Week 12: Final Assessment

Week 12 is your final assessment. Please read your subject outline and interact announcements to make sure that you are well prepared.

Week 10: Technorati

What is PING?

The original meaning of PING is an acronym for Packet Internet Groper. This is a small computer program that forwards data packets to check the quality of a link or verify the connection of a machine to the Internet.

A common way to “PING” is to ping a computers IP address.


What is Technorati?

Technorati is essentially a blog digest.

Technorati specialises in searching all blogs, not merely those with RSS feeds, and instead of only indexing the RSS feed (often the first few hundred words of an article), Technorati reads all of the HTML code in a blog posting, and also tracks all of the activity around a blog or post such as inbound and outbound links.

Technorati ranks blogs and gives them a number which it calls authority.

Authority is determined by the number of unique blogs indexed by Technorati that have linked to yours in the past 180 days. So to build your authority, encourage bloggers to link to your blog and to ping Technorati.

Here is what Technorati says about Technorati :

Technorati is the leading monitor of the world of weblogs. Technorati is a real-time search engine that is the largest source of fresh information about the global and local conversations going on all across the Web. Technorati allows you to find out what people are saying about you, your company, your products, your competitors, your politics and, other areas of interest, on the Internet in real time.


Tag articles
Any blogger can post original tag articles on Technorati tag pages. Tag pages compile content from the blogosphere (posts, photos, videos, blogs) around any tag. Tag articles give you writer credit, link back to your blog, and can include links to any other references you choose. Contribute a tag article, via Blogcritics

Blurbs
Think of these as comments – with benefits – that link back to your Technorati profile. You can publish your blurbs directly on any Technorati post or tag page.


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Todays Activities:

sign up with techonorati

tick the box that says : i have a blog and i would like to claim it now.

once you have verified your email address you are able to claim your blog with technorati

Claiming your blog establishes that you are its owner, and allows you to use Technorati services to increase your blog's visibility.

On your blog write a post about Technorati. Comment to this post with a link to your post.

Get your fellow class members to add your blog as a link within a gadget on their blog.

On you blog add a subscription to a Technorati channel RSS feed.

Also add an RSS feed to:

  • your delicious account
  • this blog

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Continue working on your iweb webpage.



Week 9: Counters and RSS

Counters.

What are counters? Why would you use them?

What are some other Web analysis tools?

Have a look at the following sites, join up for a counter and add one to your blog and web page:

http://easy-hit-counters.com

http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/counter/index.php

http://www.google.com/analytics/indexu.html


Rss

What is RSS?

What is it used for?

How does Google Reader work?

Other common ways to retrieve RSS feeds:

· iTunes

· Email programs

Tasks:

Add a counter to your blog and iweb homepage

Subcribe in Google Reader to the RSS feeds of:

· this blog,

· your blog

· your delicious account

Add an RSS feed to your blog of your Google reader RSS feed.

Add the RSS feed from your blog to your iweb webpage . (You will need to use

Feed to JS – so please read how this works!)

Week 8: FTP and Web Publishing

What is FTP (File transfer Protocol) ?

Read the Wikipedia definition and then we will discuss in class.

On your Blogs write about the various uses of FTP. Why positives are there with FTP? What are some of the negatives/ risks?

How can these risks be minimised?

Go to Interact and download the FTP documentation in “Resources”.

On the Mac’s we will use a program called “Fetch” as our FTP client. We will need to configure our FTP client software slightly different to the documentation in order to connect to the University server.

We will be looking at how to upload/ download to your Athene accounts, and you will publish a home page using HTML.

Now that we have experience in some of the basics of HTML using a simple text editor, we will explore some more conventional and user friendly ways to build simple web pages. This will include creating basic web pages using Microsoft Word and iWeb.

Build an iWeb page.

Upload the iWeb page to your athene account

Comment to this post with a working link to your iweb page. Write about what you have learned.

Week 7: Templates + CSS

Before we start...

Please check the following to see if your Athene web space has been activated. If not, you will need to re-apply for CSU web space.

http://athene.riv.csu.edu.au/~your username

Templates:

Templates are tools that enable a user to customise the design within a web page without changing the content . Blogger and many other web pages that exist rely on a method of web development which uses CSS (Custom Style Sheets).

Read the Wikipedia definition of CSS.

Not only is this important in enabling the design of your web pages to be changed with relative ease, it also can be used to improve accessibility.

Read the Wikipedia definition of accessibility.

In Firefox go to “View” -> “Page Style” – and select “No Style”. What do you notice? What has happened?

Write a post on your Blog and link to your post as a comment tothis post.


Within Blogger, it is possible to change the design of your Blog without losing your content. Explore the Template options. Go back to the HTML lesson, and if you are confident, explore changing some of the CSS code to give you fonts or colours not set in your templates.


Tasks for today:

Write a post on your Blog including:

What advantages you see in using CSS?

What can be changed using Templates?

What cannot be changed using the Template options?

Why is accessibility worth considering in web page design?

Link to your post as a comment to this post, about what you have customised on your Blog using Template changes and/or CSS HTML changes.

Week 5 + 6 Assessment #1

Don't forget that the first assessment will be first week back after the break.
Please log in to interact to view the assessment requirements for week 6. It will be listed under "announcements".

Have a safe holiday!

Week 4 + 5:

flickr

what is flickr?

flickr is an online community in the form of an extremely popular picture and video sharing website, which allows you to upload up to 200 images on a free account. example

flickr is a web 2.0 application which has some features in common with social networking applications like facebook and myspace, but it is primarily concerned with images. you should investigate the meaning and implications of web 2.0 as it constitutes an important development in online multimedia. there are links in this post to help you get started. we will be covering the use and implementation of rss which is a related aspect of web 2.0, in week 8.

what are some of the important features of flickr?

· flickr employs user-generated tags or labels (folksonomy)

· you can post text with your pictures

· you can creat hotspots on your pictures with notes added to them

· you can geotag pictures

· you can create sets of pictures on a particular theme

sets "represent a form of categorical metadata rather than a physical hierarchy" (wikipedia)

· you can view and link to slideshows of your pictures

· you can save your picture at various sizes (screen resolution, thumbnails, as well as print resolution although hi-res images are only accessible by “pro” users who pay a yearly subscription)

· you can edit images using picnik

· other users can comment on your pictures and you can comment on theirs

· other users can nominate any of your pictures as favorites and you can nominate other people’s pictures as favorites

· you can start or join a group of users with similar interests who all post pictures with a theme - these can have associated discussion forums

· you can share pictures with friends and/or family only or keep them private

· you can post a picture to your blog straight out of flickr

· by default flickr saves the information about the camera you used to shoot the picture and you can search for pictures other users have uploaded which were shot with the same camera

· you can install a flickr upload tool on your own computer

interestingness

Flickr labs have been hard at work creating a way to show you some of the most awesome content on Flickr. They like to call it interestingness. - what do you think about this?

this week's activity :
you have to sign up for a flickr account and upload some interesting images - you can either upload your own digital images from a digital camera or use the scanner to digitize analogue images, or use flickr to store images you have found on the internet

if you upload images that are not your own, you must acknowledge the source so you cannot be accused of plagiarism - we are not worried about copyright since this is 'fair use' being a legitimate educational activity but we expect you to always acknowledge the maker/publisher of the image/s you appropriate.

need help? go to flickr help

when you have established your flickr account, uploaded some images, created a set or two, added some favourites and joined a group, write a post on your own blog with your impressions of flickr and a link to your flickr account - include an image in your post which you have uploaded on flickr. Look up some Wagga Wagga geotagged images.

then write a comment on this post with a link to your blog post about flickr

every week of this subject keep uploading images which you think have interestingness to your flickr account writing descriptions and creating sets, and exploring other features of flickr

important

on a free account, flickr limits the number of photos displayed. if you have more than 200 photos, only the most recent 200 are displayed. your photos are not removed from flickr, only from the list of your photos. if you blogged a photo and it no longer appears in your list, it will still appear on your blog, and the photo's flickr page will still work.


Del.icio.us

This week will be a continuation with blogger and working with Del.icio.us. This will include writing on your blogs and commenting on others blogs as well as signing up for an account with del.icio.us.

What is del.icio.us?

Delicious is a website for saving and sharing bookmarks. It uses tags so that websites may be categorised and shared to other people who find them of interest.

What makes del.icio.us interesting?

Del.icio.us, like flickr also uses folksonomy as a way to organise pages.

Why use del.icio.us?

· If you are not always on the same computer – your bookmarks are always with you.

· You can use the tags to discover new web pages of interest

This week’s activities:

· On your blog write a post about del.icio.us which includes a link to your del.icio.us account,

· Post a link to your del.icio.us account as a comment here.

· Tag this Blog in del.icio.us and everyone else’s Blog in the workshop group with the tag “mpi104_2010” (people’s blog links should be posted in Week 3’s comments)

· When you have tagged several web pages with del.icio.us create a network.

· When you have written your del.icio.us post, put a link to that post as a comment to this post. I only want the post- not your blog.

· Continue to comment on other class member’s posts every time you write a post.

· Bookmark other class members links

· Bookmark your Blog and Flickr homepages.

What other sites are there where you can collect web pages with tag links?

· Create a post in your blog with at least 3 working links to these.

· Email Katrina your :

o Your Gmail address

o Your Blog url

o Your del.icio.us account

o Your flickr account

And finally...

You can download extensions for various web browsers which allow you to easily post to del.icio.us. You may wish to explore this for your own personal computer.