Month: November 2005

Developing Online Communities the Centred Way

Developing Online Communities the Centred Way ‘designed’ communities need to be focused, energized and purposeful. In the educational context there are many great examples of successful community ‘themes’ around, for example, research, discipline, faculty, politics etc. We shouldn’t over look these. Also, the communities we create need to be focused around individuals rather than separate…

Flock

I’m just testing Flock … a new browser. It’s very much in beta, but, one of the things that I can do with it, (in theory) is posting directly to a blog. OK, so it’s very like the “Press it” plugin that I have for WordPress, or the BlogIT that I had for blogger ……

Tag Cloud

I’ve just been playing with TagCloud, which I’ve seen on a few sites, such as BlogMeister. I’ve set up one – linked just to this blog. However, though they have said “allow a few minutes”, it’s now a couple of days. I’ve just thought, however, that if it’s going to be using a feed, then…

EduBlog Insights : EduBlog Insights

EduBlog Insights : EduBlog Insights I’ve seen some posts from Anne before, but for whatever reason, always had difficulty accessing her site. I’m glad that I’ve found it again, as this is a useful post. While referencing Helen Chen from Stanford, Anne says: that the learning environment that students reside in is one that is…

Blog Meister

Blog Meister This is a site designed for setting up blogs – for students. There are a number of points at which the teacher can audit the posts, prior to them appearing live (see the flowchart at the side of the main post) Another feature that they’ve implemented is TagCloud, which I’m just about to…

Wikis about Blogging.

Pedersondesigns – Pd – and Bud’s Blogging Experiment are both Wikis about blogs. The former (at present) is quite small & has a page really designed for educators – to help them initially think about blogging for themselves, then how to get their students blogging. He’s got an .xml file of useful Educational Blogs which…

"Death by Powerpoint"…

Conference Day 2 and a modest proposal” Scott Leslie starts by discussing the tedium of yet another Powerpoint presentation .The link to Alan Levin’s comments about Powerpoint & how projects should be presented are well worth following, though you’ll learn nothing new – just remind yourself about what you shouldn’t do! Leslie then says: We…

The new commentariat

The Guardian has an indepth report on Political Blogging (not blogs by politicians). The blogs themselves cover a wide range of political view points. The article suggests that the phrase “weblog” was probably coined by Barger, posting daily updates in 1997 to his webpage about the Israeli/Palestine conflict. They also suggest that the shortening to…