I created a twitter widget and added it to my “sidebar” in my wordpress blog. I discovered along the way that because of the theme I am using my sidebar is actually not on the side! It is hidden in an icon at the top right (looks like a gear) which then toggles displaying the twitter feed appear at the top of the page.
I must remember that what looks pretty might not always be what is most practical! The common dilemma of form versus function.
Week three task is to add yourself to our community map. The map is private currently, so I can’t embed it here, but it was quite fun to play with the POI icons when I added myself.
We discovered that sharing a map with a community didn’t give editing rights, so Thom had to add the community members individually by their gmail addresses. Maybe that is a little bug.
Week two of MOSOMELT we are asked to add a video using Vine or Instagram. I took a quick look at both of them on my laptop. Oops. Should have started on my phone.
Okay, so I decided to install Instagram. Unfortunately that required more space than my phone had. Since I started syncing my photos with Google Plus I have no space on my Nexus 5 phone. I had to find ways to download my photos and delete the photos from my phone. Surprisingly tricky.
I finally got Instagram installed and figured out how to create a video. But our wifi is not great at work (wat?) and it continuously failed to upload the video. Finally got it uploaded, and then managed to work out how to Tweet it. Figured opening Instagram on my laptop and getting a link to paste in MOSOMELT cMOOC was the easiest way to share it with the Google + community. I still need to comment on other participant videos.
I have to say, that if it takes me half a day to do this, I feel horrified for people who are not digitally savvy.
This week I joined MOSOMELT. I meant to join last week (or was it the week before?) but this week a prompt from a colleague reminded me to actually leap in and signup. What am I talking about? I’m talking about a cMOOC designed by some lovelies at AUT as a professional development strategy that takes on a distributed communities of practice approach. Over 24 weeks MOSOMELT will take us on a journey of Mobile Learning Technologies (with some friendly global experts) designed to develop both our personal eportfolios and pedagogical practice. There is an option for validation by external CMALT accreditation too. Why? I think this can provide a valid and effective way to offer and receive professional development. Enrolling in a cMOOC with some work colleagues means we have strengthened the likelihood of successful completion as we can motivate each other to stay engaged (a common problem with online only courses). There is also a great community of practice involved, with many members I know and respect for their contributions, so I can imagine this can be a robust course with some excellent opportunities to develop my portfolio, and my practice. See you there!