Welcome to week 1 of 25 Things @ Huddersfield!
1st Thing — Read this blog
Watch this short video clip Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us. It illustrates the rapid development of web based communication and information tools and the way they encourage collaboration.
Over the course of the next few months, this blog will highlight a selection of these technologies with exercises to help you become familiar with blogging, RSS news feeds, tagging, wikis, podcasting, online applications, and video and image hosting sites – in total, 25 things.
Each week we will introduce a new set of things, with exercises for you to complete.
You will be allowed one hour of work time each week – discuss with your line manager how best to use this, whether in short bursts or in one go. We hope that you will also spend some of your own time learning about the different things, either at home or at work. If you need help with any activity please contact one of the team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or work with your colleagues.
2nd Thing – Survey
Before you start, we would like you to complete this short survey.
3rd Thing – Set up your blog
You should work at your own pace tracking your progress through a blog where you will be expected to record your thoughts and experiences and add any ideas you may have on how to use these different Web 2.0 tools for yourself or at work. This is your time to experiment, have fun, and learn at the same time.
You can choose to use a screen name if you prefer to keep yourself anonymous. This name will be posted on your blog, but your “real identity” will not be listed. All participants will be linked to the 25 Things @ Huddersfield blog but you will be anonymous if that’s what you choose.
People blog because they want to share with others. They may share their opinions, rants on particular topics, or news from a holiday. They may even have a professional blog where they share views on their work, or they may have a blog all about their pet. When you’re blogging, you can adopt any persona you like. Some people have written from a cat’s perspective.
(keyboard kat by The Flooz)
This programme is based upon blog entries and during its course you’ll need to write on your own blog about each thing you complete. That will let the team track your progress. Will you want to continue blogging after you’ve finished? You may change your ideas on this throughout the course – let us know what you think.
Setting up your blog
Now that you’ve done some exploring around this blog and understand how the programme will work, it’s time to set up your own personal blog. We would also like you to write your very first post where you can introduce yourself, or your persona, or explain what the blog is for.
Remember, your blog is where you will be recording your thoughts and experiences for the 25 Things programme. If you are not sure how much to write, we would suggest at least 100 words each week, but don’t be shy – write as much as you like!
For this exercise ‘Set up your blog’ we are using WordPress, a free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use – we use it already in CLS for Grapevine.
Step 1: Go to the WordPress website.
Step 2: Fill in the form – remember, you can use a made up name if you want. Make sure you tick the box about legal flotsam. “Gimme a blog” should be highlighted, so click “Next” and follow the instructions. Make sure you make a note of your username and password and blog address.
Optional extra (A bit on the side…)
When you get your email confirming your blog, you will be able to choose a different theme if you want to personalise your blog’s appearance – just look for the link about themes and search for one you like.
Registering your Blog
Cut and paste the url (address) of the blog YOU have created (this can be found in the address bar on the page from which you are viewing your blog), into an email and send it to us at email@example.com.
Once you have registered your Blog it will be listed here on the 25 Things @ Huddersfield Blog. The participants’ blog is a good place to gain inspiration and support each other via the comments section in the individual blogs.
Important: Bookmark your blog!
Save your blog to your bookmarks or favourites folder so you can return to it quickly later. You’ll need to add an entry to it for each 25 Things task you complete.
4th Thing – Set up 2 new accounts
To take part in this programme you will need a Yahoo account and a Google Mail account. Some of you may already have these, in which case use them. Otherwise follow these instructions to set up your new accounts…
Click here to go to the Yahoo login page. Click on the “Sign up for Yahoo” link and fill in the form. Make a note of your username and password.
Now create a Google email address which you can use as for any other email, but also when you want to use other Google services such as Google docs. To create an account click here.
So, how was it for you?
For the first post on your own blog, tell us what this first week has been like.
(Retro Keyboard by smileham)