Month: March 2007

RSS to populate a blog.

As I’ve said in other posts, as well as this blog, I’ve also got one on Eduspaces (was Elgg). I’d decided to get my students to use Elgg, so felt that I ought to have one there too. By the time that we had made the move from Blogspot to Elgg, this blog was starting…

Ning

Build Your Own Social Network Ning is one of several Social Networking sites that is allowing users to create their own social network. I’ve been using Elgg for some time, on the Elgg.net site – now called “Eduspaces” – which reflects the number of Educational users. I’ve also set up a space on Elgg Spaces,…

Talkr

I’ve been using Talkr for some time now, to automatically create the “Listen to podcast” links at the bottom of each post. I’d not really thought about how much they were being used, till I read Brett’s question about PodPress. I went to have a look at the stats – and was amazed! This year,…

BBC Jam – Jammed

Watchdog tells BBC to drop learning website. The Times has a report that the BBC have decided to suspend the BBC Jam site. It was only launched a year ago, and, if the queues round the BBC Jam stall at BETT were anything to go by, it’s popular. The home page now has information about…

Virtual Worlds.

The project that I’m working on, which I keep referring to as a “Second Life” project, actually started out to look at virtual worlds in general. We just seem to have drifted into SL exclusively. Penn State’s Virtual Worlds blog, which I’ve just been referred to for the details about running the SL client from…

Second Life – on a USB Stick.

As I’ve mentioned before, some of us are starting to look at using Second Life for teaching. One problem that we have is that it is not possible to install software on University Owned PCs, without creating NAL objects – which can take some time. Some staff can install locally, but not all can. This…

Explode!

I’d read a little about Explode! last week, but hadn’t really had the chance to investigate until now, and it seems to be growing rapidly. Rather than trying to explain it myself, just search for “Explode, weekend, elgg” on Google. I’ve started adding a few friends. It uses OpenID – which seems like a good…

The importance of creating a network

Mark Berthelemy writes about Networks. He raises several useful points (as well as pointing to other work, including a post by Ewan McIntosh) One point particularly resonates: Most of us start by trying to maintain a network that is far beyond our capabilities to maintain. We end up with too much to read, and too…