globe an computer image Using Online Collaboration and Social Networking to do work

Hey, Mrs. O! a link is broken! - Use your Internet research skills to find the answer. Answering directions

bullet Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia. Watch this interview with him on the PBS show Charlie Rose.

Identify the powers of the community in Wikipedia.

Describe a situation where Wikia could be useful to you.

bullet Listen to Wikinomics - How Mass Collaboration changes everything

bullet Working for you

Your class is doing a group project. Your group is having a tough time meeting in person.
Which online collaboration tools could be helpful in getting the job done?


Your club has decided to promote itself on the Internet.
Traditionally, organizations would hire a consultant or advertising company. The consultant
would design something for your group.

Which online resources could the group use to promote itself?

In terms of expertise (really knowing and understanding the group),
who has greater expertise: a consultant or the group members?

Which would be a more effective voice for the group: a consultant or the group members?

Which method of promotion should the group use: self promotion using online tools or hiring a consultant?



bullet Skills, Skills that work, Skills for Work

How would being experienced with online collaboration resources be an asset when a person is looking for a job?

How would having experience with online collaboration be an asset when starting or running your own business?

Which businesses would be more likely to use online tools to market their wares or services:

A local small business or a large nationwide firm or a multinational company?


bullet Putting it together:

A local business is considering getting on the web. They ask you to help them sort out the choices.

Make a table. Compare at least four online resources.

Show costs, audience, controls, skills needed to use, adaptability to the company's goals.

Which one would you identify as most effective for them?

"The biggest enemy to learning is the talking teacher. " John Holt Three Skills for 21st Century Learning


Dig Deeper and act

bullet Podcasting as a tool | bullet Examine Online Collaboration and Social Networking - Web 2.0

bullet Google Books Virtual Library - What are the Implications?

bullet Consider the Power of Possibilities through Andreessen's eye

bullet Thinking it through - writing a process | bullet Food for thought - Did You Know 2.0? - Are you 21st Century Literate?

bullet You do not have to be physically together to work together. - Watch Google Docs video -
How could you use Google Docs to do a project?

bullet Bloggez- vous? Should you build a blog?


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