A serendipitous tale of how using twitter as part of her 2010 Product Design course brought Internet fame to a New Zealand student.

An International collaborative project was established between Ireland, New Zealand and Chile Product Design courses for semester1 2010. Discussions between the lecturers involved and the 'technology steward' led to choosing several web 2.0 (mobile-friendly) tools to facilitate communication and collaboration on the project across the barriers of distance and time-zones. One of these tools was [ Twitter] which participants could choose to use on almost any Internet capable device. Students were introduced to Twitter by their lecturers (supported by the technology steward) at the start of the project. Lisa, being initially somewhat unsure of using Twitter, posted her fist Twitter post as "I hate technology!" See how her Internet fame unfolded by viewing the media links that follow, and at the same time provided a motivational boost for the engagement of all of the students involved in the project:

Lisa with the iPad

Using Mobile Web 2.0 for International Collaboration

The International collaborative project focused upon designing for sustainable food production, which became extremely relevant to the project participants after the massive earthquake in Chile during the very beginning of the project.

The project utilised the following web 2.o tools for student research, collaboration, and presentation and peer critique:
  • Ning social network for group collaboration - established by the lecturers'
  • Twitter
  • YouTube for student-created videos
  • Google Docs for sharing student research data and presentations
  • Vox blogs for individual student reflections and learning journals

Project Pedagogical Design:

2010 project support Wiki

Project Ning

[ Twitterfall]: search using the Twitter hashtag #f4t10 to view participant project 'Tweets'.

Example Project Outputs: