So, I'll kick off!
My name is Tia Carr Williams and Im an english woman living in Columbus, Ohio (which I put down to bad karma). Ive been here for nearly five years and have been working online for most of that time. In my previous incarnations I have run my own health centre, worked in Personnel and Hospital management, been a mature student in Psychology and Religion and raised two fine young adults on the way.
I parlayed my soft skills training into being an online consultant for Social Media (plenty of us about) as well as moderating and facilitating and coaching new entrepreneurs.
Im very excited about the opportunities that New Media Technologies represent in the field of learning, teaching and training as I think we have an unprecedented situation in accelerating the knowledge of young people if we can capture their imagination and their natural proclivity towards net life.
Tomorrow's Elluminate session will feature Truls Henriksen, the CEO of www.EctoLearning.com who will speak with authority about the needs and challenges of social media for educators and their students. I do hope you will join us.
I'm looking forward to the session.
I'm David Bell, a Senior Lecturer in Education Technology at Simon Fraser University where I've been for about a thousand years.
I'm very interested in Social Networks & am looking for ways that I can possibly use them in my courses & also discuss ways they can be used in the K-12 classroom.
I do have some concerns about some of the safety & privacy issues around these networks & hopefully I can find ways to address these concerns.
For the past couple of years we have been working with an online professional development provider to repurpose their huge collection of digital learning objects to create new mini-collections of resources for teachers, instructional coaches, and other educators to access in an online learning community. Many of the modules we have developed focus on using technology, especially Web 2.0 technology to teach.
I also work as project director for an organization building an online suite of tools for teachers and students to access, use, share, and archive within their own virtual work space on our server. So, aside from being personally and professionally involved in using social media and networks, I am excited about the power of social media to help people of all ages learn.
I'm looking forward to this conversation. (Enjoyed the live session today--although I fear I spent too much time in the beginning trying to figure out how to use the technology--and where to plug in the headset! :>) I expect I can focus better next time.)
When possible, I make use of social networking tools in the courses that I work on as I am a firm believer in the benefits of learners learning from each other.
I don't believe that social networking tool and sites are nothing but warm and fuzzy (many issues related to privacy, bullying, access, etc.), but it is exciting to see some of the ways that educators and informal learning communities are making use of them.
I am the Professional Develop0ment and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator at Kwantlen's Centre for Academic Growth.
I am seriously interested in the opportunities available and really looking for ways to encourage people to try e learning.
Nice to meet you all.
I'm Barbara Dieu -Bee, as people call me online or Bee Kerouac in- world. I have been in ELT for more than 30 years now and am presently teaching EFL to students preparing their French baccalaureat at the Franco-Brazilian school in Sao Paulo. I am an amateur photographer and cook. I enjoy reading, listening to music, travelling, slow food and meeting people.
If social media means communication, I have been using it since 1997 in collaborative projects involving my classes and other students around the world and for professional development (e-mailing, forums, ICQ, photos, videos, Skype and more recently blogs, wikis and other tools popularly denominated Web 2.0). I belong to a number of communities of practice and social networking sites.
I blog at Wide Open Spaces
Looking forward to learning and sharing with you.
Im Tiaka Kobeshimi, so next time in inworld I shall send an invite.
Hello all, Michael McVey here. I am an Assistant Professor in Educational Media and Technology at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. I am a Canadian ex-pat born of parents who are British ex-pats. So I feel a deep connection with my Canadian and British colleagues in this discussion. I live, by the way, four hours north of Tia and just down the road from Cynthia in Dearborn.
I am immensely interested in social networking as an educational tool. I moderated social networks for teachers since 1995. Some wrote that the network was a lifeline and a safety net, an island of professionalism apart from their isolation. One worked on a reservation in Montana, another in the Florida Keys, and others expressed the isolation of teaching in urban settings where their colleagues had lost their joy in teaching years before.
This winter I will be teaching a class on the tools and theoretical underpinnings behind virtual worlds, social networking, and online communities of practice. I am delighted to be a part of Scope and will try to add my voice more often during this forum (I had to bail on the last one – sorry, Diedre).
Shortly after I graduated in the late 80's, I worked for a company that made instructional and commercial interactive video/touch screen applications. Our most popular project was a drug and alcohol awareness interactive video for teens.
Things have changed since then.
I went on to work as an analyst and traveling consultant for 16 years. I took a breather to spruce up the old homestead and have a look at how the world was using technology. Once I saw Small pieces loosely joined I was smitten. I became interested in peer production, social collaboration and the creation of value through web enabled connectivity.
These days I work at the Center For Educational Technology at SFU. I help people implement and use new technology and find it a a challenge to keep abreast of the changes. It takes time and skill to produce a great video or run a successful collaborative project. I'm always interested in how we can use technology in simple ways and get good value for our time spent.In this session I'll be soaking up your responses like a sponge, working behind the scenes to add them to our wiki and bookmarks. We have linked to a fine collection of social tools in the seminar description. We will be using them throughout this discussion and are happy to add more at your suggestion.
SL: Tree Sewell
My name is Cristina and I am a Portuguese in the UK.
I currently work with academic staff, assisting and stimulating them to incorporate learning technologies into their teaching and research approaches in a meaningful way.
I used to be an EFL teacher and am a proud member of the webheads in action.
I am really happy to be here.
Here's a brief introduction in the hope that I'll be able to follow along and take part in some of these discussions. My name is Nik Peachey and I work as a consultant / teacher trainer/ materials writer / instructional designer, and basically do whatever i can to keep my head above water. Prior to becoming a freelance I was managing teacher support websites for the British Council / BBC the main one being www.teachingenglish.org.uk. Over the space of 4 years I helped the British Council to develop these sites into an active 'community' of around 300k (mostly passive) user each month. Prior to this I had been working as a teacher, trainer and ICT trainer and materials writer in various developed and developing countries around the world ( Egypt, Ukraine, Singapore, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco and Italy) I'm now back in Morocco.
Nowadays, as I said, I try to make a living doing various jobs. I still work on some of the British Council's sites for English language teachers http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/ and http://searchenglish.britishcouncil.org/ and I've just volunteered to manage some of the IATEFL ( International association of teachers of English as a foriegn language) special interest group websites. The main one of these that may be of interest here is the Global Issues sig site: http://gisig.iatefl.org/.
I've also been working on dveloping course materials and TT materials for Second Life ( I'm Mark Kozhedub in SL)
When I'm not doing this, my 'hobby' and real passion is developing self access teacher development materials for my blog, which is aimed at helping teachers to use a range of learning technologies in their teaching. At the moment these live at: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/ but I'm hoping that over the coming year I can find the time to migrate these onto a proper website which I hope will make them more accessible. Much as I love the audience interaction that a blog can generate, I'd really like to make the structure and navigation a bit more user friendly. Anyway, that's enough about me, Time to get some work done.
I'm currently living in Brazil, and working on an MSc in E-Learning at Edinburgh uni - but as if that's not enough to getting on with, keep getting drawn to these Scope seminars. They seem to get better and better.
I'm particularly interested in digital game-based learning (see my blog: technoludology) and especially MMOGs, ARGs and other acronym-based games that involve large communities of players/learners. One project I'm working on with the Scottish Iniative for Biotechnology Education is a game that models the spread of a killer virus across the UK requiring young people to use a social network to stop it.
The rest of my time is spent helping to develop a social web startup - ki work - a search facility that specializes in online work. While not uniquely learning related, its an interesting project that forces me to consider how a growth in online teaching and learning might affect the teaching institutions of the future. Maybe that's for another course...
Anyway, glad to e-meet you all
My Facebook: http://profile.to/jimwolff/
My ki work offer: educational game design
My Second life: jim sanders (boring i know, but not yet got round to changing it yet :-))
My name is Anne Marie McEwan. I am currently growing my business, The Smart Work Company, in the UK. The company provides research on global workplace trends, strategic brainstorming workshops, and design and facilitation of action learning programmes for senior executives.
It seems to me that work-based, situated learning and social media are made for each other.
The practical issues I have so far experienced are around diversity - cultural differences, differences in communication preferences (formal and informal), differences in degrees of comfort with social media technologies, etc ...
I am hoping to learn from others and to share more of my own experience. How do you approach diversity? Although you can't please all the people all the time, can different portfolios of technologies be assembled for particular learning groups / teams (having performed some initial profiling)?
Looking forward to learning together.
... and I'm Nomadia Nordwind in SL
My name is Maggie Verster and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I am currently doing my masters in computer based education and I am absolutely passionate about getting the teachers to use ICT in their classrooms. At the moment I am on a "blogging drive". I thought I will pick a tool at a time and get the teachers interested in web 2.0 tools...
As we are in the middle of end of year exams and marking, I promised to summarise what is happening here for my teachers to keep track of at my blog http://maggiev.edublogs.org, so I better get on with catching up....
Sorry for joining late. I attended a conference in Tennessee but didn't take a laptop! The horror!
My name is Carolyn. I'm an instructional designer at the Nova Scotia Community College in Canada. I work with faculty to develop and deliver online courses. I recently co-facilitated a session (with my good friend Ian and others) for new faculty that involved some exploration with social media.
I'm excited about some of the opportunities that social media offer. I see lots of connection and informal learning happening through these new tools. A lot of my own learning happens through the conversations shared on blogs, in wikis, on Facebook (even though I'm hating the ads) and by participating in discussions like the ones we have here at SCoPE. I'd like to learn more about how we can transplant some of those great practices into formal learning experiences.
I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.
Where to find me ... (please feel free to "friend" me)
Look forward to catching up with the conversations....
Hello, my name is Jeffrey Keefer and I live and work in New York City. I am an instructional designer at a large healthcare organization, and I teach organizational communication in a business school here in Manhattan.
I am very interested in social media and how it is and can be used in education. As my student population is generally in the 20+ year old undergraduate, graduate, and adult groups. I am interested in this so I can learn more about ways of reaching my students.
With all of this I have started studying philosophy more formally, and in this way recognize that I am not the best at using social media with my own education, and think that the better I begin to use this myself, the better I may be able to reach out to offer support and learning challenges to my students.
I'm a Lecturer in a School of Computing in Portsmouth, on the South Coast of the UK.
I've come from a teaching background, and like many other here, am very interested in using assorted social technologies to support students in their learning. (Under/post graduate; campus based/ distance learners; 18 year olds/mature students. etc)
I've a blog at http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~duke-wie/blog - and am Emmadw Rickenbacker in SL.