Learnstreaming Presentation from Podcamp 5 Boston

Below is a copy of my presentation from podcamp 5 in Boston. Thanks to all who attended and participated in our discussion.

Reserve Learnstream Username For These Tool and Services

In addition to setting up the basic services for your learnstream, you should consider reserving your username for other tools and services you may add to your learnstream in the future.  This helps keep a consistent name across services (if possible).  You don’t need to use any of these services at this time in order to sign up.  If you plan on creating and maintaining a learnstream, you’ll want many of the services below.

Check your preferred user name for multiple services at once on either name.chk or knowem.  Not all services are listed here so you will have to visit the services separately.

Here are some suggested tools and services:

FunctionService/ToolPurpose is to...To Get Started...
share book recommendations and reviews with othersShelfari
Disqustrack your blog comments in 1 location (for sites using Disqus)Disqus
CommunityNingcreate your own online communityNing
DocumentationScribdcreate, share, store and view documentsScribd
PresentationSlidesharecreate, share, store and view presentationsSlideshare
Postingping.fmupdate many social services from 1 locationping.fm
Stream Aggregatorfriendfeed
aggregates many social media services into 1 toolfriendfeed
Skypeskypecommunicate (voice, video, Instant Message)skype
upload, share and view videosvimeo
Wikipbworkscreate collaborative website

8 Services to Start Your Learnstream Flowing

Learnstream services flowing
There are many services that you could include in your learnstream.  Here are  some of the basic services to consider for your learnstream.  I listed a couple of options for most services (my primary is listed 1st)).

Note:  Try selecting a consistent name across services, if possible. You can check your username for many social services at once by using name.chk or knowem.

Basic Learnstream Services

FunctionService/ToolPurpose is to...To Get Started...
Bookmarkingdelicious diigosave and share bookmarksdelicious
easily create blog posts or share other web content on your sitePosterous
create and maintain business and industry relationshipsLinkedin
Social NetworkingFacebookconnect and share with friends and colleaguesFacebook
communicate and share using short messagesTwitter
Photo SharingFlickr
store and share photos or other items converted to an image
(e.g., diagrams, charts, visuals)
RSS ReaderGoogle Reader
read many sites and pages from 1 locationGoogle Reader
url Shortnerbit.ly
reduce the size of a url to make it easier to share and viewbit.ly

If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a suggested order:

1. LinkedIn
2. Delicious
3. Google Reader
4. Twitter
5. Bit.ly
6. Flickr
7. Facebook
8. Posterous

Learnstreams Have 3 Major Actions




Harold Jarche has added another interesting piece to my learnstreaming idea.

Harold says that learnstreams are the water that allows learnscapes to grow.  I like this addition and have developed it a little further.

Learnstreams have 3 major actions that are required to keep the learnstream healthy for use within the learnscape.

Inputs (listening) – how we listen to the learnscape. We listen using multiple devices and have control over some of the content entering our stream.  Here are a few listening devices:

Filtered – content entering your stream where you have defined some form of criteria for entry:

  • RSS Type (e.g., Google Reader, Lazyfeed)
  • Alerts (e.g., Google Alerts, Backtype)
  • Social streams (e.g., Twitter, Facebook)
  • Off line – (e.g., Person to Person, books, TV)

Unfiltered – content entering your stream where you have less control and choice of entry (e.g., e-mail, voice mail)

Purifiers (thinking)- how we process, refine and create content.  This is where we apply thinking processes (e.g., critical and creative thinking, communication) to existing content or we create new content.

Outputs (speaking) – this is how we speak into the learnscape and is based on many factors including:

  • Responses to: conversations, blog posts, social streams
  • Releasing new content (e.g., blog posts, white papers, video, audio)

What Do You Think?

  • What other major actions do learnstreams have?
  • What do you think is required for a healthy learnstream?
  • Are you maintaining a healthy learnstream?  Why? Why not?