Thursday, July 27, 2006

Social Bookmarking and the Power of Networks

I was working on a presentation tonight on Social Bookmarking. As I was looking around my bookmarks and the small network of people that I have started to create I noticed that there were a lot of bookmarks others had that I was interested in. Now I am guilty of not using all the things that I have at my disposal to their full advantage, but I am having more and more thoughts about making things more accessible for myself. As well as learning from people around me. I have realized this as I have started to strip away those old documents on my computer and clean up things I don't use a lot. As I have been doing this I have noticed that I am a real culprit of bookmarking Internet sites and never returning. This is where or another Social bookmarking services have become useful. It isn't just because I can bookmark things and create my own descriptions of them, but it is the added network of people. Using the networking in I have at my finger tips all of the Internet sites of people that I know. Now they can share with me all of their great information, and I can share mine. Think about this when it comes to sharing favorites with other teachers and students. Now we have this ability and it is a simple click away.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Broadband in Education

Today, Tadge and I had the opportunity to meet and present with superintendents from ONC BOCES districts on broadband connectivity in education. There was a lot of dialogue and great questions asked throughout the three hour session. We shared examples of what districts within the Monroe #1 BOCES broadband wide area network are doing to improve and enhance learning. We'd like to thank the superintendents for the engaging conversation and their open minds as they look to provide quality tools and service for their teachers and, ultimately, the students.

One big question that came up was what are the next steps to incorporate technologies through broadband? What do you think?

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Hitchin' a Ride on Web2.0

Tight budgets, family committments, and R&R, oh my! Bummed about not going to NECC this year?

Never fear.HitchHikr is here!

In changing times, we need to raise our heads out of the water every once in a while, take a drink of kool-aid, network, learn, and energize. Yet, we can't always make it to the conferences we need to attend to mix with the people we need to see -- face-to-face. This is why Hitchhikr was invented, to provide you with a virtual space where, thanks to blogs, podcasts, and RSS, we can connect, share, respond, and grow knowledge out beyond the place and time of the event.

I think this a spectacular idea! I am pretty bummed I didn't make it to NECC this year. From what I have already read during the conference it seemed somewhat different than past years. In addition to HitchHikr, the blogging community has come out in force at Blogging NECC & Technorati Tag NECC06. Don't feel left out, from what most attendees are saying... the conference isn't over just yet.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Google Tool Bar Update

The past week I have had some time to play at home with things that I have wanted to work with, but have put off. During this time I was reloading some things that I had broken earlier in the year and had to reinstall a few applications. One that I had to put back together was my Firefox Browser. During this time I was installing my favorite toolbar from Google. Now some people don't like these type of things but I happen to use Google a lot, besides it has a spell checker built in. As I was looking at the new tool bar I noticed something I hadn't seen before. There is now a button called . So of course I had to click on it, and guess what I could choose to subscribe to the feed with my choice of 6 different RSS aggregators. So I selected Bloglines and away I went adding feeds and more feeds. Now I don't have to leave my browser for anything it seems.