Archive for April, 2008

New blog on WebTools

April 24, 2008 Leave a comment

I just upgraded one of my blogs to WP 2.5 and decided to begin a site I have been wanting to do for several years about WebTools. I continue to be fascinated by the quality and usefulness of web-based applications and some open source applications that are downloadable. The purpose is to write about specific WebTools tha I find meaningful and to have people contribute articles on tools they find interesting and useful, so this is your chance to get involved! As you discover new tools that meet your needs and interests, send a comment to WebTools and if you contribute regularily I’ll add you as a content provider and you can log in and write posts.

Next article coming soon, my PLE set of tools I use most often.


Top 100 Tools for Learning

April 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Jane Hart provides a Spring 08 version of the Top 100 tools for learning which is developed from suggestions from 155 learning professionals. This is appropriate to your research on Personal Learning Environments, as you will discover that the tools you choose become a vital part of your learning process.

While I agree with Jane’s dividing the tools into Personal Tools and Producer tools, I would point out that you probably will want to categorize the tools into your own categories, which is a good way to develop your PLE. As an example, I revised my PLE recently to include the categories of Environments, Navigation/Finding Information, Content Creation, Content Management, Connecting/Networking, Personal Management. This process came out of viewing what I was actually doing on my laptop regularly. Everyone will have their own needs in terms of how you organize your PLE or learning space/process. I thought these tools for learning would give you some new ideas, and you may want to check out some of the tools you may not know.

If you don’t find what you need in the 100 tools list, get really into it and check out Jane’s earlier list of 2,200 tools for learning! You also might find some other interesting articles on the site, as I read it often myself.

Categories: Class Activities

New Version of!

April 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Wow! This is the new version of WordPress (2.5). I mentioned in class that the software would change shortly, and it happened! Now everything I showed you about interfacing with WP is changed! Actually, whatever settings you established will work the same way. The administrative menu has shrunk, and functions shifted around, but it is easier and more compact to get things done, and there are a lot of new features “under the hood” which I will explore with you in class on Thursday. Play around and you’ll discover how it all works!

I am posting the blogroll for our Spring ’08 class, so look at the right column to find the links to each class member (who has sent me their gmail and blog address).

Seven Habits of highly connected people

April 4, 2008 3 comments

This article originated with Stephen Downes – a person I read almost daily, and is posted on Lisa Neal’s blog. The article is a take-off on the work of another author, Stephen Covey who wrote Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I first read it as a result of George Siemen’s elearnspace blog. I think there are some connections going on here! The links to the article (lisa Neal’s link) as well as the original author and the blog where I first encountered the article, all are part of blogging etiquette – crediting the people and places you find information you wish to convey to others.

The article provides a good understanding of how to work with people you know and those you don’t know, when connecting in an online environment. Our participating in social networking and the development of a learning community, does not need rigid rules to function, but guidelines from people who have been actively building such connections for all of us, helps to understand the process. I recommend these suggestions as to appropriate ways of working with others in social networking processes.

Categories: Class Activities

A new class!

April 3, 2008 Leave a comment

This is a new class and we are introducing WordPress.