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Hands-On Tutorial: Enhance Your Technology and Networking Know-How

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Contact information:
Caren: jlearn20 at etheoreal dot com
blogs: jlearn2.0,TechStew, JewPoint0 (Darim Online)
delicious: http://delicious.com/jlearn2.0

Special thanks to the amazing Teen Tech Mentors!!

Let's Keep the Momentum Going...

Dive into Social Bookmarking, Blogging, Wikis, or Social Networking. Too much of a commitment right now? Check out these resources and take a few out for a spin. Or read through the Sampling of Resources for Learning More and find something that grabs you to explore more.

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Getting Started On...


Social Bookmarks

Delicious
  • Set up an account on Delicious
    • Click on "Join Now"
    • Register. You will need to provide your First Name, Last Name, Email Address, User Name, Password, and word verification (so they know you are a real live person!). Read the Terms of Service. If you agree, check the box and proceed. Mazal tov! You are the proud new owner of a delicious account!
    • Remember your username and password.
    • Decide if you want your account to be public or private. Even if it is public, you can mark individual bookmark entries as private by checking "do not share." See Delicious settings information for more information.
  • Ok, now what?
    • Find a web page you want to bookmark (website, blog, online article, etc.).
    • Copy the url (web address)*
    • Go to your delicious account (www.delicious.com/yourusername)
    • Click on "Save a New Bookmark" - you will find it on the upper right hand corner, under the Delicious Search box
    • Paste the url (web address) of the site you want to save in the box where the cursor is flashing
    • Click "Next" Fill in the name of the site and any additional information in the Notes section. You can also fill in the Tag section with some key words that describe the entry's content. Think interactive library card catalog
    • Hit "Save" and you're done! You can go back and edit entries as well.
    • Find another site to bookmark. Lather, rinse, repeat! You get the picture!
    • *Tip: If you use Firefox or Internet Explore as your web browsers, you can download an add on that creates a Delicious button for your browser's tool bar. It will automatically call up the Delicious entry page with the url and name of the site you are bookmarking - this makes it as easy to save a Delicious bookmark as pressing a button!
    • Log out when you are finished if you are not at your own computer.
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Blogging

Blogger or Wordpress
  • Set up an account on Blogger or Wordpress (Blogger is good for extreme novices, Wordpress is more powerful; you can start on one and move to the other)
    • Blogger: Click on "Create Your Blog Now"
    • Register. You will need to provide an email address (it does not have to be a gmail address; you can create a Google account with any of your email addresses), a password, your username (how you want your posts to be signed), and word verification (so they know you are a real live person!). Read the Terms of Service. If you agree, check the box and click continue.
    • Name your blog and determine your blog's url (web address).
    • Mazal tov! You are the proud new owner of a Blogger blog account!
  • Ok, now what?
    • Edit your profile and save it.
    • Review settings.
    • Choose a layout.
    • Click on New Post. Choose a title for your blog post. Then write the body of the article. Save periodically. Create links, upload pictures, have fun, experiment! When you are ready to go live, hit "Publish Post."
    • Get blogging!
    • Explore other features such as Edit, Moderate Comments, and Label posts (tagging).
    • Log out when you are finished.

Wikis

Wikispaces
  • Set up an account on Wikispaces
  • NOTE: If you are an educator working in k-12 education, create your account here: www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers. This offer entitles you to a free premium (ad-free wikispaces account).
    • Choose a username and password. Enter your email address. Name your space (optional). Read the terms of use.
    • Click "Join"
    • Mazal tov! You are the proud new owner of a wiki!
  • Ok, now what?
    • On the upper left hand corner, under Actions, click on "Make A New Space"
    • Fill in the name of your wiki where it asks for "Space Name"
    • Determine whether you want the space to be Public (free), where everyone can view and edit your pages; Protected (free) where everyone can view pages, but only space members can edit them; or Private, where only space members can view and edit pages. You can have a preliminary private site for free for 30 days, after which you will need to subscribe at $5/month to keep it private. Otherwise, the site will revert to Public or Protected.
    • Once you have created your wiki, you will be taken to your new home page.
    • Click on the "Edit this Page" button (if you don't see it, be sure you are signed into the site)
    • A tool bar will appear. Click on the body of the wiki, delete the welcome text, and start typing.
    • Experiment with using bold, italics, underline, and other tool bar features.
    • Save often - if you are continuing to work on a document, scroll to the bottom of the page to "Save Draft" and click. This will save your work and let you continue without having to click on "Edit" again. You can also just click the "Save" button, which will save and then exit you from the document; click on "Edit" to continue editing.
    • To insert a link - highlight the word(s) you want linked to another page within your wiki or to a site on the Internet. Click on the first globe icon in the tool bar. You will get a pop-up window that will ask you where you want to link to. Choose "wiki link" if the link is a page in your wiki. Then select the page you want to link to from the drop-down menu. If you are creating a new page, it will automatically name it for you based on the words you highlighted. Feel free to change the name to something else if you like. Then hit "Ok." Choose external link if it is not. Paste or type the url (web address) and click "Ok." Voila! You are linked!
    • You can track revisions and even revert to earlier versions of your text - click on "Recent Changes" on the upper left hand corner of the first column under the "Actions" area.
    • Become familiar with "Manage Space" which is also found on the upper left hand corner of the first column under the "Actions" area. This is where you can change your design template, invite people to your wiki, keep track of your pages, and more.
    • "Save early, save often!"
    • Log out when you are finished if you are not at your own computer.
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Social Networking

Facebook
  • Set up an account on Facebook
    • Sign up with your name, your email, and a password.
    • Choose your gender from the drop-down menu, as well as your birth date.
    • Read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. If you accept, click "Join."
    • Mazal tov! You are the proud new owner of a Facebook profile. Mortify your children :)
  • Ok, now what?
    • On the top right "Settings" area, click on "Account Settings" to set up your overall account settings.
    • On the top right "Settings" area, click on "Privacy Settings" to set your privacy settings. Read carefully.
    • Edit your Profile.
    • Share something about yourself - what are you doing? Let people know by updating your status.
    • Find people you know on Facebook and add them as friends. Use "search" on top or "find friends" on bottom. See who you know in common.
    • Leave a message on a friend's wall.
    • Send email to a friend - click on the Inbox tab to compose.
    • Join a group. Looking for a group to join? See what interests your friends. Or conduct a "search."
    • Log out when you are finished especially if you are not at your own computer.
  • Learn More

Ning
  • Create your own social network
    • Sign up for a Ning account with you name, email address, password, birth date and word verification (so they know you are a real live person!). Read the Terms of Service and Privacy Poligy. If you agree, Sign Up.
    • Create your social network - name it, and choose a web address. Click "Create."
    • Create a Master Key.
    • Complete the Ning profile description.
  • Ok, now what?
    • Go to the Manage section. Click on "Your Network" and begin setting up Features and Appearance of your site.
    • Create your profile.
    • Build your space.
    • Invite others to join your site.
    • Write in your blog.
    • Create a group.
    • Add content.
    • If you don't want to create your own, but want to try one out as a participant, become a member of a Ning site.
    • Log out when you are finished especially if you are not at your own computer.
  • Learn More

Fancy Stuff On...


Social Bookmarks

Delicious
  • More, please!
    • See what other people are bookmarking - peek into their personal library. Go to the Delicious home page or see what I've bookmarked at my jlearn2.0 account to start you off. Find something that you want to bookmark? Hit the "save" button right next to bookmark's title. Make sure you are logged into Delicious and it will automatically save that bookmark in your account.
    • Create a network of Delicious accounts to follow. Find your friends, colleagues, or people who seem to share similar interests. Go to your account and click on the "Network" button (the tab under your Delicious account's name). Click on "Add A User to Your Network" - you will find it on the upper right hand corner, under the Delicious Search box. Type in the name of the Delicious account you want to follow and select "Add."
    • Follow a tag (key word) by clicking on the "Subscriptions" tab under your Delicious account name.Click on "Add A Subcription" - you will find it on the upper right hand corner, under the Delicious Search box. Type in the name of the key word(s) you want to follow and select "Add."
    • Organize your bookmarks - bundle them into larger categories. Read all about it here. The best way to learn it is to try it!
  • Learn More

Blogging

Blogger and Wordpress

Wikis

Wikispaces
  • More, please!
    • Practice uploading images and files to your wiki. Click on the green box ("Insert Images and Files") on the tool bar. Browse through your computer to find images or files (documents, pdfs, ppts) to upload. Click "Upload" and follow the directions for inserting your file into the wiki page.
    • Embed a widget - click on the TV-like image on the tool bar and choose the type of widget you would like to embed (i.e., video, poll, slideshow, calendar, etc.). Follow the directions to embed the code or content into your wiki.
    • Create a table by clicking on the grid image on the tool bar ("Insert Table"). Experiment with adding rows, columns, and headers.
    • You can manipulate the behind the scenes code if you go into "Text Editor" - find out more about Wikispaces coding here.
    • Add a Table of Contents to your page. Type two left brackets, the letters "toc", and then two right brackets. Use the headers feature to create content hierarchies (hint: it's the drop-down menu on the tool bar that turns 'Normal' font into headings.
    • Did you know you can also have discussions on Wikispaces? It's a little clunky, but it works! When you are out of "edit" mode, scroll up to the top of your wiki page. Click on the Discussion tab and follow the prompts.
  • Learn More

Social Networking

Facebook

Ning

Google

Tutorials


Social Signal's Web 2.0 glossary

The Common Craft Show provides explanations about the concepts behind these tools:

Common Craft Show


Medieval Help Desk (NRK)




Resources


Sampling of Resources for Learning More, compiled by Caren Levine, November 2008
Educause Series: 7 Things You Should Know About...
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2008 compiled by the Centre for Learning and Performing Technologies

Articles:

Kasper, Gabriel , and Diana Scearce. "Working Wikily: How Networks are Changing Social Change," Monitor Institute and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.
Thompson, Clive. "Brave New World of Digital Intimacy." New York Times, September 5, 2008.