The Changing Shape Of Information: Uploading

Digital Stories

A - Design and Innovation

Design and Innovation Instructions

Producer - Sarah H

Video Number: 4.a.20
Title: Semantic Assistant (Design and Innovation)
Summary: In this video, you are taught through a Microsoft Surface Semantic Assistant how to use each different part of Microsoft Surface for students. You can access the Web from a touchscreen and download everything onto your cell phone for the utmost convenience. The assistant is a hologram that is programmed to answer each of your questions and show you how to work the Surface on your own. School features are a major part of this program, so that students can learn at their own level and are taught by a teacher that never gets tired of repeating herself!
URL: **Semantic Assistant**
Location: Georgia, USA
Outsource Producer: My classmate Hilliary J.

Producer - Sara Al Misned

Video Number: 4.a.21
Title: The Series Of Unfortunate Events (Design and Innovation)
Summery: In this video, you are told about the side effects of too much technology. It also gives you insight on wikipedia and how the critics are targeting it because of the unconfirmed information on it. Also a brief conclusion about how humans and animals act on instinct and can react to what is happening spontaneously whereas computers can't.
Location: Doha, Qatar
Outsource Producer: A friend from Doha College in Qatar: Fahad Al Thani

Producer- Mike Lion

Video Number: 4.a.22
Title- Photact Lenses
Summary- In the future people will be able to take pictures and record videos with special contact lenses, called photact lenses, that they will be able to scan into their computer.
Location- Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, USA
Outsourced Video Segment producer- Sara H, Westwood School, USA

Producer - E.Lei

Video Number: 4.a.23
Title - Upload the World
Summary - What uploading is, and examples of it. There is an interview with Mr Utect
Location - Shanghai American School, China

B - Story and Empathy

Story and Empathy Instructions

Producer- Denise D. & Gerbert G

Video Number: 4.b.24
Title- Representing information
Summary- We used to only be able to write by hand, but now we can type everything on the computer research on the internet and edit information directly on a document which can then be sent to anyone all over the world.
URL- **Reprisenting Information**
Location- Vienna International School, Austria

C - The Fun Factor (Play)

The Fun Factor (Play) Instructions

Producer- Stephanie O

Video Number: 4.c.25
Title- The changing shape of information
Summary- Information as its changes shape and how we can live with it
Location- PLC, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Producer- Mitch B

Video Number: 4.c.26
Title- Uploading The Beginning of Blogs
Summary- This is the Story of blogs and Trent Lott
Location-Camilla,GA in the U.S.A


What is uploading?

  • Uploading - the process of copying a file from one computer to another computer or from one wireless device to another device using a network connection. This network connection can be hardwired or wireless.
  • You upload files from your computer to a Web server when you want your web site to be available to anyone connected to the Internet.
  • Uploading files is generally done with a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) utility.
  • Although uploading has been only between computers in the past, it has now taken a mobile form. A person can easily upload photographs, videos, audio, or other data to or from electronic devices. These devices do not necessarily include computers. Cell phones, cameras, and audio devices are becoming large sources of data and people are using them more and more to transfer data. GabCast is a commonly used web 2.0 tool for this type of data transfer.
This wiki is dedicated to three forms of uploading:
  • Community developed software
  • Open source software, blogging and Web 2.0 tools
  • Wikipedia

What is an open source software?

Open source software - a type of software where the source code is open and can be edited by the user.
  • Examples are Linux and this wiki page.external image _logo.png

Linux Logo

Open Source Software Facts
  • Open source software has opened a new era in the IT world.
  • It can be personally designed using source code.
  • In 1998 a group of individuals decided to replace the term free software with open source software.
  • Software developers published their software with an open source license which made it easy to understand.
  • Open-source software generally allows anybody to make a new version of the software, port it to new operating systems and processor architectures, share it with others or market it.
  • The aim of open source is to let the product be more understandable, modifiable, reliable or simply accessible, while it is still marketable.

Blogging - the chronological publication of one's personal thoughts and weblinks.
Blogging facts:
  • Began in early 90s
  • Took the idea from personal diary written by individuals.
  • The word blogger is also taken from journalists, diarists, etc.
  • A few called themselves escribitionists.
  • The term 'weblog' (Blog) was first termed by Jorn Barger on December 17 1997
  • Was later brought down to 'blog' by Peter Merholz who broke the term 'weblog' into 'we blog'
  • The first site to go up was Xanga : released in 1996
  • Well known by 1999.

The most common and popular form of uploading is blogging. All over the world there are millions of bloggers and great new social networking sites. Even in this part of the world, blogging has changed the way many of us live.

What are web 2.0 tools?

  • Web 2.0 tools are a new generation of the Internet based services such as social networking sites, wikis etc.
  • They emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users.
  • These tools can range from collaboration among computers to getting YouTube videos on a cell phone.
  • For a list of popular web 2.0 tools, visit Go2Web20.
  • Wikis are programs that allow users to develop a page online which can be edited by anyone over the network.
  • Examples would be wikipedia, wikispaces, pbwiki and many more.
Web 2.0 Facts
  • The term web 2.0 was first termed by O'Reilly Media in 2004.
  • It mainly focuses on the online collaboration and sharing among others.
  • O'Reilly Media and MediaLive International, used the phrase as a title for a series of conferences and since 2004
  • It has become a popular by buzzword among technical and marketing communities.

Fun facts and examples:
  • In, "Blogging India: A Windows Live Report", 14 percent of Indian online users are active bloggers.
  • If the number of active Internet users in India is 25 million, then as per this report, the number of active bloggers in India ought to be 3.5 million ( source).
  • Even today ninety-four-year-old Allan Lööf, of Norrkoping, Sweden, is still blogging today and decides to write an autobiography using his blog.(source)

Current News

rf_microsoft-symbol2.jpg"Microsoft's deal opens door to open source"

Microsoft will now begin working with an "antitrust decision" that started in 2004, It states that "Microsoft has unfairly prevented rivals from making compatible products. The technology in question includes the sort of software needed by businesses to run their server computers." (European Commission)


  • Mike Leavitt and Michael Chertoff are the first two members of President Bush's Cabinet who are blogging.

"Web 2.0: New law?"
Is the internet changing our social rules to where they are irrelevant? Or are they just another thing that daily morals govern?
  • New laws are being thought that demand more privacy for users of sites
  • Social networks are being restricted on using personal information
  • Finding new ways to stop unauthorized copying of music and video

Open Source Software

  • A project by Linux to launch open source software in Russia for the first time.

The video is on open source software and how it has influenced information technology sector (IT). The video is from the World Summit on Information Society 2005 November.(WSIS) It states that for years Microsoft has dominated the world of computing, but its software is beyond the reach of many in the developing nations. This 2-part series investigates that the poorest countries are now changing tack and using Free/Open Source software.

Impact on Education

Sabbab's Video, International School Dhaka

  • Uploading has changed the way we do our work over the Internet.
  • This is something that is changing the whole way of our thinking, understanding and most importantly our access to information.
  • Being a consumer and a producer is thus changing the shape of our information.
  • (File Transfer Protocol) - A communication method for transferring data between computers on the Internet. FTP servers store files that can be accessed from other computers. FTP provides security services so only authorized access is allowed.
    -Schools have now resorted to FTP servers to upload and distribute school work with ease and efficiency. (i.e PLC students uses studywiz)
  • Education has been influenced by wikis. Since wikis are easy to use and teachers can create one for their students where they can see their tasks.
  • Even at the International School of Dhaka wikispaces is at use for the ITGS and French class and the students can submit their work just through the wikis("consumer and prodeucer").
  • Besides wikispaces, the wikipedia is also a great resource of information and mostly importantly students can add more information on the wikipedia.
  • Wikipedia is just an online editable encyclopedia
  • Everyday it is edited by millions.
  • The only draw back is that defamers are able to add inappropriate content.
  • An Example if a person has no idea of who hackers are and just look up a wiki for a preliminary idea, pranksters can easily fool them by saying that hackers are good people who are no worse than saints.
  • This problem can be resolved by just restricting the unwanted user and simply by locking the wiki from the editing mode.

Web 2.0 in Colleges
Web 2.0 tools have a great effect on colleges. Many colleges use blogs and wikis, to get students to research and post their ideas and views. Professors encourage students, to use the internet for discussions or questions that weren't addressed in class. Some professors even record video introductions that they post on I-Tunes for the students to see. Professor videos are an example of the ways colleges attract new students', use of interactive web tools also gets many students' attention. Most colleges have their own college email systems, and now a lot of colleges use the application Blackboard. Blackboard is a little bit like Facebook, it is a social network for colleges. Student can have discussions on it, and professors could send out messages and assignments to their students. Lesson aids such as graphs, and powerpoints could also be posted there. With the spread of technologies like Blackboard, education is becoming more and more interactive. Bellow is a video about how blackboard helps students in different situations.

Blogging in Education

  • Blogging has also effected education.
  • Blogging was used to be seen as another social networking and not for education.
  • Now more people encourage blogging as it enhances learning.
  • At ISD students use elgg for social networking and also for their ITGS and Theory of Knowledge classes.
    • Elgg uses Myspace and blogger.

This presentation was taken from Youtube and it is good contrast of how education was in the early days and how the use of wikis, open source and other technologies has changed education.

Impact on Employment

Sanjida's video, International School Dhaka

Jordan & Kristy - USA

RYZE provides its users with communications tools, forums, events and other services.
  • These features, and any new features adopted by RYZE, (collectively, the "Service") are subject to the TOS.
  • You understand and agree that the RYZE services are provided "AS-IS"
  • RYZE does not assume any responsibility for:
  • the content of any of these communications
  • the deletion or failure to display
  • store any user communications

  • founded by Adrian Scottin San Francisco in late 2001
    • It is a free social networking website designed to link business professionals.
    • It has over 450,000 members in 200 countries, with over 1000 external organizations.
  • It was the first of the new generation of social networking services, and was a heavy influence on Friendster.
    • Founded by early Ryze member Jonathan Abrams in 2002. The site has received a large number of positive media mentions in publications including, Newsday, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today and others.

Social networking services can be a powerful professional ally to businesses in particular, independent entrepreneurs and smaller companies, for whom each new personal connection is a significant business building block.
  • LinkedIn and Zero Degrees are two of the more popular services that facilitate business-oriented connections
  • some argue that they are now doing a better job of connectivity than ever before.
  • Technology is helpful for building business.
  • Sales people know how to work their black books to make sales
  • rolodexes can be business person’s best asset.
  • Networking technologies gives companies a new set of tools for recruiting and customer service.
  • Different companies considering building online communities for advertising, branding, or marketing will need to cede some degree of control over content.
  • These services are becoming popular as business networking tools, because the price is right, most are free.
  • The profit side of the business is very active in the art and culture world particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Web hosting order forms comes in that list in Tribe as source of referral.

Hoovers is known as the business intelligence service, and social software maker visible path are bout to launch a new business-networking site called Hoovers Connect. Enterprise Web 2.0 is a micro-publication about management leadership and people issues raised by the next generation of web technologies. It is aimed more at technology savvy business mangers than professional technologies.

Business Blogs

Marqui is a blogging website that is used by businesses to help manage Web content, marketing camaigns, E-mail campaigns, and business blogging.


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