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Web 2.0

Finished teaching on Friday a 5 week course on Web 2.0 and for a change there were no technical issues to be seen.  I’ve had 2 groups that were really enthusiastic, interested and very appreciative of what they were shown.  While some said they there were aspects that they won’t be using they did appreciate finding out more about them and seeing the possibilities available.  There were are couple who were interested in doing blogs for their business purposes.  This is overall a great outcome.  There was one student who now feels she can feel more confident in allowing her child to get on to Facebook.

A good outcome all around.  I’m certainly looking at running the course again and maybe tweaking it to include more/be longer.  We will have to see.

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Web 2.0 at Customs House Library

Had a web 2.0 course at Customs House Library this morning and the computers did as they were supposed to.  The students enjoyed themselves and were able to complete all the necessary exercises during the lesson.  I do love it when things work as they are supposed to 🙂

Teaching Web 2.0 at Surry Hills Library

Today I’m teaching explore web 2.0 at Surry Hills Library. Unfortunately the cookies issue is still with us but we will get there eventually.  Can’t wait to get the new PCs.

Usual challenges

I’m teaching an Explore the web 2.0 class today and I’m h aving my usual IT challenges with cookies not doing what they are supposed to!

Cookies raise their head

Had an interesting time trying to teach an Introduction to Social Communications course yesterday.  Apart from my laptop not connecting to the network, the cookies issue raised it’s head again.  I’m continually getting the issue of two different computers seeing the same private information its getting beyond a joke.  I was not happy 😦

Lots of ideas

I’ve got lots of ideas of what I want to do but still trying to work out how to get the higher management to agree on giving me permission to do it.  Very conservative and scared of what the staff might say about the organisation.  Some of the ideas include creating a full on blog – have had success with the Centenary blog but that  isn’t being updated.  Want to be able to have an active blog.  Would also like to create a wiki for staff policy manuals and the like.  Courses for the public – job searching,  downloading photos from camera, mps/ipod courses.

On another note had a win with out IT department regarding the cookies issue we have been having with the training computers.  They have finally given up and decided that it will be easier to just create individual accounts for the PCs rather than trying to fix the cookies issue.   Hopefully they will do it soon!

Never a smooth run

Just when I thought the promotion for my IT courses would run smoothly we discover errors in the flyers!  Back to Design department for correction.  Have been lucky in that respect as most of the errors have now been fixed so should have the flyers ready for printers by Wednesday.  Doesn’t  help that the courses are supposed to start on Tuesday next week. Oh well will see what happens. 

Having fun trying to motivate staff to get interested in web 2.0 technologies.  Not having much luck.  Looking at running a version of the Learning 2.0 program for staff.  Showing them the site and getting them to do it on their own doesn’t seem to get them to do it.  Looks like most  of the staff are more interested in formal training situation where there is a classroom.  Wonder if I can get them to do things then?  I can only hope.

I’m also living in hope that my computer issues will get sorted out before the course starts – otherwise I’m in for a very bumpy ride as far as teaching the courses is concerned.  Hoping to run some courses in a slightly different format.

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