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Week 4: Technology Stewardship

Introduction> Technology Stewardship

“Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community .” (Wenger, E., White, N., Smith, J.D., 2009, Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities” CPSquare)
If you appreciate a rambly conversation, listen to http://technologyforcommunities.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ink-well-view-self-interview8jun2010.mp3 – and review excerpts of the book. http://technologyforcommunities.com/excerpts/ . We’ll also offer you chapters 6 (ask Maarten for the file and password) and  10, the workbook chapter as a blank Google Doc template you can copy https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ClBH0hRifzfT7PWe2SonqBAodCNWuSKGiBUMtnfziMk/edit?hl=en_US&pli=1. You can buy the book if you want http://amzn.to/1qefTz – digital or in print)

Discussion #4 :

This week you will do half of your primary team activity as a classroom exercise with your group and then present during the online session, with each group presenting their findings.
BEFORE class, read the Orientations Chapter 6 of Digital habitats and then, IN CLASS as a group, do an Orientations Spidergram  Activity #4 below for one of the online groups or networks you have been researching. This is a time constrained exercise, so pay attention to how you plan your time and divide up the work. Prepare a 5 minute maximum presentation on your  key insight from doing the spidergram activity. You will then present your spidergrams to Nancy when she joins us. If we can get Google Hangout working, we could even record your presentations! (we’re still working on this so keep returning to this section and check the announcements!)

Teamwork Activity #4:

4a. Spidergram

Pick one or more of the exemplar sites you are researching and identify which community activities are most prominent and important for that community. Fill out a Spidergram assessment for each site using the whiteboard in the classroom. Have at least one person take a picture and share online. Then you can later identify which tools and technologies are being used to support those activities. Be sure not to confound the activities with the tools! The spidergram might also be something to help you build your narrative for your “client” in your final reports.
4.b Exercise: Contribute to the CPSquare Tool Wiki  OPTIONAL
This project will be done in pairs within your group. Groups will determine their own pairs. How will you figure this out? Communicate it? (yes, this is part of the activity). Once your pairs are identified, you will need to create an account on the wiki – know that it must be approved by John Smith so DON’T WAIT TO DO THIS. There may be a delay of up to 24 hours. Then pick a page that has little content from the list of “pages that need work” and research and contribute substantively to that page. Share the URL your pair did with your team and with the instructors. Post a brief team reflection on the process and what you learned. Tag it appropriately.

Personal Blog Reflection Prompt #4:

How much does your personal preference drive your tool choices? What if everyone else in your group had different preferences? How would you proceed as you steward the technology? Does looking at others’ preferences and perspectives change your view as a tech steward? Challenge you?

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