Fun Group Projects

So I have completed my two fun group projects for CI5530.  You can find both of these projects on my website for this course, HERE.  In one of the projects, we created various social media sites for Ice Cream Lovers, and the other project we created an ASU version of the Evolution of Dance.  Check them out!

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Final Individual Project

Click HERE to see my website for this course (CI5530).  Click HERE to view my final individual project. The idea behind this project was to create a social media tutorials on how faculty members could use various social media, like Twitter, SoundCloud and Worpress to create an online multimedia CV that will promote their research and scholarship beyond traditional scholarship arena.  Also, included is a social media policy that I created to guide the faculty members on how (the do’s and don’ts) to use social media in the academic setting.

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Tying the Worlds Together

So this was a challenging assignment.  After reading this assignment for the first time, I honestly thought that I probably would not complete it.  Before this class, I deleted the majority of my social media accounts including Facebook.  I was trying to eliminate my dependency on social media and freeing myself from social media.  This is what made this class incredibly challenging for me and especially this assignment.  However, I was contacted by one of my classmates, Ruth, about meeting in person for the first time.  Ruth lives in China and was traveling back to the States and emailed me to see if I wanted to meet up in person.  I agreed and was completely open to meeting her since we have had some good interactions together during this class.  Plus, it seemed a little bit safer to meet her than someone I randomly met on a social network.  We met last night in Durham, and Ruth’s mother, Beverly was there too.  I was a pleasure to meet both Ruth and Beverly.  We talked for about 20-30 minutes, learning a little bit more about each other and our experiences during this class.  It was surprisingly comfortable to talk to Ruth and Beverly and I enjoy getting the chance to meet both of them.  I feel like we created a connection that would could not create online during the class or using a social network to communicate.  I think both Ruth and I will always remember this experience and we will carry with us throughout the program if we have classes together in the future.  Below is a picture of me and Ruth:

ASU Classmates

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Non-Copyright Content

The Internet Archive is a great resource that I use for work, from time to time.  The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library.  Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.  The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.  One real cool part of the Internet Archive is the Wayback Machine.  The Wayback Machine allows you to browse through over 240 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.  To start surfing the Wayback Machine simply type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start.  Then select from the archived dates available.  Check it out, you can see how one website has changed over the years!

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Wishtrip Map

I have been to a lot of places in the United States, but have yet to travel around the world.  I have been to Asia, but I have not been to Europe or Australia.  I am looking forward traveling across the pond and back to Asia in the next couple of years.  My wife has been to all 50 states, but has not been to Asia yet.  So in the next year or so, we intend to travel to Asia.  After that, we plan on traveling to Europe.  Using Google Maps to create a wish trip list is a great way to see where we want to go in the future and it gets us excited just looking at the map.

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Geotagging

So this is the first time that I have used the geotagging function on Flickr, and I really think it’s pretty cool.  I am thinking about uploading a lot of the pictures that I have on my home computer to Flickr, just to see all the different places that I have been in the past couple of years.  I love traveling and it’s great to see where my pictures were taken.  It’s a great way to reminisce about various trips and the pictures I took.

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Here is a link to my Flickr Map.

After geotagging my photos, it is amazing to see the information available in the EXIF data.  It can read the date the photos was taken and the type of camera.  I am sure there is a lot of other information available in the EXIF data, it’s scary to think what other information is available.

The TED video is amazing.  The use of Photosynth software is really cool.  Being able to use still photos from the Web to recreate dreamscapes that allow us to navigate them is crazy.  Using EXIF data to do this is unbelievable.  Technology is advancing so quickly and it’s almost scary to think what we could use this data for.  Let’s hope this is used for good and exploration and not evil and exploitation.

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SLED

SLED is Second Life in Education

I attended the Saturday, April 6, 10 AM lecture in physics about the Higgs Boson presented by Professor Rob Knop aka Prospero Frobozz from Quest University Canada held at the SLT Exploratorium Sim.  I first tried attending this lecture at 10 AM EST, but after logging on to SL I realized that the Exploratorium is located in San Francisco, CA.  So I tried again at 1 PM EST, 10 AM PST.  The lecture started right on time, 10AM PST.  There were about 30 people who attended the lecture, which was completely transmitted by voice.  Attendees were chatting throughout the lecture, but only the lecturer’s voice could be heard (most of the time, some times I could hear people eating chips) along with a full deck of PowerPoint like slides.  It was quite amazing to see so many people attending a lecture in SL.  I was an interesting experience, very similar to attending a lecture in person, with the added ability to chat with other attendees in SL.  However, the negative to this experience was that I knew nothing about Higgs Boson or really anything the lecturer was talking about.  While I did great in HS and college physics, this stuff was way beyond my comprehension.  During the 1 hour lecture, I did find myself browsing the Internet mostly because I did not understand the content of the lecture.

I do think having lectures on various topics of interest in SL is a great way to get people interested in a topic together.  For large lectures, using SL for large lectures seems to be ideal.  I know other ways to communicate via the Internet are limited to the amount of people who can attend.  Tools, like GoToMeeting, WebEX, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc. limit the number of people who can attend a conference or lecture, while in SL it seems that an unlimited number of people could attend a conference or lecture.  After attending this lecture, I see the possibilities of using SL as a way to connect people in education with others interested in a topic or experts in the field, like Prof. Rob Knop.

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Resume Promo

Significant experience using Web 2.0 tools and social media, with the ability create a comprehensive social media strategy that market and increase visibility as well as implement and manage social media programs.  Experimented with new and alternative ways to leverage social media, while strategizing and educating administrators, faculty and staff on incorporating social media techniques into the academic curriculum that market the law school’s innovative approach to education.

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Fun Group Projects

Well one of my favorite YouTube video is the “Evolution of Dance.”  We could all record ourselves dancing a portion and create a single video of us dancing all the different styles:

Piggy backing on the idea of using animals in our group project.  We could record our animals (like the Ultimate Dog Tease), dogs, cats, birds, etc. talking to each other.  We could edit each of our videos and put them together to make it look like they are talking to each and us.

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Reviewing Course Objectives

OLD:

  1. Discover what is Web 2.0 and social media
  2. Learn how to use Web 2.0 tools and social media effectively in an academic setting, specifically in a law school setting
  3. Learn how to use various forms of media, like audio, visual and video to enhance the Web 2.0 and social media experience

NEW:

  1. Use Web 2.0 tools and social media effectively in an academic setting, specifically in a law school setting
  2. Use Web 2.0 tools and social media to: (1) promote library awareness to the faculty and students; (2) engage administration, faculty and students beyond the walls of the library; and (3) create an online presence for the law school.
  3. Do these three things through social media, and audio, visual and video to enhance the experience.

My initial objectives for this course really shows my shallow understanding of how social media and Web 2.0 can impact a community.  Although I may not be extremely comfortable sharing my life story through social media, because of my experience in this class I can really see the potential it has to connect people with people, products and services.  Through this class I have been exposed to a lot of different services and tools.  While I am still learning how to use most of these, I am excited to learn more about what services/tools are the best in an academic setting and how I can use these services/tools to leverage my objectives.

EXPERIENCE

Now I wish, at the beginning of this class, I was more experience with using Web 2.0 tools and open to sharing on social media.  However, I think because I was not, this class has helped open my eyes to the possibilities and becoming more capable that I am excited to be more involved in social media.

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