Posted by: Gillian | October 30, 2008

Great learners and nervous social networkers

Psychologists can have a field-day with this topic and there must be dozens of PhD papers out there on the subject but I haven’t bothered to look any of them up because ordinary everyday observation and more than a bit of liking that people do not come in tins like baked beans, means that would be on-the-ground irrelevant.  What am I on about?  Simply, the jargon of modern learning is getting in the way of some pretty useful tools.  Interestingly, in areas of the world where the internet is more accessible than a useful book, people get onto Facebook or any of its variants, join professional sites (e.g. LinkedIn) and use their mobile phones as near-constant means of finding interconnected sources of information.

I can not keep up in the text stakes.  Txt stks would probably go down in the family history along with the day I asked someone to begin the ‘smart chicken’ for dinner.  It was meant to be roast.

I am, however, finding endless uses for more normally typed forms of what the journalistic hares insist on calling Web2.0.  Cheer up!  The technology folk have moved on.  That means the rest of us can settle down and see what tools have come out of the ether and that we might be able to use because they actually make life easier.

Simple example: I had a few half-way decent photos I wanted to share with two people – one in a different part of the UK and one in France.  The UK link would have been rightly furious if they had gone to a work email address and the home connection is not good.  The French link is a great photographer and archives everything on CD using Adobe Photoshop.  I used an email address and Flickr to upload the few photos free so that those two people could see them and they were just automatically notified.

Moving back into the learning zone – death by Powerpoint may be a phrase of the past if what you really need is to get feedback on ideas.  You can share a slideshow with a closed group that you have alerted (by phone or email or group membership) or just post the slides on Slideshare with suitable tags and see who responds.  Take it from there.

And, that’s enough for this blog except to say that nervous blog respondents do not need to seek out email but are welcome to comment here.

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