Adventures in Jutland

Some Basic Tools/Links for Ed Tec


These are the links for my talk to the School on basic tools for Ed Tec. This is the powerpoint/pdf on SlideShare (another useful tool). It’s also embedded below.

This is very much an intro—about where you might start. Nevertheless, it’s surprising how much you can get up to these days with some basic skills. Many of these tools are very powerful, and the links below will usually take you through to sites that allow you to use these tools in sophisticated ways—without much in the way of “training” (that sometimes dreaded word). Most of these tools have short training videos, etc online. All of these tools are (I think) open source.

They tend to be tools that assist classroom and person-to-person education (and usually research), rather than replacing them. Some of the later links are to useful blogs, and other sources that will get you on your way with such things. Finally, some people will be pleasantly surprised how useful these tools are in developing approaches in the traditional disciplines. Indeed, I love to point out that it’s almost certainly disciplines such as History, Geography, English (and Librarians) that are leading the way these days.

Have fun!

Links I mentioned

WordPress MU (multiple-user)

Examples of WordPress/WPmu

my blog—Adventures in Jutland is here; you’re reading it
newsouthblogs (the School/Faculty install—if you’re interested in using this site, please contact Scott Shaner)
some individual blogs houses by newsouthblogs: Crossed Signals (one of my research blogs); Granular Ed (my education thinking blog)
some course blogs on newsouthblogs: ARTS2090: Modes of Publishing; MDCM3000: Media Forms; MEFT3102: Electronic and Digital Aesthetics; ARTS1090: Media, Culture and Everyday Life

Twitter (my username is <andrewmurphie> but I’m really not so interesting to follow on Twitter); Twitter (and often Facebook at the same time) clients: in a browser I like Brizzly; Tweetdeck is a good stand alone client.

University of Mary Washington blogs: you can find all the courses under the header “Courses”.

The Fibreculture Journal (using WPmu to run an academic journal and discussion)

Google Reader can be found via Google …

Dynamic Media Network ARC research site.

Firefox: delicious add-on

Delicious (social bookmarking and tagging); my Delicious bookmarks

The Guardian’s excellent guide to its feeds. (The New York Times also has a great site)

DoGooder Firefox add-on (replaces ads with better ones, from an environmental point of view!)

Zotero (Firefox browser based bibiographic plug-in and much more)

Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Omeka (online exhibition software)—go to “showcases for examples” [new— will host your project .. invite only right now but ..]

Links to Other Resources

Digital Campus podcast (excellent review of recent events by digital historians).

Howard Rheingold has always provided some of the most lucid commentary on education and related issues, and his recent explorations of infotention are compulsory reading(watching). He sums up one of the key points here. The tools I list here are all tools that allow you to forget the tools and concentrate on more important issues, I hope. Via a tweet, this is one of Howard Rheingold’s basic philosophies:

Manny Hernandez (@askmanny)
16/04/10 2:52 AM
Brilliant advice! “If you want to keep up, don’t keep up with the technologies. Keep up with the literacies.” @hrheingold #CHL2010

Bavatuesdays (excellent and provocative blog by Jim Groom, who keeps umwblogs together)

The excellent “Looking for Whitman” course Jim Groom was involved in (and a blog entry related to this)

Mendeley is a great reference and research network software package (free) and Papers is another (not free but possibly better) … both these are good for managing large stores of pdfs, although Zotero can do this too.

RSS explained

Skype (free video conferencing and very cheap telephony platform—I seem to be talking to more and more colleagues/collaborators via Skype)

Diigo (Delicious alternative—more flexible but somehow I still prefer Delicious.. you can use both and have one feed into the other)

My <digitalhumanities> links

My <education> links (tend to be more about politics than technology though)

Free Guide to using Google in teaching

My Google Reader feeds: digital humanities; education;

Persistent Search (guide by Marsh Gardiner) setting up an ongoing search on a particular topic, using Google alerts.


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