Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why Google Reader RSS/Aggregator...

One of the best tools for managing information flow is an RSS Aggregator, also known as a "feed reader." With an aggregator, you can "subscribe" to your favorite sites, including blogs, wikis, news sites, etc. and be notified when new information has been added to those sites via the RSS protocol. If the terms RSS/Aggregators/Feed Readers are completely new to you, view this CommonCraft video RSS in Plain English. It explains what RSS is and how to use an aggregator when new information is posted on the sites to which you subscribe. Here is another CommonCraft video about Google Reader in Plain English to review.

I prefer to use Google Reader as an RSS/Aggregator because it is easy to setup and use and gives me access to many other useful tools from my access point to ... calendar, iGoogle, documents, maps, photos, and much more. Here's a specific example that makes this point.

Recently, I created two public Google Docs spreadsheet databases; this was done easily while reading a blog about Twitter for Educators using Google Reader from one of my PLN friends (Liz Davis, Educators on Twitter at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pM_ZE5BS0SgqDabnhl8Z2aA&hl=en"). It was easy to set about doing by simply clicking on Google Docs in my top menu.

Like Liz I had seen several lists of educators on Twitter; but, I had not seen any for Plurk and Utterli though I had recently developed Wikis for Plurk and Utterli that organizes by subject area. Liz's post inspired me to learn Google Docs spreadsheet by creating (I learn much better by DOING!) two Google Doc spreadsheet lists, one for Plurk and one for Utterli. These can be sorted across different criteria like Plurk, Twitter, Utterli,Facebook, City, State, Country, Role, Subject or Grade Level. The process I follwed was to first create a Google form for educators to fill out and then I made the corresponding spreadsheets public so that anyone can view and sort.

You can complete the form and add yourself to the list if appropriate and/or view and sort by clicking on the links below and if appropriate.

Educators on Plurk Google Docs form at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=p-lJl9dLLkI8dMjHNHWdsIw ...a searchable and sortable list of Educators on Plurk to view/sort at http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p-lJl9dLLkI8dMjHNHWdsIw&hl=en

Educators on Utterli Google Docs form at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=p-lJl9dLLkI_EpZKmqmTDOQ ...a searchable and sortable list of Educators on Utterli to view/sort at http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p-lJl9dLLkI_EpZKmqmTDOQ&hl=en

What RSS/Aggregator do you use and why? Do you incorporate an RSS/Aggregator into you Pedagogy? If so, how? If not, why not?

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Welcome to plurk4educators wiki...

Welcome to plurk4educators wiki at http://plurk4educators.pbwiki.com/!

Join plurk4educators wiki - Are you looking for someone on Plurk that is an educator (K-12 & HigherEd) in the same area as you? Check out the list and add your Plurk anchor name/link,e.g., wgraziadei - with a brief description to the list too! Also, you may add your anchor name/link/description under as many categories as are appropriate. Feel free to add pages about how you use Plurk in your Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). Ciao, Bill G...

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Welcome to utterli4educators wiki...

Welcome to utterli4educators wiki at http:utterli4educators.pbwiki.com/!

Join utterli4educators wiki - Are you looking for someone on Utterli that is an educator (K-12 & HigherEd) in the same area as you? Check out the list of and add your Utterli anchor name/link,e.g., wgraziadei - with a brief description to the list too! Also, you may add your anchor name/link/description under as many categories as are appropriate. Feel free to add pages about how you use Utterli in your Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). Ciao, Bill G...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hands-On Labs for On-Line Science...

Hands-On Labs for On-Line Science... is it possible to have high quality and safe labs for online courses such as anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, geology and physics courses? See http://www.athomescience.com/index.htm. Also a webinar entitled, Effectively Teaching Online Biology with a Hands-On Lab Component, is scheduled for November 6, 2008 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST. See http://www.athomescience.com/Webinar11062008.htm.

Let's attend the session and then discuss the question of whether it is possible to have high quality and safe labs for online science courses. Has anyone used LabPaq by Hands-On Labs, Inc? If so, do you have an opinion about the product(s)?

Ciao, Bill G...

P.S. You can also go over to http://utterli.com/LifeSciences, http://utterli.com/K12, http://utterli.com/HigherEd or http://utterli.com/K12HigherEd to post an audio or video blog about this.

Educational Microblogging Discussion Groups for Your Learning Network on Utterli

I've created several microblogging groups over at Utterli please consider joining me there.

The nice thing about Utterli is that it is not limited by 140 characters and includes audio, pics and/or video. So, it gives options to users as to how they wish to microblog. Also, groups can be created as private or public with open or closed membership; visibility is public or group only.

Join Web20PLN, a discussion group about Web 2.0 Tools and your Personal/Professional Learning Networks in education and business environments.

Join SNWeb20, a discussion group for learning professionals to learn, share and collaborate about social networking Web 2.0 tools and their utility in business and education environments.

Join LifeSciences, a discussion group about teaching-learning life sciences online, blended and/or face-to-face.

Join HigherEd, a discussion group for HigherEd faculty and staff centering around pedagogy in teaching-learning environments.

Join K12, a discussion group for K-12 faculty and staff centering around pedagogy in teaching-learning environments.

Join K12HigherEd, a discussion group for both K-12 & HigherEd faculty and staff centering around pedagogy in teaching-learning environments.

Join eLearning20, a private discussion group for business and education learning professionals to help their organizations meet their asynchronous, synchronous and Web 2.0 technology needs through sharing and collaboration.

Join eLibrary20, a private discussion group for faculty, staff and librarians to discuss the nature of the next generation library and librarian through sharing and collaboration.

I hope to see you over there and, of course, on Plurk and Twitter! Ciao, Bill G...

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Social Networking Web 2.0 & PLNs



This definitely is a work in-progress, just like life-long learning. The questions are, "What do we use in our PLN?" and "How do we manage it all?" So, bookmark the above Social Network Web 2.0 PLN Glog and stop by often to see how I do. What are you doing with Web 2.0 tools in your PLNs?

 
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