Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New Look and Ted's Talks

Hope you like the new look to this blog! I thought it was time that I tried out the updated blogger (as the previous look was from the beta version).

Today an interesting email arrived, highlighting Ted's Talks. Once you get past the blatant advertising, there are often some useful snippets that are worth watching.
Click title above to view the video.

New Stuff

It's a busy time at the moment, with marking, meetings and general madness. I haven't had a lot of time to commit to anything this week, but I came across a few useful links from the virtual teachers' site in Australia and also from a variety of other sources. Enjoy!

http://warrick.edublogs.org/ - another Educational Blog

http://www.netlingo.com/ - the Internet Dictionary

http://inteachershands.education.ecu.edu.au/index.php?page=48 - See videos of real teachers in action

http://chnm.gmu.edu/digitalhistory/index.php - Digital History

http://www.discoveringantarctica.org.uk/

http://www.eoearth.org/article/On_the_Origin_of_Species_(historical_e-book)

http://www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance/events/pastevents.html - Mirandanet Presentation

Sunday, May 20, 2007

E-Learning Conference

I am delivering a hands-on session at the college's e-learning conference and started to put together all the stuff I would deliver about Blogs. It is amazing how much information is out there about Web 2.0 social software (see http://www.go2web20.net/) and how it is being used un higher education and research. There is currently a lot of talk about the arrival of Web 3.0 - the semantic web and although I would not usually advocate Wikipedia, it is worth checking out the information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_Web if you want to find out more (also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_3.0)

Back to the Blog session. I will likely be asked - what is a blog anyway? - as I titled the session at Friday's conference "Create a blog from Scratch - for beginners and luddites!" I have so far come up with this list:

-A website which contains periodic chronologically ordered posts on a common webpage
-Online journals where content is arranged in reversed chronological order
-Similar to Discussion groups
-Simple content management tools enabling non-experts to build easily updatable web diaries or online journals

Used for :-

Collaborative activity
Aggregative content management
Collective intelligence of users
Repurposing/remixing online information and knowledge repositories
Online social interaction
Sharing resources, knowledge, experiences and responsibilities