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Thursday, 31 May 2007

Myspace - Positive, Constructive Learning - A New Reality!

To Any Readers - I wrote this months ago - only just found that I never published it - it appears that this was truly the beginning of an amazing journey, one that has taught me, never to expect anything! September 2006 was my first real encounter with myspace. I knew of it, I had heard all the press wished for me to hear, my children had their own myspace, however I had not myself explored the world that is myspace. At the time, I was in my spare time working in a voluntary capacity, for Support Act Limited Victoria, the Victorian Chapter of Support Act Limited a charity, looking after Australian Musicians, in times of hardship support. As with most charities these days, the competition for donations, sponsorship and the like is fierce, the advent of the internet and global interactions daily, bringing charities for every cause known to the attention of a global audience. We wanted to raise funds and have minimal outlay, only one paid person on staff nationally, the rest of us volunteers and worked with organisations who provided us with many in kind services and products. So, I jumped into myspace world and created one for the charity, I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning and once I had the background and layout I was happy with, I remember sitting and staring at the computer waiting for something to happen. Interestingly, nothing happened so I sat a devised a strategic plan, thinking of who I may wish to connect with, artists, bands, record labels, tv stations, radio stations, the public etc. In doing this I was able to search and find my targets who I invited as friends. A few days of hard work, searching and inviting, posting to my blog with relevant information and then it took on a life of its own. Artists/Musicians who I had known for years in Oz and overseas, were sending me neat messages, offering support for the cause, to play at events, to be advocates, record labels and promoters offering free tickets to concerts, back stage passes, all came flooding in. Each had spread the word through their established networks and I had masses asking to be my friend. Management became easier as time went on, but I did learn quickly that most expect quick responses to emails etc, so it needed a daily check to keep on top of everything. All in all a great success, and as time has gone on, I have noticed more and more charities and more articles about charities globally using myspace as a promotional tool. With this still ticking, I decided to try out myspace for my own company - in the past worked around providing consulting and training in the e-world and wondered if I could diversify a little and offer a grant writing service for those in the music industry. Many of my friends had advised me that they had not gone for grants in the past as they had no idea how to write the application - they would say 'we are musos we don't know about such stuff'. There were others that believed that there was no point as the same people/organisations got the funding each year no matter what. So, they do not know how to approach and write and maybe the same people get them year after year, because they have someone who writes the applications for them?????? My brain was ticking and bull at a gate I went for it. I created a myspace for Jazazi, I posted new grants on my blog and offered a grant writing service. With no past experience to speak of (tender and contract writing for government projects), but not quite writing a grant for funds for touring, recording and the like). I was approached by a young Oz band, who wished to go for a grant 'Touring Regional Victoria' and asked if I would write it for them. They were happy to pay, but I was on a learning curve, in more ways than one, myspace, delving further into the music industry and its politics, writing applications I had never seen before, so I suggested I do for nothing and see how it all went. Two months of waiting and whilst I knew the criteria had been addressed and all else seemed in order, the selection process was not clear and thus even harder to predict an outcome. I can now tell you that tomorrow, the funding announcements will be made by the Minister in Victoria at a special event in Ballarat. I have been invited and the band, The Resignators are jumping for joy as we got the funding - I am still in shock but so pleased for the guys and gals in the band. We found out three days ago, and already I have messages on myspace, others to my general email, phone messages, all from others who wish to have me write applications for them - all of them they have become aware of from my blog, where I post updates on grants/funding opportunities - interesting in itself as many have thanked me for doing so, as they do not know where to look or do not have the time, so to have all put together in one accessible place, now sees more and more artists/bands wishing to apply and thankful for the information, which I must admit, is scattered around on numerous websites. Challenges, Learning, Myspace, Networking, Charities, New Business - who would have thought! So what does all this mean???? Challenging myself and taking on myspace alone for the charity, provided great learning and personal growth, the learning not just for me, but those engaged in the charity with me, as they were all curious about what it was I was up to ( for a whole bunch of creative's, they were a little skeptical and some gave me a little grief). My personal challenge paid off, with many positive results for the charity then and continuing today. Listening to those around me, finding a gap in the market place, one I thought would have been filled but is not, and taking what I had learnt about myspace to date, I was able to transfer to my own business and trying something new. I read, researched grants, past applications, anything I could find on the topic I devoured. I gave it a shot and I achieved something that at the start of 2007, I never would have even thought of - grants, funding, applications for the music industry were not even in the back of my mind. A new business venture, an added, new and exciting chapter in my life journey. A venture not planned in the beginning, borne of the use of myspace, challenging myself and the networking potential of myspace. Could I have made such a transition so quickly 18 months ago? I doubt it. I would have had to plan websites, promotional packs, business cards etc, a significant outlay of funds and all the time, waiting for others to see me and come to me. Myspace allowed me to use my time, take time to think, make mistakes, learn everyday and connect with people in a personal and professional manner, forging some long lasting and faraway relationships, all of which have added value to my journey to date. Challenges, Learning, Thinking, Mistakes, Independence, Uniqueness, Sameness, Difference, Networking, Relationship Building, Friendships, Business Relationships, Global connections, Opportunities and an insatiable appetite for knowledge and hands on experience with as many social networking tools as humanly possible, exploring the potential, features and benefits each has to offer learners (anyone learning, formally or informally) in specific areas. I am still a believer, I still have alot to learn and I am looking forward to each and every minute that lies ahead. Social Networking Tools Really Do Rock! http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Social Networking Tools and Gadgets-Increasing Interaction, Engagement, Learning and Fun-Parents,Children and Siblings Together Again!

Playtime Update from Gadget Girl and her Family of Believers - Social Networking Tools Really do Rock!

Okay so playtime update. As usual went hell for leather checking out every gadget, plug in or other tool, that I could possibly download. I did it for IE, MozillaFirefox and started to play with Thunderbird.

Bad news and a confession:(

Learning by doing and making a hell of a lot of mistakes is great - 'Do not overload your computer by downloading every gadget you find', certainly one I will not forget in a hurry.

So many gadgets to play with, I had to have them all, and think I nearly made it, in both browsers and then got moving with thunderbird. I had little space to work in as so many gadgets they took over the screen, but it was fun.

Fun until, they began to act up, gadget and browser wars are an interesting phenomenon, you never know exactly what will happen next, until your computer says, that's it, I am sick of this and does not wish to talk to you anymore.

Good News - Psychology, Sociology, Technology, Learning and Loads of Fun!

I have learnt so much without realising. For the first time, my sons are now coming to me, to ask if I know of a gadget with a specific function, so the tables turned a little. There has also been a change in the type and frequency of engagement between the boys and myself.

The television has not been a great focus for any of us for sometime now, each of us happier with our laptops, doing what we each enjoyed, whether it be searching the www for things interested in, homework, games, research, communication etc. Now I find that the three of us, have reverted back to the days when they were younger, playing together with toys and having a ball, this time the difference is that they are online and free.

The interaction between siblings and parent, have become more frequent, sharing, getting excited when we find something new, sharing frustrations, collaborating and learning not only about what is online, but learning more about what makes each of us tick and taking our relationships to a new and I have to say wonderful place.

Watching the boys, playing and learning freely, without do's and do not's or ridged guidelines to be followed, an absolute joy. To see both create a unique online identity, one reflecting their individuality, their personality, their interests and is theirs alone, nothing short of spectacular.

Last evening, my eldest (year 10 at school) returned home from school, with a group assignment. We had the usual chat, had dinner and all was as usual. My son (who has had a myspace forever), asked many questions about the social networking tools, I had been rambling about.

The remainder of his evening was taken up with his own adventures, checking out the different sites available, selecting one and creating his own networking site, so that he and his group could collaborate when not at school. Once created he advised those in his group and asked them to sign up and check it out, leaving it open for each member to comment and offer suggestions, so all were comfortable with their new learning environment. Adjustments were made, all happy and began working on the assignment.

Within a 24 hour period they: researched, created a collaborative online learning environment, tailored to their needs and preferences, discussed, chatted, explored, shared links to material for the assignment, used google docs sharing and working together and so much more.

That was a week ago and all of them are enjoying their new learning world, playing with it and using it to their benefit in completing their assignment. Honestly, I have not seen my eldest this excited about learning for sometime. He came home today, ranting and raving as he walked in the door. Before I knew it, I was hearing how narrow minded his school was, how they had no idea about the real world, that he hated being trapped and was sick of it all. Not things a mother wants to hear however the reasons for his frustrations, deserving of validation and respect.

So what was the problem? Today was a day in the computer lab, working on their projects, time to research and continue to write. His group, had been working harder than ever and were ahead of the targets/milestones they had set. When in the computer lab they went to log into their accounts to continue their work and all of a sudden, up popped, ACCESS DENIED. They spoke with their teacher to try and find a way to get in, only to be told that such sites were dangerous and would not be unblocked.

He, is still furious, he does not understand how something that is so useful, that has engaged him and his friends in learning in a positive and constructive manner, learning not just content for the assignment but many other skills, such as communication, collaboration, team work and the rest, can be blocked from a school. I have a feeling that their are many others, in the world, in similar positions.

Still do not have the answers as to how to change the minds of those in power, but I do believe that in the end, the needs of the learners, are going to be met one way or the other. Maybe we will see a change in the number attending institutions, preferring to work off campus, using these tools. If the institution can not provide and the staff are not ready to understand the changes, then why would they not look for another option.

So what gadgets do I like?

Oh, Nasa TV caused no end of difficulties and nothing has convinced me that man really did walk on the moon:) I have, I think..... worked out those that I feel are 'useful' personally and professionally. I can now see the space for searching and writing, most of it taken up for a time with toolbar after toolbar and gadget after gadget. I have become a fan of the side bar option. I can have everything I need contained within it and I am finding it easier to work with - eyes not running up all the time to find what I need, not hiding behind another toolbar, directly to my right side of view (left did not work for me). The real beauty of it all is that I now have icons on the side bar for all of the social networking sites, I have been playing around in, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Blogger etc and I have tailored my feeds accordingly.

The option of tabbing your page is sensational. I can have an individual space for each of my projects and my personal needs. The side bar remains a constant, each tabbed page tailored with the inclusion of a few specific tools, required for the specific project/research and of course my personal start up page for the day. Some others you may wish to take a peek at: Webaroo: capture page - we are pretty good pals now, coshed.com, Co-citer Myspace Toolbar, web 2.0 toolbar, Windows Live Toolbar

I will bring you more shortly.

It has been an interesting time, one that I am enjoying no end. No longer constrained by limited tools, we are afforded the option now to create our own working environment. One tailored to meet our needs and I believe reflect our personalities, truly building our online identity. No one environment will look the same, each unique to the individual and will evolve with us.

There is so much to learn, so much to play with. The possibilities they afford educators, learners, businesses and more endless and exciting.

Added Features On Ning

Ning has made some changes in the last week--including the ability to add images or photos to any text box or forum post (this is a great addition for forum postings), and renaming the "chatterwall" to "comments" and adding some functions which are much more natural for conversations. Most significant, however, is the addition of a "groups" function to the network, allowing you to create (and be an administrator for) a group within Classroom 2.0. The group can be public or be invitation-only. I can imagine a lot of possibilities, including geographical or school/organization groups, or groups based on specific technologies (say, podcasting, for instance). Each group has a group-specific forum (and RSS feed), and gives the administrator the ability to communicate directly with all group members.

Another installment soon.

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Gadget Girl - Where I got hooked some time ago - Leaving many of these worlds now with a focus on only a few!

Playtime update Okay so playtime update. As usual went hell for leather checking out every gadget, plug in or other tool, that I could possibly download. I did it for IE, MozillaFirefox and started to play with Thunderbird. Bad news and confession Learning by doing and making a hell of alot of mistakes is great - Do not overload your computer certainly one I will not forget in a hurry. So many gadgets to play with, I had to have them all, and think I nearly made it, in both browsers and then got moving with thunderbird. I had little space to work in as so many gadgets they took over the screen, but it was fun. Fun until, they began to act up, gadget and browser wars are an interesting phenomenon, you never know exactly what will happen next, until your computer says, that's it, I am sick of this and does not wish to talk to you anymore. Good News - Psychology, Sociology, Technology, Learning and Loads of Fun

I have learnt so much without realising. For the first time, my sons are now coming to me, to ask if I know of a gadget with a specific function, so the tables turned a little. There has also been a change in the type and frequency of engagement between the boys and myself. The television has not been a great focus for any of us for sometime now, each of us happier with our laptops, doing what we each enjoyed, whether it be searching the www for things interested in, homework, games, research, communication etc. Now I find that the three of us, have reverted back to the days when they were younger, playing together with toys and having a ball, this time the difference is that they are online and free. The interaction between siblings and parent, have become more frequent, sharing, getting excited when we find something new, sharing frustrations, collaborating and learning not only about what is online, but learning more about what makes each of us tick and taking our relationships to a new and I have to say wonderful place. Watching the boys, playing and learning freely, without do's and do not's or ridgid guidelines to be followed, an absolute joy. To see both create a unique online identity, one reflecting their individuality, their personality, their interests and is their's alone, nothing short of spectacular. Last evening, my eldest (year 10 at school) returned home from school, with a group assignment. We had the usual chat, had dinner and all was as usual. Zane (who has had a myspace forever), asked many questions about the social networking tools, I had been rambling about. The remainder of his evening was taken up with his own adventures, checking out the different sites available, selecting one and creating his own networking site, so that he and his group could collaborate when not at school. Once created he advised those in his group and asked them to sign up and check it out, leaving it open for each member to comment and offer suggestions, so all were comfortable with their new learning environment. Adjustments were made, all happy and began working on the assignment. Within a 24 hour period they:

researched created a collaborative online learning environment, tailored to their needs and preferences discussed chatted explored shared links to material for the assignment used google docs sharing and working together

And so much more.

That was a week ago and all of them are enjoying their new learning world, playing with it and using it to their benefit in completing their assignment. Honestly, I have not seen my eldest this excited about learning for sometime. He came home today, ranting and raving as he walked in the door. Before I knew it, I was hearing how narrow minded his school was, how they had no idea about the real world, that he hated being trapped and was sick of it all. Not things a mother wants to hear however the reasons for his frustrations, deserving of validation and respect. So what was the problem. Today was a day in the computer lab, working on their projects, time to research and continue to write. His group, had been working harder than ever and were ahead of the targets/milestones they had set. When in the computer lab they went to log into their accounts to continue their work and all of a sudden, up popped, ACCESS DENIED. They spoke with their teacher to try and find a way to get in, only to be told that such sites were dangerous and would not be unblocked. He, is still furious, he does not understand how something that is so useful, that has engaged him and his friends in learning in a positive and constructive manner, learning not just content for the assignment but many other skills, such as communication, collaboration, team work and the rest, can be blocked from a school. I have a feeling that their are many others, in the world, in similar positions. Still do not have the answers as to how to change the minds of those in power, but I do believe that in the end, the needs of the learners, are going to be met one way or the other. Maybe we will see a change in the number attending institutions, preffering to work off campus, using these tools. If the instutuion can not provide and the staff are not ready to understand the changes, then why would they not look for another option. So what gadgets do I like? Oh, Nasa TV caused no end of difficulties and nothing has convinced me that man really did walk on the moon:) I have, I think..... worked out those that I feel are 'useful' personally and professionally. I can now see the space for searching and writing, most of it taken up for a time with toolbar after toolbar and gadget after gadget. I have become a fan of the side bar option. I can have everything I need contained withinin it and I am finding it easier to work with - eyes not running up all the time to find what I need, not hiding behind another toolbar, directly to my right side of view (left did not work for me). The real beauty of it all is that I now have icons on the side bar for all of the social networking sites, I have been playing around in, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Blogger etc and I have tailored my feeds accordingly. The option of tabbing your page is sensational. I can have an individual space for each of my projects and my personal needs. The side bar remains a constant, each tabbed page tailored with the inclusion of a few specific tools, required for the specific project/research and of course my personal start up page for the day. Some others you may wish to take a peek at: Webaroo: capture page - we are pretty good pals now coshed.com Co-citer Myspace Toolbar web 2.0 toolbar Windows Live Toolbar I will bring you more shortly. It has been an interesting time, one that I am enjoying no end. No longer constrained by limited tools, we are afforded the option now to create our own working environment. One tailored to meet our needs and I believe reflect our personalities, truly building our online identity. No one environment will look the same, each unique to the individual and will evolve with us. There is so much to learn, so much to play with. The possibilities they afford educators, learners, businesses and more endless and exciting. Added Features On Ning Ning has made some changes in the last week--including the ability to add images or photos to any text box or forum post (this is a great addition for forum postings), and renaming the "chatterwall" to "comments" and adding some functions which are much more natural for conversations. Most significant, however, is the addition of a "groups" function to the network, allowing you to create (and be an administrator for) a group within Classroom 2.0. The group can be public or be invitation-only. I can imagine a lot of possibilities, including geographical or school/organization groups, or groups based on specific technologies (say, podcasting, for instance). Each group has a group-specific forum (and RSS feed), and gives the administrator the ability to communicate directly with all group members. Another installment soon.

Gadget Girl

Monday, 21 May 2007

Digi-kids and a new way of learning. Traditionalist vs Reality!

Well I am not thrilled to learn that our John Howard, the leader of Australia, is an education traditionalist, nor that such thinking envelops educational policy today - and we were wondering why it is so hard to change the mindsets of those we work with or consult for. It appears traditionalist educational policy is alive and well in Australia, thus supporting all those who choose to dismiss our advice, guidance, direction, into a new world for their learners and themselves. I am heartened by the words of the author, he has vision and above all applies basic common sense to his argument that literacy and learning have changed and are changing, thus we need to embrace the worlds of our learners and learn how to maximise the learning potential/power, contained therein. With advocates such as this, maybe there will be light at the end of the tunnel for learners globally. The complete article can be found at the link below. I have included below a few of my favourite quotes from the article and a few personal comments, from my head alone at this time.
'John Howard's claim to be an "avowed education traditionalist" .........locked into the traditional print-based framework of the 1950s where knowledge was recorded in textbooks, lessons were subject-based, and success meant memorising all the right answers. "I believe English lessons should teach grammar. I believe history is history … and geography is geography, not place and space," he said.
YIKES ......view of education is no longer viable - familiar and reassuring as it may be for many of those who now determine policy. It would take only a few visits to cyberspace - to the real world inhabited by today's schoolchildren - to understand that there has been an information revolution since the 1950s. And it has changed everything: the children, education - and learning and literacy' 'adventurous, independent learners of the digital age are a very different breed from the children who 60 years ago.................' 'The new technologies have transferred literacy from the page to the screen. They have brought with them dramatic changes in the way we think and communicate, in how we learn, and in how we make and sell ideas in the information economy. And in education, it is the internet generation that is driving this information change'. 'Education professionals recognise that the students generally know more than their teachers about "doing" digital. ................' 'teachers cannot be the classroom authority figures when their digital literacy is not on a par with their students, and when their information resources do not compare with those of the internet. 'protest would include everyone from the five-year-olds who arrive at school digitally literate, through to adolescents who live life to the full on MySpace, YouTube and the Australian Stock Exchange share simulation game.'

I played the ASESG with my students in 1985 - ouch!!

is interesting that the Australian Stock Exchange Game is mentioned. In 1985 as a 2ND year out secondary school teacher, I to the horror of the rest of the staff at Melton High School, entered a group from my Economics class into this game. I had a huge learning experience, I had never used such software and had not used computers apart from word processing (black screen with green text, I believe).

I had not thought about it until I was clearing out at home and came across the newspaper clipping. Wow, what a time that was. Others, thought I was nuts, so did I as I had no idea what I had let myself in for. Teacher and students teamed together, determined to do well and help each other learn as we ventured into uncharted simulation world. Together and believe me, their open minds allowed them to help me more than I believe I was able to offer them, yet they did so willingly and we had FUN.

A connection for life made for us all (we still keep in touch), moments never forgotten and above all, these kids, kids who were often told they would come to nothing, worked their tails off, were fierce and determined, opened their mind to new ways of learning and came Third in the country that year, beating a large majority of private schools.

Words of staff eaten or choked on, Principal bathed in the glory, the presentation, the media, the press about how good the school was and how innovative the staff were - 'excuse me if I choke'.

No matter, we did it and we have that for life. What is curious however, is if we could operate this way in 1985, differences in learning and embracing new learning tools acknowledged and given great pomp and ceremony back then, why are we still battling to have the rights and needs of our learners acknowledged and catered for in 2007 - seems like we are caught in some strange time warp or vortex. If 2007 -2008 does not improve, I think I will try and head back to 1985.

Unlike digital literacy, learning to read has never been something that children could do for themselves. You cannot put a child in a room with a pile of books and just expect them to "crack the code"; someone has to be there to teach them. '.........confident "digital natives" who are now the students in our schools. Far from being passive recipients of existing knowledge, digi-kids have learnt by doing - by trial and error, and problem solving. It is not the right answer that they want; it is the right question they are after as they fearlessly try any of the new gadgets or applications. 'the digital generation are also physically active and often noisy as they collaborate, send messages, do podcasts and wait for replies (or fan mail). The youngest of them coolly click the mouse to search out the Wiggles and solve puzzles and problems; they create new words and signs, and scan their screens seeking friends, experiences - and information. ' 'Literacy has changed' 'learning has changed' 'It is liberating for teachers.....' ' If these changes were recognised and built upon, there would be massive savings in time, effort and money' ' The range of things students can do provides the proper basis of an educational strategy for the 21st century............................ traditional education policies provide little prospect of improvement.' '.......the nation is in the throes of an information revolution, and that literacy and learning are constantly changing. 'pressing need for educational policy that is based on the realities and requirements of today's digital students, rather than those of earlier generations.' '.......Treasurer, Peter Costello, might have been better advised to have provided a $700 voucher for teachers............ to employ... their students as digital literacy tutors.'

What a great idea!!!!! .

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Technorati testing the feed potential

Playing around with different feeds. Lets see if this works! Chow Jacinta Add to Technorati Favorites

Australia Well On The Way To Excluding Social Networking Tools From Educational Institutions!

Web Nasties Crack Down And so it goes in Australia. Social networking tools face extinction in Australian learning institutions. Fear has taken over and blocking learners from learning environments the answer???? Is there not enough compelling evidence on the benefits of these tools, in learning, in business, networking in specialist areas such as depression, substance abuse and the like. The world outside of education embraces and the very institutions that exist, to prepare learners, for the world they will enter upon leaving their walls, block, disengage,create a false reality, intentionally denying learners a critical element of their learning. Learning in Australia behind the rest of the western world! Dumbing Australia - Not Happy!

Saturday, 5 May 2007

Enterprise networking, Advances: Australian education:Negligence???

The first few days of May 2007, see many articles related to social networking tools, providing evidence of the increasing use of such tools in industry and enterprise. Others not only refer to their use, they show a current trend in business to create their own tools, tailor existing tools to their specific needs, the new features and functions being added to existing tools, due to requests from users. I recently ventured into the world of Ning, where the users are to offer suggestions, make requests for new features and functionality in an apparent search and need for a one stop shop, that will do anything and everything required by the users. Unlike many other tools, Ning has created a network, allowing users to be involved in a rapidly, evolving, innovative and responsive community, one that values user input and allows users, to actively engage in the decisions and current and future directions of the social networking site, they are operating within. It is intriguing that the owners of these sites are not only listening to their clients but actively engaging and responding to the varied needs. Yet, I am still finding educators, who believe that they know best and refusing to listen, or even acknowledge, the needs and requests of their learners, for learning that engages social networking tools and related technologies. In the extreme, Australian Education Departments have in some states already blocked learners and educators from accessing and using all current social networking tools and will upgrade as required to block, those that become available in the future. It appears that in Australia we currently have a situation, where those who wield the power, are living on a planet, unfamiliar to myself and our youth and learners. Why is this country continuing to focus on potential dangers, dangers that could be minimised, if learners were afforded guidance, by those in their learning environments and parents were provided with the opportunity to understand the true nature and need, for the inclusion of social networking tools, within educational settings. I now wonder if those who have in their wisdom, provided institutions with the tools to block, are not only shortsighted and ill informed but in fact negligent. All involved in education as I understand it, owe a duty of care to all learners. One of the elements of that duty, is to provide learning that is current, relevant and caters directly for the needs of the learners. The Australian Government deems 'Skilling Australia' to be of national importance, yet how can that happen when learners are denied access to tools, that they maybe required to understand and employ, when in the workforce of today and tomorrow. Scare tactics have to cease and common sense must prevail. The constant negative reports in the media that are driving nothing but sheer terror into parents, must be countered with examples of the current use and the benefits of such use. We must hear from our youth, their voice must be made public, their needs catered for. All engaged in business, must speak out and ensure that the community and the government are made aware, of the detriment 'blocking' is causing to learners, educators, the future of business, the workforce today and tomorrow and the Australian Economy. The only way to ensure that Australia has a 'Skilled Workforce', is to unblock all the tools already blocked. Learners and educators must be allowed to use and explore social networking tools and must engage their use as learning tools in all disciplines. To not do so is negligent and will see the Australian Workforce, lagging behind the rest of the world. Is the intent to Skill Australia, or Kill Australia?

Local company blogs lag

What the future holds

The articles listed below reflect the current trends and provided me with great food for thought, resulting in my comments above. I may not be correct in the conclusions I have made. I may be totally off track, however as usual these are my thoughts, and come from my head alone at this time. If you have an opposing view, evidence that can refute my ideas, provoking further thought on my part and others interested, or you are thinking in a similar way, please share, as I certainly do not have all the answers but I am incredibly curious.

IBM Introduces Social Networking Tools

On the cusp of another digital revolution

Amazing what can happen with the right connections

Social networks to boom while net spend 'slows'?

Social Media 2007 Predictions

IBM To Pitch 'Ventura' To IT-Enable Social Software Faves

CEO Guide to Technology Social Networking: Not Just For Teens Anymore

ABC News Betters Citizen Journalism Tools

What is Blogtronix…What Does It Do…What Do I Use It For?

Will Cisco social media deals impact enterprise?

Biz Social Network introNetworks Seals Funding From Adobe

Welcome to the easy world of Real Estate Networking

Social Networking in the Enterprise - a Nightmare Come True? / By Yael Talmor

Web 2.0: A Marketer's Dream 'Net works for Generation Y

TradeKing brings social networking features to retail trading

Jacinta

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Protect Yourself. If invited into an online community ask if they will protect and provide legal aid if members publicly bully and defame you.

I have thought long and hard about posting this but it is the truth and in writing and there is no confidentiality clause in the email or attached to it. To do the right thing by the community I was invited into again as I was thought to be of value and to wait whilst I was advised management were looking into the matter, oh and asked twice in email to refrain from posting for the time being. I decided to make a final post after hearing nothing, stating that I would be leaving, that due to recent events I did not feel safe posting in that environment, that I would seek other environments to hopefully continue to learn from others, share my ramblings and collaborate where the opportunity presented itself. I wished all well. I found a response to my post yesterday, pointed at me and as far as I am concerned defamatory. *********************************** It reads: Re: My final Post by Barry Maloney - Friday, 27 April 2007, 07:47 PM Well I'm not saddened but it is a shame to see people leave this discussion group. I see the value in all posts and sometimes the truth hurts. I am adult enough to weigh the ridicules against the constructive as I believe that all posts are valuable and add to the community. I believe that eventually this community will consist only of a truly professional membership. A group of people who are not self-centred, not paranoid and who have education at heart. Those who willing to ride the troughs as well as the crests of the waves. Those who wish to learn without taking their bat and ball when the running away when things get a little tough. *********************************** I wrote to management and advised them that this was out of control. I had refrained for longer than I should have, I believed them when they said they were working on a resolution, I bowed out, seeing I seemed to be somewhat of a problem and despite everything I continue to get hit and defamed and my credibility shot down, I am even a child so it seems. I asked for assistance, for a legal representative to talk to - surely the management must take some responsibility to protect those that re-enter the community on their written invitation?? *********************************** The following is the email response to my concern and request for aid in this situation "Baxter, Cathy" to me, Kerry show details Apr 30 (13 hours ago) Hi Jacinta As you are aware lots of members have valued your contributions, Jacinta. And you would be aware too, that through the group moderation process members have supported you. We have taken a strong stance with those who do not value the contributions of others - resulting in the unsubscribing of members who have consistently disregarded the Code of Conduct. The comment you have highlighted is generalised and open to interpretation. We continue to wish you all the best in your discussions and in all your professional endeavours. Kind regards Cathy *********************************** Wow, I guess I should feel really important and valued now. How can they just walk away? Recently this man in a thread he began, referred to me as a 'potato' and asked the question: How long should you cook a 'potato' Other posts that were a little more subtle, so can not say directed at me but interesting they were in my thread, which he seemed to despise and wonder why he was in there at all - he has a delete button I am sure. This one, very pointed and damaging and not only am I not offered any form of aid, this man is still allowed to post in the community, the one I was asked not to post in for the time being and then left. Guess, I can be subjected to any form of abuse, ridicule and have my credibility attacked to the core of who I am as a person in this community now I have left, and no one wants to help. So glad I got out and found those who have not only a desire to learn and value others, but who know right from wrong. Thanks everyone - thoughts and comments are helping me deal with this.