Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity
- 1 Day 1 : Introduction to the participatory World Wide Web (Web 2.0)
- 2 Search Magic
- 3 Day 2: Information Self Service, Online Documents and Wikis
- 4 Remote Collaboration
- 5 Day 3: Online Mapping, VOIP, Blogging
- 6 VOIP
- 7 Online Publishing (Blog)
- 8 Social Networking
Day 1 : Introduction to the participatory World Wide Web (Web 2.0)
The main facilitator was Mr. Nicholas Kimolo from [www.futuristic.co.ke|Futuristic Limited.] The training exposed participants to a range of tools.
This wiki entry shares the main concepts shared during the 5-day training.
By the end of this introductory session, the participants were able to :
- Show an understanding of the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0
- Appreciate hurdles preventing the adoption of Web 2.0 technologies in Kenya
Web 2.0 is a participartory web. Attention shifts from the Webmaster to me and you as content creators.
Why are we not there yet?
- Infrastructure hurdles.
- Skills hurdles (this is partly what we are here to overcome)
- Legal hurdles - Policy hurdles
- The participants were able to:
- Understand the differences between a directory and search engines
- Use multiple search strategies to conduct advanced searches on search engines
- Perform searches in multiple-languages.
Day 2: Information Self Service, Online Documents and Wikis
Information Self Service
With the pace at which information is procuded, it is impossible to manually keep track of the latest development on one's field of interest. RSS feeds make it easier for one to keeep at par, and in an efficient way. The user does not look for information, the information looks for the user. yeeeah!
Participants were able to :
- Identify RSS feeds (logo, look etc)
- Create Google Alerts
- Subscribe to and read feeds from Google Reader
Google Documents provide an efficient and effective way for groups to author and collaborate remotely.
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Nick Showed us a beautiful video on RSS feeds.
Day 3: Online Mapping, VOIP, Blogging
We learned how to create custom maps from Google Earth. We also learned how to communicate voice over internet using a Web 2.0 application - Skype.
Finally we created our own blogs using Blogger.
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Online Publishing (Blog)
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Social networking facilitates connection of people with a common interest. This is majorly through sharing information on a certain topic. Users create groups and pages and invite those interested to share and add their views.
Examples of social networks include:
- Linkedin - This is a professional networking site as opposed to facebook which is a social networking site
Most participants had interacted with these social networking sites but had not exploited them fully. Participants learnt how to join various groups on these sites while at the same time being careful with privacy issues. For example, most participants did not know that their was a market place in facebook!