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This is a backup replication of the original website, http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com/ (disappears July 31, 2018)


Update 2016 - Rita Zeinstejer was keeping WritingMatrix alive on Paper.li,

No news at end of July 2018, but the link still works :-)

Writingmatrix at Fukuoka, Japan, August 2008

Nelba Quintana was on hand as a scholarship winner to help Vance present on the Writingmatrix project at the WorldCALL 2008 conference. You can see pictures, examine the slides, and view the online recording of the presentation via the links given here:

The paper submitted to the proceeds is available here:WorldCALL2008_proceedings_vancestevens.pdf
or http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/archive/WorldCALL2008_proceedings_vancestevens.pdf 

Vance presented Writingmatrix in Dubai, April 2008

Writingmatrix: Engaging collaborative writing through social networking -
Abstract: This presentation explains aggregation, tagging, and RSS with respect to filtering content online and describes how these were applied in a worldwide collaboration project involving student bloggers tagging their posts writingmatrix and then using Technorati and Del.icio.us to identify each other's posts and explore mutual interests through social bookmarking.


March 2008 Proceeds of WiAOC published in TESL-EJ

Stevens, Vance, Nelba Quintana, Rita Zeinstejer, Saša Sirk, Doris Molero & Carla Arena. (2008). Writingmatrix: Connecting Students with Blogs, Tags, and Social Networking. In Stevens, Vance & Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Co-editors. (2008). Special Feature: Proceedings of the Webheads in Action Online Convergence, 2007. TESL-EJ, Volume 11, Number 4: http://tesl-ej.org/ej44/a7.html

The publication derived from our working document: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dr22kn2_24dpqdgg&hl=en

Click here to view our K-12 Online Conference

Presentation Portal October 2007



For WiAOC 2007

A Discussion Forum was created for us to leave and share queries and achievements at 


Visit Nelba's space

Rita has developed her space

Saša has developed her space

and Doris's blog is here: http://www.doris3meflcenter.blogspot.com


Visit Vance's Moodle course Writing in a Multiliterate Flat World

for a formalized but comprehensive description of the project

There is an introduction to the project here (read this first)

Vance has sketched out the project in broad strokes at Vance's Space

Vance and Rita gave a workshop in Abu Dhabi on this topic (the one below) on April 21, 2007


The workshop (2 hours) is on Writing in a flat world: better blogging through social networking.

Rita Zeinstejer got up at 3 a.m. to assist from Argentina via Elluminate at http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/

The workshop was recorded and is available here: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/play.jnlp?psid=2007-04-21.0050.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr

(Vance is unable to launch this in late July 2018, will see what else can be done)

In conjunction with this workshop links to materials were planned here to tell you:

  1. How to start a blog
    also http://www.vancestevens.com/blogs.htm
  2. How to post to a blog
  3. How to edit a post
  4. How to TAG a post, and why you should do this
    For this project, please tag all posts, pictures, etc. writingmatrix
    (plus any other terms that describe your post)
    More about these first 4 at the link above
  5. What RSS is, and why it's important http://www.vancestevens.com/rss_edu.htm
    Will Richardson’s
    - RSS Quick Start Guide for Educators http://www.weblogg-ed.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/RSSFAQ4.pdf
    - Blog post regarding his presentation "RSS: The New Killer App for Educators" 
  6. How to open a http://www.bloglines.com account, and why you should do this (Bloglines is no longer online)
  7. How to subscribe to RSS feeds generated by other bloggers in the project (in Bloglines)
  8. How to organize and follow each other's updated blog postings
  9. How to open a http://del.icio.us account, and why it's important (del.icio.us is only quasi-functional in July, 2018)
  10. How to get the del.icio.us browser button and tag sites you visit
    John Pederson's del.icio.us guide for educators at Google docs is no longer available at: http://pedersondesigns.com/2006/11/24/delicious-guide-for-educators-part-1-tools-tagging/ 
    But Archive.org has copies of the blog that points you there
  11.  David Muir's Simply Del.icio.us Online Social Bookmarking, or: Tagging for Teaching no longer at http://personal.strath.ac.uk/d.d.muir/Delicious_Guide.pdf
    But Archive.org has copies of the blog that points you to https://web.archive.org/web/20061011232552/http://personal.strath.ac.uk/d.d.muir/Delicious_Guide.pdf 
    where you can download: Delicious_Guide.pdf  
  12. How to see who's tagged YOUR pages and find other tags they are interested in
  13. How to aggregate content using the tags you've placed in your posts
  14. Tracking tags at http://www.technorati.com (no longer available)
  15. About collaboration in other online spaces such as http://www.wikispaces.com (scheduled for demise July 31, 2018) and http://docs.google.com

In addition to

Technorati Tag Generator looks like this in CODE
<a href="/http://technorati.com/tag/writingmatrix" rel="tag">writingmatrix</a>
The code was given at http://www.technorati.com/tools/ (now a dead link)

In JUNE 2007

We were able to put ourselves and our students on a Frappr map at the time, but frappr now re-directs to spammers:


This was a great project. Thanks somuch Vance Stevens. Always in our hearts. R.I.P dear friend and mentor.


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