I think most of us would accept that
information workers have a greater economic importance today than in the past when physical laborers drove the economy.
Pink’s claim that the workplace is shifting again and that people with strong…
Last fall I had bookmarked a blog post called “What Happened to the Personal Web
Site?" It focuses on academic librarians using blogs versus personal web sites, but it started me thinking
about the use of personal web sites by faculty. Here’s an excerpt from that post:
of prominent (legacy)academic librarians I chose suggests that traditional web site content may be a bit more
commonplace among that crowd, but certainly blogs are quite limited. While I found more of the…
This past month, I gave up
two laptops and two desktop computers from my old job and gained a new laptop and new desktop for my current position.
New computers are nice and shiny and virus-free and empty of all the fragments of deleted files and downloaded
software tests that remain even after you defrag and all that. However, given a choice I would have hung on to my older
machines to avoid the installation of all the programs that I use regularly (some of which I no longer have access…
Well, I can’t attend the first Classroom 2.0 LIVE Meet-up on February 1 & 2 in San Francisco, California, but I really like the
spirit and idea behind this event which is all about Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education.
Many of us use screenshots (a still image of what’s on our monitor screen) for presentations and in teaching tools,
training materials, lesson etc. It’s a great way to walk people through a process if you can’t provide a full motion
screen capture “movie” in Flash or some other program.
The basic way to capture your screen is to use
the “Print Screen” key on a Windows machine. You can then paste that full screen into PowerPoint or a Word
doc. But editing it to show only a section (you…
I have been writing down some ideas for a upcoming panel presentation for the New Jersey College English Association
spring conference in late March. NJCEA
is an organization of college English instructors and graduate students interested in language, literature, pedagogy,
and other aspects of the teaching and study of literature and writing.
The panel is on “Writing and the New Media: Composition in a Digital Age.” My friend from NJIT, Norbert
Elliot, is the convener and joining me…
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”—E.L. Doctorow
I found a site called Disposable Web Page. The idea is that you can create a disposable web page with a few key
strokes and then add content to it.
Huh? What’s their point?
There are already other ways to create web
pages pretty easily. Lots of sites allow you to create web pages and store them without knowing any HTML or having
server space. I wrote a post last year called "Creating
Web Pages Without Knowing How to Create Web Pages." about those types of sites that i use with
In what may become a tradition, CNN re-aired the program, “Martin Luther King: Words That
Changed a Nation” hosted by Soledad
O’Brien this year in the days before the January 22nd observance of the of the Martin Luther King holiday.
Last year, when the King paperswere purchased, Soledad and a CNN crew went back to some of the places
connected to the papers and made the writings of the Dr. King come alive.
The collection includes
documents such as the “Letter from the…
The title plays with a comparison of the two creatures. Chop off a spider’s leg and it is crippled. Cut
off its head and it will die. Cut off a starfish’s leg it grows a new one. More amazingly, the old leg can grow into
an entirely new starfish.
When I was in
high school AP biology and we had to select a…
"a beautifully balanced blue-purple, as the color of the year for 2008.
Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and
spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for
reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and
Ah, reassurance in a complex world. I need that. Perhaps I need to redo the…
I’ve been thinking about this idea of the move towards what I call “Open Everything” that seemed to be
rolling forward in 2007. I can’t see it slowing down this year.
I suppose “Open Everything” probably has a
simple interpersonal model in the “share-and-share alike” teachings of childhood. And, if you need to write a
paper on it, you could also look to Adam Smith and game theory (see extended post) and others.
It requires freeing
yourself in some ways from the idea that one person (or one…
Turns out that for the last
twenty-seven years, every single movie that managed to win the Oscar for best picture was also nominated for best
Great products, amazing services and stories worth talking about get edited along the way. Most of the time, the
editing makes them pallid,
mediocre and boring. Sometimes, a great editor will push the remarkable stuff. That’s his job.
This little thought experiment of a post started with reading
World Without Usby Alan Weisman. That book asks and answers the question, “What would happen if the
human species were suddenly to disappear from the Earth.
I suppose the book falls into the section of the
bookstore with popular science, though Weisman uses the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art
conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, paleontologists and even…
If we think about the impact that TV has had on elections since those much discussed Kennedy-Nixon televised
debates, I can imagine the same discussions, papers and theses being written now for the Net.
Whether or not the
net effect of the Net Effect from sites like YouTube will have a meaniningful
impact on this election or not, 2007 was already big for YouTube Politics.
In my eco-mind, that’s also good advice for teachers. I like to see
teachers create their own sites for their school community. If you’re doing that on the Net using blogs, wikis, social
networks and such, you obviously are going to reach a wider audience too. All the better.
You would write poetry even if no one published you. But you might not revise so carefully.
I made a conscious decision about 5 years ago to stop submitting poems to publishers. It was a combination of things including the time involved, the acceptance:rejection ratio and all the politics and scams involved in even the best publications. But my…
Google, possibly as part of its efforts to conquer the world, has a new Web encyclopedia they call Knol.
One of the complaints teachers have with Wikipedia is that you don’t know who wrote the article (probably many
people) or what their “authority” is in the subject. Some are written by experts, but many are written or
revised by simply interested folks and then possibly reviewed and edited by someone with some expertise.
to the Google
Blog, Knol will tell you who wrote the…
County Community College (PCCC) was awarded a grant through the Department of Education’s Strengthening Hispanic
Serving Institutions Program (Title V). The grant is to increase achievement and program completion…
Though I have personally have dubbed 2008 “The Year of Open Everything,” many other “official”
designations have been given to this year. There are plenty of charitable and other special causes and
issues that have the year locked up. I came across a few that have some educational applications when I was looking at
Annenberg Channel for this
month. (if you don’t know about the Annenberg Channel, check
For example, The International Year of Planet Earth offers
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay
is a time when we all review the year and make predictions and resolutions for the new year. Blogs the past few weeks
have been full of “Best Of” lists. I’m a big list maker in real life, but not big on predictions.
of the rumors that was strong in the last half of 2007 was that Google would announce a “Gphone” (or gPhone?)
that would knock out the iPhone because it would have free Wi-Fi connectivity or some such…