Theme Table: Sometu in English

Back to the main page of 13.5.09 meeting

TAKEAWAYS FROM OUR MEETING 13th of May 2009
1 - Who will organize events, meetings, etc. that are relevant for the Sometu community -> Please write also a short summary in English language about the topic.
2 - We have to set a date on which we'll record a short meeting via Adobe Connect Pro (in English, with English slides about Sometu, etc.). A link to the recorded meeting will be posted in the Sometu English group to make it accessible to everyone.
3 - Embed in the Sometu English Group a slideshare presentation about Sometu in English to make it accessible to everyone.






Questions to the table:
Where? In Sometu Ning or...?
What? What about other languages?
Why? How to activate people? Are we going international?
The Future? Challenges of the development
Who will take responsibility? Names! Routines! English speaking people blogging for Sometu?

Other: Collaborative presentation about Sometu in English

Links:
http://sometu.ning.com/group/english

Notes:


You can write your collaborative thoughs here:


Jos: Does the content of this window get saved somehow?
Sami: It's automatically saved into this meeting room and the hosts can send the content of a note to oneself via email by clicking a button

Jos: Cool! In the "Sometu in English group" are:
Sanna Brauer
Taru Kekkonen
Helge Keitel
Jos Schuurmans
Andrea Vascellari
Mervi Jansson
... and who (else) is online?
Tuomo Turja (later arrvived)
Sami Andberg (at least for a while still)

[Below is copied from the Sometu Wiki:]

Edit This Page
Theme Table: Sometu in English
Back to the main page of 13.5.09 meeting

Questions to the table:
Where? In Sometu Ning or...?
What? What about other languages?
Why? How to activate people? Are we going international?
The Future? Challenges of the development
Who will take responsibility? Names! Routines! English speaking people blogging for Sometu?

Other: Collaborative presentation about Sometu in English

Links:
http://sometu.ning.com/group/english

Notes (by Jos; please add on what I missed!):

Mervi: Does sometu have an international events board?
(please add your name in front thx!)

Taru: not yet, I think. Do we need and want one, or could the same board work for all languages?

Sanna: People who don't speak Finnish have said they find it difficult to follow the events even when they are partly in Finnish or when the interface is in Finnish.

Jos: Perhaps we can request for a volunteer from the whole network.

Sanna & Taru: It should be the responsibility of the person who distributes information about the event.

Helge: The one who originates the event.

Tsui-Shan: In my work I also need to write the same message both in Finnish and in English, gradually it becomes habit. I agree that this habit can be ''developed''...:)

Elias Aarnio: Could the user interfaces be separate? Localized instances in different languages.

Jos: Can it be done on Ning?
Elias: I would say so, yes.

Andrea: Finnish people tend to be hesitant when it comes to sharing information in English.

Helge: We could send out a request that there is a job to do, and if someone would be interested.

Jos: In summary, we can try to raise awareness that people should post English summaries with Finnish information AND ask for a volunteer.

Sanna & Helge: Then there is the more strategic question of whether we should go international, i.e.

Taru: Erlangen Nuerenberg. Web2 for teachers EU project. If successful application, Otava will be one of the partners and create a Sometu-kind of online network

Sanna: Nordlet is another programme who have asked us to tell more about Sometu.
Lately I was asked to present Sometu in Brussels for teachers in the multilingual universities. Development of multilingual, multicultural

I just made a note of creating a wiki to build the story of Sometu: what do we tell people when we present o

Helge: Many countries are interested in establishing connections around our topics.

Helge: When the goals are clear, people will get into action.

Sanna: I propose that we will organize a separate Connect Pro meeting among the English group.


Tuomo: After folowing some European or Nordic teachers' networks I've come to this thought: Sometu -it's English section - could have a lot to give to other educational social networks in Europe and wider, too. On the other hand, we in Sometu have a lot to learn about co-operational learning and teaching processes in other countries. Do we use Ning, ACP, LeMill, Twitter, Qaiku, Delicious, Moodle, edu20 or other tools is another question.

Tuomo: Language is not the only challenge. Cultural differences and differences in legislation make the learning environments differ. Discussions about social medea may therefore be not so straightforward, at least in the beginning, and misunderstandings become common. For example in Moodle developing groups this has not been a big problem, I suppose.

Tuomo: Participating in international projects is rewarding if Sometu has a strategy and aim clear enough to get benefits from those projects.


ACTION POINTS - no volunteers appointed :-)
  • Notes of this meeting into the Wiki
  • Share a link to the wiki with Sometu in English
  • Arrange follow-up meeting among the Sometu in English
- Language interface
- Awareness that people distribute Finnish info with English summaries
- Volunteers for translations?
- Internationalization: how to go about it?
- Creating the Sometu story, with presentations, in English