The New Web Literacy

The New Web Literacy Notes from a presentation by Dave Millard at Southampton. I was invited to this (and to the others they’ve had this term, but I teach on Wednesdays & can’t get from Portsmouth to Southampton in 5 minutes!) He raises some useful points about using Web based tools – both the traditional…

Usage over time of "new toys"

A very useful diagram, that I can’t actually track down the original creator of this, as Wisdump seems to have gone off line. It demonstrates nicely some of the features that were discussed in the recent Poke 1.0 Symposium. Facebook is at the meteroic growth rise – how much is viral spread and how much…

Just one ID?

OpenID crops up quite often in the blogosphere. While I can see the point to a certain degree, there are also issues of merging upmteen accounts into one. Stephen Downes is a strong advocate, though I can see the points that Langhoff raises in the comments regarding security (particularly after the news of the loss…

Class assignment: Write an original Wikipedia article

Martha Groom of the University of Washington Bothell, has had her students do major edits / create new articles on Wikipedia as part of an assignment. For her students, the Wikipedia experiment was “transformative,” and students’ writing online proved better than the average undergrad research paper. Knowing their work was headed for the Web, not…