Social Learning (Assignment 1)

In assignment 1 you will create a personal website that will be used to present all your work in EDN113.

There are a number of readings and examples (Google docs) that we recommend you look at to assist you on your learning journey. They are grouped into categories (rather than weeks) so that you can find information relevant to the task you are working on.

Assignment 1(A) - Website & blog set-up

Due Friday 4 March, 2010 (week 3)

Prepare a website (a shell or prototype) including:

  • your contact details
  • an ‘About me’ section (example)
  • your photograph
  • and a blog (example)


Assignment 1(B) - Website & social technology

Due Friday 18 March, 2010 (week 5)

  • Examine and learn to use two additional software programs or web applications (one from a list supplied and one of your own choosing) and present an example of each as a social tool.
  • Comment on your blog about the process of creating your website, and provide reflections on how you went about learning or refining the additional programs or applications and creating examples of their use.


Example: Social Learning
Resource 1 - Skype

Join the EDN113 Skype chat group so you can communicate with your peers and tutor in real-time using text or voice chat. Skype is a great way to communicate socially with your friends, family or people with like hobbies or interests.


  1. Download Skype
  2. Add to contacts: jennip98 and danielboase-jelinek
  3. Add message - "EDN113 student"
  4. OK send


Example: Social Learning
Resource 2 - Shelfari

Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favorite books – all for free.

I invite my friends and family to visit my Shelfari bookcase to see what books I want to read. It is a great resource when it comes to buying birthday and Christmas presents,. No more guessing - here you will find the books I would like to read.

Visit my Shelfari bookshelf:, and click on the Request Friendship link (top right).


Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

MyHeritage Family Tree

My Mother, Patricia, started researching our family tree about 20 years ago. When she died (2007) I contacted as many family members as possible to let them know I would takeover from my Mother and continue to keep the tree updated.  We invite family members to contact us with new information or to correct existing information.

This has been a fantastic family social activity and through it I have met a few distance relatives face-to-face (Jennifer in Sydney, Margaret in Brisbane, Jo in Victoria, etc). I also have family members that I have never met send me information from all over Australia and other countries around the world - the UK, USA and PNG.  Family send me the latest news about births, deaths & marriages and I add them to the website. Congratulations to Mark & Elaine Schubert who were married in February 2011, in Mt Tamborine, Queensland.

My Mother also helped my partner, Mark, start researching his family tree.  We have made contact with a number of Mark's relatives on his father's side that live in the UK through facebook. It has been relatively easy to trace back Mark's tree as his family name is quite unusual - Downsborough. But his Mother's maiden name is Leach which is much harder to research. However due to MyHeritages "smartmatching" feature we have recently had relatives from Mark's Mother's side contact us from Adelaide. So we are now filling in more of the gaps and meeting more family members!

Setting up your MyHeritage family tree

There are 2 ways you can use MyHeritage to build your family tree.

1/ Download the FREE Family tree builder to your computer and add and update information offline, then publish your tree to the website. If you use this method only you can add or change information. However family members can upload photos to the site.

2/ Create your site on the internet using MyHeritage family pages. Using this provides access for other family members to add and edit information.

You will find full detail about how to get started using either of these methods on the MyHeritage/Geneology web page.

(MyHeritage, 2011).  



My status

Social Bookmarks 



Creative Commons License   Living and learning with technology by Jenni Parker (2011) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
  Based on work by Teachers in the School of Education, Murdoch University.

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