Wednesday Night Lights: Software Guides
Recently I gave a presentation at the public library about social software. They wanted me to talk about nine different* social software/web 2.0 products (MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Blogs, Twitter, del.icio.us, Second Life, and RSS) in an hour-and-a-half. Not surprisingly, we went almost two hours and only gave the barest glimpse into what these products could do.
It was fun. I was happy to do it. And what made it even easier were Educause's 7 Things You Should Know About... series of articles. They had an article for each thing I talked about. Each article answers seven questions about the topic at hand:
- What is it?
- Who's doing it?
- How does it work?
- Why is it significant?
- What are the downsides?
- Where is it going?
- What are the implications for teaching and learning?
If you need to give your own presentation about newer technologies (including things like Ning, Lulu, Skype, haptics, and on and on) this is a great place to start. They gave me better background information to talk in front of a group of people as well as being a resource that my audience could use later.
*ok, they only had six [MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Blogs, del.icio.us, and Second Life] listed in the programming description, but I felt YouTube, Twitter, and RSS needed to be talked about, and I didn't think I should remove any of the ones that were already listed in the calendar description...
**if I had only talked about one topic, or even a few, I would have considered making copies of the flyer for everyone, but I couldn't really make copies of all nine technologies for everyone.