Saturday, December 22, 2007

Why Frozen Peas - Social media to support a cause

Why the frozen pea theme in my previous post? Last week pea avatars and "tweets" about peas, started to appear on Twitter, these led me to and to Susan Reynold's blog BoobsOnIce. Susan 'Cancer Patient in Social media soul' is using social media to help raise awareness to breast cancer. In her blog she shares her journey with us. In order to add 'a touch of lightness to what could have been a sad and serious tale' Susan relates how she used a bag of frozen peas as an ice-pack to sooth her cleavage after the initial diagnostic examination. As Twitter followers started to post pea avatars in identification with Susan and her desire to raise awareness to breast cancer the Frozen Pea Fund was set up. See also Duncan Riley on TechCrunch Canyou spare the peas?"

Friday, December 21, 2007

Random Clicks lead to A FlickR Flip Book and more

I don't remember why I clicked on or, once there, why I continued to click on - however whatever the reason I'm glad I did. From there I continued to click on the link to heymilly's blog "Thinking Past The Square". Many interesting and valuable posts and reccomendations to be found. Among them a post highlighting the uses of flickr as a storytelling tool and some useful and fun Flickr mashups.
Embedded below a flickr flipbook created at After clicking on create book all you need to do is search for a flickr user or tag, drag photos into the book interface, add text and publish.

Or as a link
Frozen Pea Fund by social media

Why the frozen pea theme? Susan Reynold's blog "BoobsOnIce".
post pea avatars
Frozen Pea Fund
Duncan Riley on TechCrunch "Can you spare the peas?"

Friday, December 7, 2007

Twitter - in 140 chars and 30mins

1) Teacher tweets request for comments on student blog
2) Network responds
3) 30 mins later student has comments+ from around the world

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

December Holidays Multicultural Greetings VoiceThread

December or thereabouts is a time for celebrating! Christmas, Hannuka, Kwanzaa and Eid Al-Fitr all fall round about December time. I'm trying to create a voice thread where students can send vocal greetings around the world, to their friends and family.

The project has 2 stages.
Stage One:
add holiday graphics created by your students to a photo pool on Flickr or to a wiki I set up for the purpose. (I've uploaded my G2 Hannuka graphics to get the ball rolling)

Flickr Pool:

Stage Two:
(after I add your graphics to the VoiceThread)
Have students record Holiday Greetings to their friends and family either in English or in L1.
Voice Thread: