Diigo Update (weekly)

  • The ALTC Exchange provides learning and teaching resources and functions to support communication and collaboration across the higher education sector. It does this through professional networking tools and search, discovery and repository functions for sharing resources, as well as portals to other learning resource websites and databases

    tags: altc, resources, teaching, open, source

  • Social network sites, online games, video-sharing sites, and gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones are now fixtures of youth culture. They have so permeated young lives that it is hard to believe that less than a decade ago these technologies barely existed. Today’s youth may be coming of age and struggling for autonomy and identity as did their predecessors, but they are doing so amid new worlds for communication, friendship, play, and self-expression.

    We include here the findings of three years of research on kids’ informal learning with digital media. The two page summary incorporates a short, accessible version of our findings. The White Paper is a 30-page document prepared for the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Series. The book is an online version of our forthcoming book with MIT Press and incorporates the insights from 800 youth and young adults and over 5000 hours of online observations.

    tags: youth, social, networking, paper, web2.0

  • A quick and suprising demonstration of the extended mashup/lookup functions that Google adds to spreadhseets. Nicely narrated too – US content (of course)

    tags: google, spreadsheets, lookup, mashup

  • The following people teach courses that set the stage for computer literacy 3.0. Note that some are upper division or somewhat technical courses, but the material in those courses will be refined and winnowed for presentation in general computer literacy classes. (The first time I taught a computer literacy 2.0 class, it included such things as how to use DOS, 123, and Wordstar, but it was a graduate course — such topics quickly moved to the undergraduate curriculum).

    tags: literacy, computing, web2.0

  • tags: white, paper, future, web2.0

  • In this guest post Aira Bongco (@airabongco) shares 10 tips for Beginners who are just getting into Twitter.

    So you just signed up for Twitter. You make your first tweet and you realize you don’t have any followers. “What a dumb idea!” You say. “Who the hell would be interested in what I’m doing anyway?”

    Don’t worry. You’re normal. That is a sign that you are a Twitter beginner. A lot of us Twitter users (or addicts) went through the same questioning routine. And look at us now. We’re geeks who are on Twitter all day and night and we can’t stop tweeting.

    So you want to be like us? It’s not that hard really. Just follow these simple steps.

    tags: web2.0, twitter

  • Welcome to The University of Blogs – our Edublogs Campus Sandpit.

    Here, you can explore the potential and power of Campus – for example this page took literally minutes to create, and is infinitely flexible!

    Browse round the links underneath the images below to see just some examples of how blogs can be used. To login anywhere, you just need to enter the username: ‘admin’ and the password: ‘pass’ (without the apostrophes).

    tags: edublogs, university, blog, tutorial, demo

  • tags: text2speech, mp3, audio, convert, podcast, ispeech, speech, blog

  • The GTA sessions

    tags: google, teacher, academy

  • It is a service that helps you monitor web sites that do not publish feeds. It will check any web page for updates and deliver them to your favorite RSS aggregator.

    tags: no_tag

  • tags: iphone, games

  • tags: nocyberbullies, twitter

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Diigo Update (weekly)

Diigo Update (weekly)

Diigo Update (weekly)

Diigo Update (weekly)

Reading Eggs

This is a site that my wife found called Reading Eggs. In the video, is my daughter who’s started using the site. Its a great post bath time – pre-bedtime activity.

Shes 5, so a pre-schooler. A friend bought me the ‘pig’, which is a great gadget, she loves it. It amplifies the audio and makes lots of flashing lights and movement as she interacts with the site. I really like that you have to sign up for the site. On the home page, there is plenty of clear, fast loading audio to welcome young learners.

A nice feature is that new ‘eggs’ hatch, so you can see who has joined the site as ‘hatchlings’. So from the off, there is a sense that there are lots of other kids doing it, so it cool. Sarah’s not new to a laptop, a veteran of Barbie Horse games and Dora the ‘annoying’ Explorer. She has no problem in figuring out what needs to be clicked and what needs to be dragged and dropped. Shes also happier using a track pad than a mouse right now. In the mean time, my 7 year old son is getting frustrated by World of Warcraft – it seems he has to ‘read the quests’ if he wants to get further than his level 6 he managed on day one.

I just figured after my last rant, that I should post something positive – a put back. Reading Eggs is of course a free online learning site.


Feedly – Another RSS API – Which I liked. I know Google Reader is the weapon of choice, but this I think is well worth a look. I liked the open clean layout, the tab style feeds and the deep linking. One neat feature lets you preview the blog post in an embedded pop out window, leave your comment and then close – so you don’t have to leave the page. I use Flock browser, and Feedly’s API installed right onto the tool bar.

Posting comments to student work today, I spend less time than I normally do – so there’s the benefit (to me). I still like Bloglines and have been wavering between Google and Bloglines … maybe Feedly will sway me. Yet another recommendation from an NECC conversation!

Diigo Update (weekly)

Diigo Update (weekly)