Digital Dinosaur

I’m a digital dinosaur – or so some of the Year 10 boys at school would have it!

Today we had the Year 10 computing exams. These are held on the same day across the state of New South Wales, to test students knowledge and skills in core computing skills related to media, file sizes, processes,  storage etc.

So much chatting afterwards. A group of friends were gathered around a computer, and began to discuss the computing world as they see it. A lively discussion ensued, but my ears pricked up when one boy said,

Can you believe that my mum has FaceBook? Like, why does a 40-year-old mother need FaceBook?

A few other ‘old’ people of similar age were quoted and discussed. The final pitch to end that topic,

Don’t they have a life?

Thank goodness I could smile and keep quiet. What WOULD they have thought of me and my FaceBook account …… at my age :-)

Facebook Chat – more talking!

Logged into Facebook after coming home from the movies, to discover that my Facebook had acquired a Chat function.

Yet another thing to think about and integrate into my online communications and organisational tools.

Actually, I use Facebook quite a bit one way or another – not for the silly game things, but more as a way of quickly staying in touch, and organising meetings, events etc. Using standard email just doesn’t seem to ‘cut it’ for everything anymore.

Let’s see how it all pans out.

Facebook says:

We’ll be rolling this out slowly going forward, but fairly soon you’ll notice our new Chat bar at the bottom of your browser—no installation or assembly required. From this bar you can view your list of online friends and open conversations with any or all of them. There’s no need to setup a “buddy list.” Unlike the Wall or Inbox, the messages are delivered and displayed to your friend as soon as they’re sent, so you should expect a response right away and without any page loading.

We’re working on pulling other features of the site into the real- time Chat world. Your notifications will now arrive in the Chat bar, and while chatting you’ll see your friend’s Mini-Feed activity thrown into the conversation, as it occurs.

Chat is by no means a new concept, as instant messaging systems have been around for over a decade. But just as other features on Facebook have allowed friends to communicate more efficiently than before, we hope Facebook Chat will make it easier to connect instantly

So I’m looking forward to my first chat :-) with this new tool.

Ning Facebook face-off?

You’ve got to love the pace of change…now it’s OpenSocial!

For those of you who don’t eat, breathe, and sleep web standards, OpenSocial is a new open web API being spearheaded by Google. OpenSocial applications will be able to run easily and reliably inside social networks, and be able to be tailored by the user to create personalisation of their social space.

Ning already has one-click integration with Facebook automatically on your social network using the Facebook proprietary platform approach.

Now Ning has released OpenSocial across their now 115,000 social networks. This means that you can enable OpenSocial “Apps” or “Gadgets” on your social network on Ning today!

So if you are a Network creator, you have the choice to add OpenSocial Gadgets to your network- it is entirely optional. If you don’t choose the OpenSocial Gadget option from the Features page, then your members will not have the option to add OpenSocialOpenSocial Gadgets to their profile page. It’s up to you. If you do decide to enable Gadgets on your network, your members can add any OpenSocial Gadget of their choice to their member profile page.

Keep up to date with ongoing Ning changes and developments at the Ning Blog.

I think there is a rumbling in the firmament again! Facebook – hang on!

Here’s a quick screencast which describes how to get started with OpenSocial Gadgets on your social network right now.

From Ning Blog. Photo: FaceOff

A [r]evolution in student’s learning needs

Here is a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime.

Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

Important things in this to consider for our school students too!

  • Love your wiki – wetpaint style!

    Instead of focusing on the mechanics of a wiki, this video from Commoncraft Productions is much more about how a wiki can become an expression of passion and why someone would want a wiki.

    AND Wetpaint released a Facebook app that enables Facebook members to create full Wetpaint wikis within Facebook. Very cool!

  • Here’s one mighty mini-library on Facebook

    GerryMcKiernan reports on the mini-library application for the social networking site Facebook – which makes me very envious!

    Named Mini Library it is now available for searching The European Library, an online portal to major European OPACs.

    The portal allows users to search through the resources of 30 of the 47 national libraries involved in The European Library. Currently The European Library gives access to 150 million entries across Europe.

    I WANT one of these for Australia!