Archive for January, 2008

Two Tools to Rule Them All…or not.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

In response to the post, for Thursday I’d like to take a closer look at Omeka and possibly mash-up technology.

I’ve been playing around with Omeka a little bit and I have had a problem with a file size and I can’t seem to find file size limits indicated on the site, if anyone knows kindly point me in the right direction. I also had a weird error going on when I tried to create an exhibit, maybe a temporary thing? In any case I want to play around more with it.

I like mashups because they leave room for a lot of creativity (and fun?) so I’d like play around with that technology a little and do some imagining.

Also someone (can’t remember who) mentioned xtimeline and considering my group needs to make one that is an application I will be looking further into. Right now as far as I can tell you can embed the timelines into a blog so that is a nice feature.

Using Tools

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

I’ve seen RSS used in lots of ways to pull information from all sorts of areas and aggregating it in multiple ways. I recently worked on a course website for an Econ 488 class that when a student tags their post with a certain category (pre-determined by the prof) that it will get pulled to a specific page on the course site. Each week they are doing a different topic, so each week a different tag. This easily organizes for the students all the papers on each topic instead of having to go searching through everything.

I’m also using WordPress as a home for a website that holds transcripts, website reviews, and links done by McClurken’s History 328: U.S. Women’s History Since 1870. So creating a site that doesn’t necessarily look like a blog but uses WordPress is possible.

I’ve also seen del.icio.us used as a way to suggest resources. For example for the 2008 Horizon Report people who weren’t directly involved could tag something HZ08” on their del.icio.us feed and the Horizon Board would be aware of it. This allows the people who put together the report to be aware of possibly pertinent material and it lets the “little guy” of having a chance to get a say in.

So nothing really creative from me here, just what I’ve seen. Still contemplating Omeka though.

Chronicle is Right…Sort of

Monday, January 21st, 2008

In the article McClurken posted there are some points I agree with and disagree with (and not just because I believe the Chronicle doesn’t know anything about technology). Like Kelly said, students are digitally fluent in some ways. I’d say in general that students of my generation see the internet and computers as a source of entertainment more than they use it for academics or learning.

I wouldn’t say that this is entirely the students fault though. Since the internet is relatively new most students were left to their own devices on the computer. There was no real integration of these new tools into learning when we were younger. So, I would argue many students just don’t know because they have never been taught. There is a bad assumption that just because my generation are “digital natives” (vs digital immigrants) that we know how to use the web or how to use digital tools any better.

The Chronicle suggests that we look a little closer at the money we are investing in technology, which I agree with, technology is not a magic bullet. But I believe the problem runs much deeper and I could go on a rant about student academic culture. I’ll save it for another post.

Almost Forgot To Do An Introduction

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Well my name is Shannon and I am sophomore. As you may probably have guessed I am familiar with a fair amount of the tools we will be learning in class, but I’m really not as geeky as that makes it seem. I didn’t know any of this stuff until the fall of ’06 when I took a FSEM on globalization and we were introduced to a lot of these tools. I also somehow tricked the Division of Teaching and Learning Techonolgies (DTLT), the place where Martha and Jerry work (and some other people who I think are coming for some digital workshops), into thinking I know what I am talking about so I currently have a job there as a student aide.

I took this course because McClurken had mentioned it to me and considering I am a history major with a strange obsession for these new technologies, how could I say no? I’m looking forward to getting a lot out of this course because I am still relatively new to the history major and so on that front I am still learning. I also looking forward to producing something in this class that can be useful to other people outside myself and that hopefully a wider audience of people will be able to benefit from it. This class has little structure (in a good way) so there is a lot of room for creativity and dare I say fun? So in short, I am excited.

I’ll also put it out there that I blog on another blog that I first created during the FSEM so if you are for whatever reason extremely bored with nothing else to do you could check it out over here. And if he doesn’t mind me calling him out I believe that a certain professor we all know and love has a blog too and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t mind if you checked it out. Maybe it would inspire him to blog more. But I am addicted to this stuff so what do I know?

RSS Feed Problems

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Hey, anyone else having problems with some RSS feeds in the class?

I am currently having trouble with the comments feed on Colin and Kelly’s blogs and I can’t subscribe to any of Lisa’s feeds. Maybe it is just broken for the moment, but I wanted to know if anyone else was having the same problem.

Thanks!

Because I Am Feeling A Little Dorky

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

If I was feeling slightly more dorky I would have probably tried to create an OPML file, but I am inherently lazy. So this isn’t the most helpful thing I could possibly do but I thought, hey why not? I compiled a list of everyone’s blog feed along with comment feeds too. I think everyone’s blog is posted on the blogroll, so I don’t think I missed anyone. Hope this is helpful to people so they don’t have to go to every site back and forth. Sorry if there are any mistakes, if you point them out I’ll be sure to correct them. Also I recommend just creating a folder in your RSS reader so you don’t have to look at the long list of feeds.

Amy Benjamin
Blog Feed: http://amyb.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed:http://amyb.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Andrea Meyer
Blog Feed: http://ameye5hp.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://ameye5hp.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Austin Cobb
Blog Feed: http://thecobbgoblin.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://thecobbgoblin.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Colin Biddle
Blog Feed: http://sonar.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://sonar.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Elle Weaver
Blog Feed: http://eweaver.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://eweaver.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Jennifer Feldhaus
Blog Feed: http://jlfeldhaus.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://jlfeldhaus.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Kelly Wuyscik
Blog Feed: http://kwuyscik.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://kwuyscik.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Kellye Sorber
Blog Feed: http://ksorb2yv.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://ksorb2yv.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Laura Gumkowski
Blog Feed: http://lgumkow.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://lgumkow.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Lisa Meissner
Blog Feed: http://lmeissne.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://lmeissne.umwblogs.org/comments/feed

Mary Hester
Blog Feed: http://maryh.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://maryh.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Matthew Downs
Blog Feed: http://mdowns.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://mdowns.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Nikole Wellman
Blog Feed: http://nwellman.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://nwellman.umwblogs.org/comments/feed

Roxanne Ibinson
Blog Feed: http://ribinson.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://ribinson.umwblogs.org/comments/feed/

Shannon Hauser
Blog Feed: http://shauser.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://shauser.umwblogs.org/comments/feed

Talya Halpern
Blog Feed: http://thalpern.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://thalpern.umwblogs.org/comments/feed

Whitney Holcomb
Blog Feed: http://wholcomb.umwblogs.org/feed/
Comments Feed: http://wholcomb.umwblogs.org/comments/feed

Hope that helps some!

Help a Freshman Out

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

So while perusing UMW blogs I noticed this post. Ann is a freshman and just transferred in from JMU. She is looking for recommendations on what classes she should take and what shouldn’t be missed during her time here at Mary Wash.

I know that some of you have been here longer than I have and could recommend some interesting classes to take too. Don’t make this poor freshman resort to the unmoderated depths of RateMyProfessors.com!

Virginia is Historical Marker Obsessed

Monday, January 14th, 2008

I’ll be working on the Historical Markers Project this semester and I’ve been taking a look around the Historical Markers site that our group will be working off and I counted 62 markers for the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford area. It seems like quite a bit, but compared to the 2,200 that apparently exist Virginia it seems like a very small number.

I’m interested to see what our group will come up with and hopefully we will make whatever we build interesting, nobody likes a dull project.