Monday, May 25, 2009

Dealing with Youtube and other media

Hi everyone! We are back on deck with a new venue.

Corner of Bath and Goerge St. Watch me embed a map of the location!

View Otago Polytechnic Community Learning Centres in a larger map

Would you like to learn how to do that? Its much the same as with Youtube videos too.

Tonight we will learn how to embed media into our blogs AS WELL as how to set up an account on things like Youtube so that you find the best stuff for you're interests. You you don't have account on Youtube, then you're probably missing the best parts of it all! To you, Youtube must seem like a bunch of teenage home movies. Not so! The best stuff will reveal itself to you when you set up an account and start using it better!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


This is a kind of guest book. If you've hung out with us exploring social media and you think you're going to keep it up, how about you comment in your blog so we can follow your progress? If you keep reasonably active with your blogging, we'll list you here:
  1. Felicity -
  2. Michael -
  3. Chris -
  4. Marc -
  5. Jonathan -
  6. Veronique -

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Michael Wesch lectures

Hey, take an hour out (there's nothing on TV anyway) and watch this lecture by Michael Wesch:

A Portal to Media Literacy

If you liked it, I'd recommend taking another hour out and watching his other lecture:

An Anthropological Introduction to Youtube. No link 'cause I'm going to let you find it :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Week 2: Finding Delicious links

Hello everyone, it was a great turn out last week, and even though we were thwarted by Twitter not letting us all through, we still managed to get some good runs on the board. I have seen quite a few follow through with Twitter accounts, with a special mention to Veronique who went the extra yards and wrote something to her blog about Twitter! Thanks V

This week we'll separate the group into those who have a Google Reader account and those who don't.

Those who already do have a Google reader account:

Your task is to research recent information on "Social Media" using the Delicious online bookmarking service. Basically you will be browsing what other people around the world have bookmarked about social media, and noting good finds to your blog.
  1. Go to
  2. You should be able to tell by the URL that you are looking at my delicious account, were I have bookmarked a number of items to do with social media.
  3. Browse the links in this list, and open things that interest you in a NEW TAB
  4. When you have finished browsing the list, look closely at the things you have opened, and prepare to write a post to your blog on the things that stood out for you most of all. Note what the link you like is, why you think it is important, and how you think you might use it in future.
  5. Now spend some time looking at bookmarked items that all delicious users have under "socialmedia". The URL therefore will simply be
  6. Notice the "Popular and Recent" link at the top of the list that will assist your browsing.
  7. Subscribe to the RSS feed for these bookmarks
  8. If you have time, write another post to your blog for anything you have found that you think Leigh should use in the course.
For those who don't have a Google Reader account:

  1. We will simply set up an account with Google Reader and use it to subscribe to information feeds like blogs and bookmarks. Review the notes from the last workshop.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Week 1. Microblogging (Twitter) + setting up a blog and/or applying a fancy template

Hello all, and welcome to our new participants.

Tonight, lets focus the first hour on Twitter. I suspect that twitter will help us all understand the nature of blogging more quickly. Twitter is becoming VERY popular, and to experienced bloggers, it seems to operate much the same as blogging has done for several years, but much more quickly, mainly because when you post to your twitter you are limited to 140 characters! Making it quick to write, and quick to read. For this reason, things like twitter are known as microblogs.

Here's a video showing you how twitter works:

It is my hope that by using twitter for an hour, the new comers will more easily appreciate how blogging works, and the veterans in the group will learn something entirely new and fun!

After that, the new comers have the option to set up a propper blog (here's notes on how from the last workshop), at the same time I'll show the veterans how to apply a fancy template with navigation tabs. Hope to see you all tonight at 6pm