Getting Started

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First Steps

What is this class? How does it even work?

EdStartup 101 isn’t a “MOOC” where you watch videos and answer multiple choice questions in the undisturbed silence of a cubicle. EdStartup is a roll-your-sleeves-up, get-to-work community built around accomplishing tasks that have value in the real world through social learning and collaborating with others. To get the most out of the class you need to sign up, let us know who you are and where we can find you online. You can accomplish this by heading over to the Sign Up page. Before you sign up, you’ll need (1) a blog, (2) a Twitter account, and (3) a YouTube account (these are required to sign up):

  • You are required to have a blog for this class. You can use any blog service that you like; we especially love WordPress. Any time you post something related to the course on your blog it must be tagged “edstartup” (no quotes) or our automated system will not be able to find it and no one will see that great piece of writing you slaved over for so long! If you’re new to blogging and WordPress, there are plenty of great tutorials to help you get started. If you’re new to blogging, check out this great advice for first timers.
  • We strongly encourage you to regularly use Twitter for this class. If you already have an account, you may use it. Otherwise, creating an account is easy! Simply tweet class-relevant content with the hashtag #edstartup. These tweets will be harvested and displayed on the course website. In addition, Twitter can and should be integrated with your class blog. For example, when you complete a new entry, post a link on your twitter account. Whether you’re new to Twitter or not, Alec has some great tutorials on the basic language of Twitter and how to tweet.
  • Some course assignments are video assignments – like your introduction video. If you don’t already have a YouTube account, grab one now. After you’ve created your account and logged in, you can create videos from your webcam with one click.
  • Finally, you may want to also grab a Flickr account. This will be useful for sharing any sorts of drawings, photos, or other visuals you develop for the course. There are plenty of Flickr tutorials to get you started, too.

How You “Submit” Work

A demonstration of how to tag blog posts edstartup.

This course operates on a distributed model, where you keep your own writing and other work on your own blog, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter accounts. For almost every assignment in this course you will publish your work on your own site instead of uploading or emailing it to us. However – and this is CRITICAL – when you publish your work, you must tag it with BOTH the “edstartup” tag, with the topic tag, and with a special assignment-specific tag (where applicable). If you forget to tag your tweet, blog post, video, or image, chances are very high that none of the people in the course – facilitators included – will never see it. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, watch this quick video tutorial on tagging blog posts in WordPress:

You Must Tag Your Work

YOU MUST TAG YOUR WORK! Did we mention? Use tags to mark your blog posts edstartup. In Twitter, use the hashtag #edstartup. For YouTube and Flickr, just tag your pictures and videos edstartup. And whenever you post something to YouTube or Flickr, it’s always a good idea to make a blog post where you embed the video or image and tell us about it in more detail.

Next Steps

Head over to your YouTube account and record a short video introducing yourself to the rest of us. Don’t worry about making it too professional – this isn’t a course on video production! Just give us a brief, informal (dare we say fun?) feel for who you are. You might include info about favorite movies, books, music, or other pastimes, and something quirky about where you currently live or where you grew up. Tell us a little about why you’re passionate about education and what kind of difference you want to make in the world. Anything you like.

After making the video, create a post on your blog where you post the link to (or embed) your YouTube video. ┬áBE SURE to tag the blog post with both the “edstartup” and “intro” tags (no quotes) or we’ll never see it!

Wrapping Up

After you’ve successfully signed up for the course (including information about your blog, Twitter, and YouTube accounts), recorded your self-introduction video, and blogged about it, go watch some of your friends and peers videos, and learn a little about the other folks in the course.

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