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Andrius Kulikauskas Self Learners Network. Think Through Art with Andrius Kulikauskas. Directory of ways of figuring things out. Chicago Street Artist Blog. Video summary of knowledge of everything. Notes on Gamestorming. Living by Truth working group. Twitter: @selflearners Email: ms @ ms.lt
Edward Cherlin Earth Treasury
Kennedy Owino Nafsi Afrika Acrobats
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Samwel Kongere Mendenyo
George Christian Jeyaraj
Lucas Gonzalez Santa Cruz
Christine Ax, Steve Bonzak, James Ferguson, Maria Agnese Giraudo, Marcin Jakubowski, Ed Jonas, Rick Nelson, Hannington Onyango, Linas Plankis, Proscoviour Vunyiwa
Andrius helped with the following websites:
Learning From Each Other
PamelaMcLean, Learning From Each Other, July 1, 2007 Here at LFEO we are trying to use the Internet effectively to learn from each other, so I want to consider some of the tools we are using, share experiences and ideas, and generally help us to work together effectively.
We all belong to the learningfromeachother yahoo group, so we know about posting to groups. Sometime perhaps we should have a discussion about how we can do it in ways that are most effective, and most considerate to each other.
We already have a separate thread discussing our e-meetings, but I will just mention them here too. I hope gradually more and more of us will become comfortable with meeting together "in real time" - at the chat room with Andrius and at Trainserspod with Asif. My personal preference is for building our numbers up gradually, so that we continue to relate to each other like a group of friends, and we develop ways of doing things at our e-meetings that suit us as a group. As we get confident and comfortable with the 'shape' of our e-meetings so we will invite more 'outsiders'.
Other ways to communicate and collaborate
There are also other ways that we use the Internet to communicate and collaborate. There is our Wiki, which has been mentioned in various Minciu Sodas threads recently. Chris Macrae has encouraged us to join facebook, and to use youtube. An increasing number of my contacts are moving over to googlemail (or gmail) addresses and starting to use various related Google utilities. I have experimented with Moodle (I won't be discussing Moodle in this post - except to mention now that it is Open Source software, and sometime I would like to explore Open Source use within this group if people are interested).
There are lots of positive things about wikis. It was lovely to see David's recent LFEO post with the Minciu Sodas wiki link that gave lots of additional information about David and his work. I have also appreciated going to pages for information about Sasha and others. We need to pull together the information that is generated through postings to our groups. The wiki provides a central e-location where we can find information much more easily than by going though the archives of our posts. Also we sometimes need to share longer, more detailed information than we can send in emails. The MS wiki is a useful way to tackle all these needs, and it has other useful features such as the MyFoodStory database, and a flavour of all the latest things that are happening, or being discussed. Andrius, Sasha and others are collaborating to make this information available for us.
Andrius - I appreciate how much hard work is going into the wiki and I feel guilty that I am not helping you with this work. I like the vision and aspirations behind wikis and I appreciate wikis for reference. However although I like wikis in theory there is something about the practice of wikis which makes me reluctant to actually work on them, and I may as well confess to that fact - so that you know it is not just a skills barrier that holds me back but an attitude barrier as well.
Franz - You wrote something a while back about wikis, comparing them to building a house - I didn't understand all you said - but I felt that I agreed with you. My reluctance is not specifically about the MS lab wiki - I feel the same about other wikis that people want me to collaborate with - even the one that we did for the first Teachers Talking course. I like what wikis try to do, but I am not personally "comfortable" with the way they do it. This is a personal prejudice. I know that many people do like working with wikis.
(I would like to engage in a dialogue about that ... Franz)
I am still discovering what Facebook offers (I was reluctantly dragged there by Chris Macrae. I didn't want to join any more groups - but he kept offering interesting links that I could only read by logging on to Facebook - so in the end I gave in and logged on). My first impression is that it is quite simple to use - and it also has hidden depths that will take me some time to discover. It carries a lot of photos, so I think it is probably "bandwidth hungry" and may download too slowly at cyber cafes. I have friends at Facebook who are cyber cafe users - including LFEO members Fred, Samwel, and David - guys - I would be interested to know your impressions.
Google collaborative tools
I am finding Google calender and Google docs easy to use. With Google docs you can work on a document alone, or with others. You can email it to others (push it to them) or publish it so it is available for anyone to read.
So far I have only published two Google documents. One is ICT4Ed Learning-by-Doing http://docs.google.com/Edit?tab=view&docid=dcnkw5vd_171gc4mwh - which gives background to our LFEO chatroom e-meetings and our Trainserspod e-meetings. The other is one I prepared for the Teachers Talking course in Kenya, but I have published it because some of the background I wrote there about TT may be of interest to others http://docs.google.com/Edit?tab=view&docid=dcnkw5vd_190d742nb
It is possible to put active links into Google docs, and I have included links to LFEO and Minciu Sodas in the documents that I have published. Andrius - when I publish anything on Google docs I would be happy for the Minicui Sodas wiki to point to the information. Would that work?
Here are some ideas and bits of information about our next e-meetings
E-meetings: Ref July 26th and August 2nd
August2nd2007 There has been discussion on the thread : URGENT Rusinga Video : Orphans About use of cameras and uploading images to the Internet. David suggested we should have this as a topic for one of our chat e-meetings. I suggest we do so at our next chat e-meeting which will be August 2nd. Obviously people are already exchanging information about this, but on August 2nd if we make photos and video the focus of our e-meeting, we can share what we know in another way.
Setting the agenda If you have questions you want to ask or issues you want to address, please start to send them in so that we can create an agenda.
Chairman We will need a chairman again. Andrius I would be happy if you would do that again. Alternatively, I think Sasha that you are interested in having a go, and I would be happy with that arrangement too. Perhaps you two would have a chat and decide what is best for August 2nd. Or if you can't do it please let me know.
July26th2007 On July 26th we will be having another e-meeting arranged by Asif of Trainerspod using Elluminate audio graphic conferencing. I know it is difficult for some people to attend because it involves listening to sound as well as looking and typing, but please attend if you can - I do not want two separate groups develop, with each group only going to one set of meetings.
Core group I hope we will develop a core group who can attend all our e-meetings - the e-meetings at the chat room and the e-meetings at Trainerspod. I see them as being like the Internet equivalent of club meeting for LFEO people, and for our contacts. I hope that the core group will make sure that ideas flow across between the two- e-locations so no-one gets left out of what we are LearningFromEachOther.
I have started a blog called LearnByDoing - which has more information about July 26th and things relating to it. Unfortunately there is a temporary problem with it (caused by the blog spam filter) and it requires a human being to sort it out (which could take up to two days). the address is http://learningbydoinguk.blogspot.com/
Hope to e-meet you These meetings are getting exciting and we are getting to know each other and learn from each other. I hope many of you will be able to attend - new people and "regulars".