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Dec 03 2008

Action Notebook

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Download a PDF version our Action Notebook (Chapter 10 from the book) – a practitioner-oriented summary of the book that you can download for free. (See  details on accessing a recently added Google Docs version that could be easier for you to use and be more flexible than the PDF.)  The chapter is couched as an “action notebook” in the sense that it summarizes dozens of practical steps you can take to support your community.  With checklists, tables, and questions, it takes you through the steps of stewarding technology and outlines what to keep in mind at each step.

While a summary, this chapter does not follow the order of the book. In the body of the book chapters are introduced in an order that reflects conceptual prerequisites: which concepts need to be introduced first so that the rest of the text makes sense. Here we revisit what we have said, but it an order that approximates better the way in which these ideas can be put into practice:

  • Preamble: reflection on the role of tech steward
  • Step 1: understanding your community, its characteristics, orientation, and current configuration
  • Step 2: providing technology: choosing a strategy, selecting a solution, and planning the change
  • Step 3: stewarding technology in use, in the life of the community and at its closing

Of course, the actual work of stewarding technology for community is not quite that linear, but it is still useful to think about it in terms of these steps. For each heading, we provide the reference to the chapter(s) where the material is discussed.

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Apr 18 2008

Connected Futures workshop

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We’re wrapping up our plans and materials for our new workshop, developed and presented by Beth Kanter, Beverly Trayner, Bronwyn Stuckey, Etienne Wenger, John D. Smith, Nancy White, Nick Noakes, Shawn Callahan, Shirley Williams, and Susanne Nyrop.It includes a lot of modeling of learning interactions, stratagems, and tactics using a dozen different social technologies.

We’re designing the workshop to support:

  • Getting to know each other, each other’s communities
  • Creating “a workshop as laboratory”
  • Exploring real communities, from an insider’s perspective to see community orientations & technology integration
  • Considering the role and activity of the technology stewards in authentic situations
  • Exploring the uses of social technologies to stay in touch as well as for sustained inquiry
  • Experiencing the design of learning agendas and then configuring technology to pursue those agendas
  • Articulate strategies to introduce new social technologies to a community
Readings from Wenger, White and Smith’s “Technology Stewardship for Communities” and several other sources on topics such as:
  • Communities of practice theory glimpse
  • Community technology stewardship
  • Tools and their Integration
  • Scanning the Technology Landscape
  • Orientations: community experience and configuration of tools
  • A More Distributed Future
  • A Learning Agenda

Connected futures workshop starts April 28:

It will be a great way to test our thinking and our writing with a bunch of practitioners from all over the world!

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