Writingmatrix: http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com
CONNECTing students with blogs, tags, and social networking

Vance Stevens, Nelba Quintana, Rita Zeinstejer Saša Sirk, and Doris Molero
presenting at WiAOC 2007
Webheads in Action Online Convergenc
May 18, 2007

What the project covers
How to start a blog
How to post to a blog
How to edit a post
How to TAG a post, and why you should do this
How to find others using the same tags you've placed in your posts http://www.technorati.com

What RSS is, and why it's important
How to subscribe to RSS feeds generated by other bloggers
How to open a http://www.bloglines.com account, and why you should do this
How to organize and follow each other's updated blog postings
How to open a http://del.icio.us account, and why it's important

How to get the del.icio.us browser button and tag sites you visit
How to see who's tagged YOUR pages and find other tags they are interested in

PARTNERS
Nelba Quintana in La Plata, Argentina http://englishvirtualcommunity.blogspot.com/
Rita Zeinstejer in Rosario, Argentina http://caeb2007.podomatic.com
Doris Molero in Venezuela http://www.doris3meflcenter.blogspot.com
Saša Sirk in Slovenia: http://rostilj.blogspot.com

BLOGGER
Starting a blog (newly updated April 20, 2007 at http://www.vancestevens.com/blogs.htm
How to post
Edit a post
TAG a post, and why you should do this For this project, we tag all posts, pictures, etc. writingmatrix (plus any other terms to describe a post)
More here: http://www.homestead.com/prosites-vstevens/files/efi/blogger_tutorial.htm

TECHNORATI
Technorati scans blogs to find other postings with tags you search for
Tracking tags at http://www.technorati.com
E.g. http://technorati.com/tag/writingmatrix
The teachers will discuss their experiences with this

RSS
What RSS is, and why it's important http://www.vancestevens.com/rss_edu.htm
Will Richardson’s
RSS Quick Start Guide for Educators http://www.weblogg-ed.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/RSSFAQ4.pdf
Blog post regarding his presentation "RSS: The New Killer App for Educators" http://www.weblogg-ed.com/2005/01/31#a3087
BLOGLINES
How to open a http://www.bloglines.com account, and why you should do this
How to subscribe to RSS feeds generated by other bloggers in the project (in Bloglines)
How to organize and follow each other's updated blog postings

DEL.ICIO.US
How to open a http://del.icio.us account, and why it's important
How to get the del.icio.us browser button and tag sites you visit John Pederson's del.icio.us guide for educators at Google docs seems to have a problem at the moment: http://pedersondesigns.com/2006/11/24/delicious-guide-for-educators-part-1-tools-tagging/ (but Google produces plethora of others similar)
How to see who's tagged YOUR pages and find other tags they are interested in

Collaboration in online spaces
Wikis e.g.
http://www.wikispaces.com
http://www.pbwiki.com
Google docs & spreadsheets
http://docs.google.com