I recently ran across two lists of elearning blogs: “Instructional Design and E-Learning Blogs” and “Top 50 Blogs for e-Learning Tools and Tips.” I thought I’d include here a list of the related blogs and magazines I read regularly:
This semester I’m having my ENG 1020 classes at Metro and my ENG 122 class at Red Rocks use aggregators to track RSS feeds of news and blogs that they find in the process of their research. I debated between having them use aggregators like Bloglines, which I use, or startpages like PageFlakes. I decided that my students would probably enjoy setting up a startpage rather than using Bloglines.
I created an account on each of the following startpages and tested them, with the following results and conclusions:
- mysurfpad.com–I couldn’t find a web address specifically for my page, which eliminated it as a possibilty immediately. I need to be able to see my students’ pages.
- Netvibes (my public pages)–I have separate public and private pages, which makes it too complicated.
- Pageflakes (my public page)–Apparently each page has to be made public individually, which again makes it too complicated.
- Protopage (my page)–When you sign up, you can designate your page as public or private, which is much easier than either Netvibes or Pageflakes. It’s also easier to create widgets with RSS feeds. It seems to have a good help section, but I wish I could find some tutorial videos in English for my students to use.
I’ll definitely be using Protopage for my classes.
I finally joined Facebook last weekend. I’ve been looking for family members and old friends. The first person to respond to my friend request was my nephew who is in tenth grade. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.
I just finished following the instructions on the following video to set up the Twitter application in Facebook:
If this works, every one of my blog posts will show up twice on my Facebook wall because I have HootSuite set up to automatically post updates from my blog’s RSS feed.
I used a new picture of Floria for my profile in Facebook:
Purple isn’t my favorite color, but I do like lilacs.
Yesterday I was showing someone how to use Bloglines, and I thought it would be a good idea to collect some resources for using the service.
The theme for the January issue of Intercom was technical writing and Web 2.0. The best articles were “Writing and Web 2.0,” “Podcasting: A New Layer of Communication,” and “Using Wikis.”
In “Writing and Web 2.0,” Keith Hoffman discussed social networking, AJAX-based web sites, blogs, wikis, podcasts, and RSS, as well as web-based word processing. There are several items in his list of “Suggested Readings” that I’d like to look at.
The authors of “Using Wikis,” Brenda Huettner and Char James-Tanny, along with M. Katherine Brown, have used a wiki, It’s a Wiki Wacky World, to write a book titled Managing Virtual Teams: Getting the Most from Wikis, Blogs, and Other Collaborative Tools. I bought a copy of their book, along with copies of Wikis: Tools for Information Work and Collaboration by Jane Klobas, which I’ve already read, and Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Change Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.
These should be useful for the formal report assignment I’m planning for my technical writing class.
I decided that to find time to read these books and others related to my work, I had to stop reading the murder mysteries I was getting from the library.