Thursday, 15 May 2008


How can you find others using the same tags you've placed in your posts? Well, open an account in Technorati

What is Technorati? It is an Internet search engine for searching blogs, competing with Google, Yahoo and IceRocket. (More Info at

  • Go to Tecnorati at
  • Open an account
  • Go to "My Account"
  • Click on the "Blogs" tab
  • Go to "Claim a Blog" and write your blog url
  • You'll see "Begin Claim" and will get a choice for next step, just pick the simpler, "Post Claim".
  • Activate the claim using "post claim".
  • Follow Instructions.
  • Once you have successfully claimed your blog, complete the Edit Blog Settings form, where you'll need to write the tags that will describe yours, and HERE, include wrtingmatrix.
  • When done, you'll see "My Claimed Blogs". Click on "Ping".
    You can now check for your blog's new content. There's no need to "Automate this", as this option will demand some knowledge of html. Your blog will now appear in your "Blog Directory search". (from Rita's article in WritingMatrix wiki)

I have found the following post about Technorati at

I asked WM teachers :"Do you agree agree or not with the article , and why?" Opinions about Technorati by WM teachers:

Rita Zeinstejer : "Technorati can be a very good tool for stds provided they know how to use it, when to use it, where to use it. And it's up to teachers to show them how to find out about it."

Vance Stevens: "I don't have much experience with technorati. I teach a course whose coursebook is here: try to expand the students' notion of search beyond Google.

I make a lot of use of Technorati is mentioned there as are other Google search tools.\I think I would agree that it's not that useful to students unless they are familiar with the concept of tagging and work in a field where bloggers are common (such as the field of education and social networking) and where these bloggers will tag their posts.I think teachers should get familiar with it first and then they can think of ways to use it with their students."

And you? What is your opinion?

Sunday, 11 May 2008

My Experience presenting WM at USAL on line Workshops

From May 5th to 9th, the University of El Salvador (Argentina) held online Wokshops in Spanish on different topics related to EAD ( Distance Education).

I presented Writing Matrix Project in Spanish on May 7th...

and received some very good comments:

Hola al grupo! Hola Nelba:
Leí tu presentación. Me pareció interesantísima y narrada además con mucho entusiasmo.Cuando concluya el evento visitaré sitios sugeridos por vos y haré una nueva lectura con tranquilidad.(Al menos es lo que deseo!) Reitero: el proyecto de ustedes es genial! ...Quedamos en diálogo.Un saludo afectuoso.Graciela Lima Silvain. Universidad Nacional de San Luis. Argentina.

Nelba, he "disfrutado" de tu ponencia y accedido al blog. Es realmente una experiencia destacada desde el planteo pedagógico y disciplinar, el grado de interacción con los alumnos... impresionante!!! Un ejemplo en la utilización de todos los recursos de la "red social", gracias por compartirlo... !!!!
Un cordial saludo desde Mendoza, Marcela

Nelba (soy uno de los coordinadores de este foro), y me pareció sumamente interesante tu intervención ya que relata una experiencia muy clara y concreta sobre la aplicación de herramientas de la Web 2.0 en la educación, y evalúa resultados.

La explicación de las etiquetas me interesó mayormente. En la introducción de su ponencia, María Alonso Naveiro y Antonio Torralba Burrial, entre varias características que definen Internet, hablan de "el mayor reservorio de información que existe", así que necesariamente tenemos que preocuparnos por las búsquedas: cómo buscar y cómo ser buscados en este mundo, cómo no perdernos en el laberinto. Lic. Julián Martínez Vázquez

There were participants from Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and some other countries. It was carried out in the platform of the University. It worked fantastically and the moderators were really good.

There were very good articles, but what called my attention was how wary Argentinian participants are towards Web 2.0. In general, they are a reluctant to completely on line courses and prefer blended ones because they think that face to face contact is really necessary for a successful learning process. They neither like the idea of using Second Life.

In a way, I felt "different". As a Webhead, I am always exploring new tools to adapt my teaching to the technological advances, but Argentinians seem to distrust ICTs. They do not refuse them, but do not accept them either.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

First Chat Session of the year

Last Saturday we had our first chat session of Writing Matrix Reloaded. Writing Matrix Reloaded group is pretty different from the one we had last year. Matías, Barbara, Joao and María Luján are still with us - LUCKILY- , the new participants are all teachers: Beyza from Turkey, Berta from Venezuela, José Da Silva from Brazil and Liliana from Argentina.

The chat lasted and hour and it was about
tags and tagging, their use and purpose. Some teachers found it interesting and clarifying.

Writing Matrix Tagging in Youtube by Vance at: