Friday, October 17, 2008

Aino's Word Clouds about social media issues

Cool! Isn't it? Just enter your Delicious user name or the URL of your blog and you will get a nice word cloud on the most common words stated in your website.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Word cloud about my Delicious tags and bookmarks:

Word cloud about my blog (Second Life blog by Aino Kanto):

As you can see Aino's most favorite tags or words or bookmarks are related to virtual world of Second Life and social media tools. Well, is this some sort of surprise? I guess not regarding on the aim of this blog and social bookmarks site of mine. :)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Social Media in Adult Education Centre

The Finnish Adult Education Centre (of the City of Helsinki) has started a project dealing with interactive and social media web tools and facilities. I have made some notes about the early plans and goals about the project in this blog (see more from my notes at 2007 Nov 3rd).

The goals have been changed a bit during these several months (actually the first ones go back to one year almost) and our project has been funded by Finnish National Board of Education to meet the challenges, which is really respectful in this genre comparing on the national ICT strategies abroad.

Oh, I almost forgot to write that the reference group of the project is senior citizens, that need to cope with the new challenges in our information society (see more from my notes at 2008. Sep 4th).

There are more information and some pick-ups from our curriculum (social media classes) in the project blog. Sorry, the blog is only in Finnish! But wouldn't this be a nice idea to learn this nice and easy rare Fenno-Ugric language!!! In the Helsinki Adult Education Centre there is a wide selection of Finnish classes also for foreigners and immigrants (see more about Finnish classes from the website).

Monday, October 06, 2008

Language day and conferences in SL

I have participated in several nice virtual conferences in Second Life during the last weeks. Unfortunately I just have had lack of time so I haven't made any notes to my blog about these activities. Luckily my friend avatars have been more active in the blogospshere so I just give some references to the blogs and to the websites about the conferences.

Jokaydia Unconference, September 27th - 28th, Australian eLearning conference
Jokaydia in Second Life

European Language Day, September 26th, Swedish Institute island
Swedish Institute in Second Life

Science Friday, September 12th, Science Friday island
Science Friday in Second Life

eLearning 2.0, September 5th, Swedish Institute island
Swedish Institute in Second Life

Kirjoitettu Flock-selaimella

Sunday, October 05, 2008

SL seminar in Paijat-Hame Edu Island

After two more weeks, Friday the 17th of October 2008, there will be a Finnish Second Life seminar organized by the Koulutuskeskus SALPAUS from Lahti, Finland (mentioned also in Le's and Sammy's blogs). The program and the registration can be found from the website []. Online participating (only half of the day) by Second Life is for free, real world participating in Lahti takes 80 euros.

There is Paijat-Hame Edu Island in the Second Life, one of the newest Finnish educational sims. This sim also offers buildings for business purposes around Lahti region. In one corner of the island the famous Salpausselkä sporting centre's slopes for ski jumping can be easily found. In the center of the island there are buildings for learning activities including several rooms and halls for collaboration and meetings where the conference will be held also I assume.

There are also a beach and a park for relaxing and a bar for chit chatting and a playing ground with some interactive games. In the another corner there is also a sandbox with the basic intstructions for learning building skills.

Inspired by the famous flying Finns I flew to the sandbox and after a minute (or maybe an hour) I succeed to create a Finnish flag with a wooden curved handle (see picture).

Friday, October 03, 2008

Web tutors' meeting in EduFinland Island

Marja wrote already about recent virtual meeting of the web tutors in the University of Helsinki. Also Sammy and Le wrote about the future happenings in the Educational Centre for ICT area in the EduFinland Island including the in-world Studia Generalia video streams in October and huge global Megaconference.

In addition to those we are planning to produce in November one or more public lectures of the Helsinki Adult Education Centre dealing with the interactive and social media web facilities and tools.

Here is a short description and the dates about the lectures in Finnish:

Helsingin työväenopistossa on OPH:n osarahoittama sosiaalisen median hanke, jossa yhteistyökumppanina on Helsingin yliopiston Koulutus- ja kehittämiskeskus Palmenia. Tähän liittyen työväenopistossa on marraskuussa kolme yleisluentoa, jotka pyritään saamaan myös Second Lifeen Opetusteknologiakeskuksen auditorioon.

Maksuttomat yleisluennot, Opistotalo, Helsinginkatu 26, Kallio:

To 13.11.2008 klo 16.50 – 18:20
Web 2.0 tulee - oletko valmis? – Esimerkkejä sosiaalisen median nettipalveluista
Tietotekniikkasuunnittelija Juhana Mykrä

To 20.11.2008 klo 16.50 – 18:20
Nuoret ovat netissä – pitäisikö minunkin?
Suunnittelija Annukka Koivunen, Koulutus- ja kehittämiskeskus Palmenia

To 27.11.2008 klo 16.50 – 18:20
Wikit ja blogit sosiaalisen median verkoissa
Aineenopettaja Anne Rongas, Kotkan aikuislukio

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