Researching Web 2.0

July 13, 2010 1 comment

The first assignment for Fundamentals of IMD is to research the term Web 2.0. A classic reference to the term was an early 2005 paper by Tim O’Reilly, the publisher of O’Reilly books. This paper is a great starting point for learning about Web 2.0, but not the only one. Research the term in Google and/or other search engines and report what you have learned in your blog. You can place links to the three articles at the beginning or end of your posts, or place it in the context of the post.


Web 2.0

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Google Reader now adds changes to any website

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Google Reader, is another content aggregator which is part of your Google account. It was just announced that it has now added the ability to add any update to any website on the web, whether it has an RSS feed or not! This could turn out to be a major advantage and another first for Google. Although Netvibes and other portal products as well as some “cloud based” notebook/database products (Zoho’s Notebook) can story any type of site on their pages, the ability to receive any updates on a non-RSS based document page is big news! Check out the announcements and see how it works.

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WordPress User Group

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The Dallas area WordPress User group, the largest in the nation, meets on the AID campus. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with people who are involved with blogging as well as other popular social networking activities.

The January 2010 meeting will be Saturday January 30 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in Room 216-217.

The February 2010 meeting will be Saturday, February 20, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in Room 216-217.

Check the Meetup site at to RSVP for the event and join if you are interested.

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Creating a Podcast

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

A brief podcast about Creating a Podcast using Apple’s GarageBand.

Subscribe Free  Podcasting with Garageband

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iLeonardo Research Notebook

September 1, 2008 3 comments

I learned of a new tool for researching topics of interest from the article about 12 Notebooks. It is and I just received my invite to join the service from Joshua Rosen, founder and CEO of I did some work with it and created a notebook (usually on one topic – as you can have many notebooks) on Social networking in education and searched a couple of others interested in the same topic among others. I spent the next hour or so browsing others selected articles and blogs and had to make myself quit. The idea is to combine social networking and research. You create notebooks about your research topics, and you can search ileonardo users for any who are researching the same topic. Basically, you share your research and others work in a wonderful open community of some pretty serious folk. I had no problem finding other members interested in topics I am interested in. While this is a new service there are already enough members to make the social aspect worthwhile.

Then there is the notebook. You save your work, resources, articles, blogs, in your library for that notebook. You create pages in the notebook, with images and other media possibilities, and you have a bookmarklet to save anything you find – even highlighted words on a website, into your notebook page.

So far this is one of the more interesting new social software I have seen in a while. I plan on participating enough to offer my work on several topics, and see how the community develops. I invite you to visit and see what you think. The URL above opens to a video that explains the concept.

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12 Notebook Tools for research

September 1, 2008 Leave a comment

One of the most valuable tools for your learning environment is a digital notebook tool that is capable of capturing practically any digital file, image, video, or other type of presentation. has an excellent review of 12 notebook tools that should help you in choosing one of these tools for your personal needs. If you want to find new ways to manage information you choose to capture, this type of tool may be of value to your arsenal.

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I you still don’t grasp RSS….

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

A new video about Google Reader from the folks at Common Craft:

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