Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What's the best tech idea of 2009?

According to David Pogue, READABILITY is a "real life-changer".

I tried it with the Firefox browser. It’s a free button for your browser’s toolbar When you click it, Readability eliminates all the nonsense from whatever you are reading except the text and photos... no ads, no sidebars, no blinking, links, banners, promos or anything else. You select your own font size and margins for enjoyable reading.

Pogue warns that occasionally Readability doesn’t handle some webpages correctly.All you do is refresh the page to see the original.

Give it a try. You'll forget that you're reading from a screen.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

21 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

I liked some of the comments adding items which became obsolete this decade: fiscal responsibility!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Establishing a Personal Learning Network

This may be the most important post of the year which I have made to this blog:

Announcing: The Edublog Awards 2009

The nominations are up and voting is now open in the 2009 Edublog Awards.

The Edublog Awards pulls together lists of excellent blogs / sites.

These lists give you a one-stop shopping place for influential folks to follow online and are a great way of discovering hidden treasures and cool ideas on how these different social media tools can be used in an Educational context. I plan on sifting through many of these bloggers and tweeters to see who I am missing.

And, please vote if for someone if they have been mentoring you online. It's payback time. Time to get started....take the time to peruse and vote. I guarantee that you'll be glad you did.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What makes a Library a Library?

The Unquiet Librarian shared these responses today:

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Google Living Stories Project in google labs

News, made for the Web.

The Living Stories project is an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment. The project was developed by Google in collaboration with two of the country's leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

All in one place

Complete coverage of an on-going story is gathered together and prioritized on one URL. You can now quickly navigate between news articles, opinion pieces and features without long waits for pages to load.

Easy to explore

Each story has an evolving summary of current developments as a well as an interactive timeline of critical events. Stories can be explored by themes, significant participants or multimedia.

Smarter reading
Updates to the story are highlighted each time you come back, and older news is summarized.

Google Goggles!

This looks like it'll be a nice way to search, especially if you're not the best at keyboarding on a phone! Can't wait to try it on my Droid phone. Currently only available with the android operating systems.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Mention Map - Twitter Tool

Quickly find relevant people to follow! Use Mentionmap to see Twitter conversations as a network and click any user to explore.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Network Literacy

The key question for Rheingold is whether we have central or de-centralized control over networks. Watch and learn how design decisions have big implications. Here is Part I: about 12 minutes. If you're really interested, then watch Part II.

While I know how useful the web is in promoting democracy, I had not previously thought about how network architecture relates to freedom.

Google Now Personalizes Everyone’s Search Results

Dec 4, 2009 Danny Sullivan, Editor-In-Chief of the Search Engine Land website, is widely considered a leading "search engine guru".

Sullivan reports, "Beginning today, Google will now personalize the search results of anyone who uses its search engine, regardless of whether they’ve opted-in to a previously existing personalization feature."

Danny Sullivan explains how search personalization works, discusses privacy issues, and the differences between "Signed-Out Web History and Signed-In Web History".

If this freaks you out, keep in mind:

# All the major search engines have long recorded what you search on. Google’s simply using it to refine your results, in addition to what the others do, show ads
# Your browser itself records what you search on — and often, people fail to clear their browser histories.

Sullivan shows you exactly how to opt out, which I did! You have to sign in to your Google account to opt out of this "service". I prefer to refine my own searching.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Future of Magazines shared by Mashable

View the Sports Illustrated Tablet demo! It's quite impressive on the Apple Tablet. Has features of the iphone or my new Droid. Actually, it's more like John King's magic wall on CNN.

Digital publishing gone wild. Gotta love it.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

A Little Levity prior to Junior Theme

Thought everyone might enjoy this short clip produced by the Library at Brown University, especially since we are talking about research, both as part of the Curriculum Action Research underway in the English department and as we begin work for Junior Theme. The student here is featured in several videos – this one deals mostly with evaluating resources.

Digital Tools to Analyze Obama's Speech

I especially like Lee Kolbert's idea of using Google News Timeline to analyze how headlines have been changing over time.

Mashable's Web Faceoff Results

Web Faceoff: Overall Results--see today's challenge for Google v. Bing and vote!
Week 1:
- Mozilla Firefox vs. Google Chrome
- WINNER: Firefox (Firefox), 4600 votes (Chrome (Chrome): 3310 votes, Tie: 911 votes)

Week 2:
- Tumblr vs. Posterous
- WINNER: Tumblr (Tumblr), 1809 votes (Posterous (Posterous): 1496 votes, Tie: 256 votes)

Week 3:
- Pandora vs.
- WINNER:, 1187 votes (Pandora (Pandora): 1156 votes, Tie: 122 votes)

Week 4:
- Twitter vs. Facebook
- WINNER: Facebook (Facebook), 2484 votes (Twitter (Twitter): 2061 votes, Tie: 588 votes)

Week 5:
- WordPress vs. Typepad
- WINNER: WordPress (WordPress), 2714 votes (Typepad (TypePad): 267 votes, Tie: 357 votes)

Week 6:
- Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard
- WINNER: Windows 7, 3632 votes (Snow Leopard: 3278 votes, Tie: 121 votes)

Week 7:
- TweetDeck vs. Seesmic Desktop
- WINNER: TweetDeck (TweetDeck), 3294 votes (Seesmic Desktop (Seesmic Desktop): 1055 votes, Tie: 260 votes)

Week 8:
- Microsoft Office vs. Google Docs
- WINNER: Microsoft Office, 1365 votes (Google Docs (Google Docs): 994 votes, Tie: 315 votes)

Week 9:
- Apple iPhone vs. Google Android
- WINNER: Google Android, 3323 votes (Apple iPhone: 1494 votes, Tie: 228 votes)

Week 10:
- AT&T vs. Verizon
- WINNER: Verizon, 1161 votes (AT&T: 538 votes, Tie: 118 votes)