab points than anything I have ever demo-ed (Spell With flickr is my all time fave)
* free slide shows from sets, tags, favorites, etc
* Hotspots. Hotspots. Annotated freaking hotspots. I cannot believe that not more teachers have dove into the flickr notes feature. After it being more than a year old, I still find Beth Harris’s Art History example as my only educational thing that uses this! What discipline does not have a use for a tool to created annotated images? And with links one can embed, think about the range of non-linear stories one can weave across images?
That is just my sales pitch. I can see a workshop /activity /session scaffolding first on doing some things with basic photography skills- taking good digital imegs, being creative with using a camera to capture metaphors and symbols. Then move on to basic photo editing in either iPhoto or Picassa/.
In flickr, one starts even before loading images. Teach how to search for photos, how to use tags, how to post comments.
Move on to loading images, writing captions, creating sets.
Advance to topics like using the annotation/notes, creating/using groups and pools, post to blog, embedding an RSS feed or badge in another web site.
There is a lot of social software one can do with just one little flickr.