Friday 5: From the Blogosphere
Hi All –
I am an avid fan of keeping track of web site content via a newsreader. Examples of newsreaders include Bloglines, Google Reader, and my personal favorite, NetNewsWire. Web browsers such as Safari and Firefox have built in newsreaders, too. I subscribe to web sites, blogs and podcasts and headlines from these sources appear in my newsreader. After reading a headline, I can choose to read a full entry by clicking on the headline. It is a time saving, powerful process that makes it possible for me to monitor information without visiting a gazillion individual web sites.
Recently, I had a chance to catch up in my usual daily perusal of material stored in my newsreader and today’s list are highlights of interesting things I came across.
1) Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1
Web 2.0 refers to the second wave of the internet in which there are many web based applications allowing users to interact and generate their own content. There are a ton of Web 2.0 tools listed here that could potentially be used in your classroom for free.
There are sites such at You Tube or Google Video that allow users to share short video clips. Now, there’s Slideshare where one can post and share PowerPoint presentations. I haven’t tried it yet as it’s still in beta testing, although I have requested in an invitation to join.
3) bgblogging: Books, Books, Books
Middlebury professor Barbara Ganley has a great post about books that have moved her. Other bloggers should answer the same questions posted here with their own selections to keep this meme going. I am going to have to think about what I’d post! I think this is a fun blogging activity; it's interesting to see the impact of books on people.
4) Introduction to 90 Online File Storage Services – lifehack.org
Here you can find a solution to storing and sending large files in this long list of mostly free services.
Make online web movies using images, audio and text at this web site. Again, it’s still being tested, so you need to request an invitation.