Some Useful Stuff

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Sorry, still working on an extensive twitter post (our spring break is next week so it should come soon), but in the meantime here are some other useful things that I found around the internet that might interest you as well.

  • How To Teach with Netvibes: Mainly I use a blog to organize online material for my classes, but I have been thinking of switching to something than can aggregate info from various locations (making the blog just one component). Enter Netvibes a website that lets you customize a page which updates content from various sources. Think of this as your ultimate Blackboard replacement, and it is free. This article has the link to Michael Wesch’s course which is using Netvibes.
  • Students are Smart: Students seem to be smarter than the average internet user, or at least smart enough to choose the right browser. Campus Technology reports that Firefox has a much larger user base on campuses than it does with the public at large. In fact, Firefox is tied with IE according to this survey. Good, there is hope. (My first rule of digital literacy is learn to use something besides IE.)
  • Teaching with Facebook: The University of Manitoba has this wiki resource which gives both a summary overview of Facebook, as well as suggesting educational uses. Me, I am not a Facebook person (or Myspace for that matter) but for those who are . . .
  • Have we talked about how evil Turnitin is? Incidentally there is also an article in last week’s Chronicle (sorry it is behind a firewall, you need a password) regarding Turnitin. My favorite part of the article, a professor at GVSU who suggests that professors wouldn’t be so happy if they had to turn in all their work to turnitin. This to me sounds like a good idea: Schools can only use Turnitin if everyone on campus has to use it for all work.
  • One of the questions I get most often is about how to effectively sort/handle RSS feeds. The Read Write Web ran this excellent post on tools for sorting and filtering RSS feeds. This is a good place to start.
  • In Defense of Wikipedia, Nicholas Baker sees the positive side in this online creation. Nice to have some agreement, as I honestly received hate email after I wrote this piece in favor of Wikipedia. </ul>