• Teaching wikis, blogs, RSS, and social bookmarking

    I want to pass on a great resource for instructors who need to explain wikis, blogs, RSS, Google Docs, social bookmarking and other such tools to their students. Common Craft have created some of the most effective, to-the-point, and entertaining instructional videos I’ve ever seen; many of the topics they address in their unique, short videos fall squarely under the ed tech category: RSS in Plain English Wikis in Plain English Social Bookmarking in Plain English Blogs in Plain English Google Docs in Plain English All of these tools are easy to use but, admittedly, can be hard to describe. Common Craft completely demystifies them. Have a look:

  • to spam or not to spam

    Nicole from left a comment about whether I was still happy with Zoho Wiki.  My spamdar went off when a website check revealed the PR/Marketing focus of the company, forcing me to decide not to approve the comment.  However, the non cynical side of me is telling me that I’m overreacting (my sincere apologies, Nicole, if that’s the case), therefore I’ve decided to compromise and acknowledge the question–I’m very happy with Zoho Wiki, and will be posting about it again as a useful tool for instructors who want to create quick and easy course webpages. There…I feel much better.

  • WikiFolio

    E-portfolios are a hot topic in education right now, and UBC’s OLT has been doing a great job of piloting them in various faculties across campus. I’ve tried to integrate portfolios within WebCT using the presentation tool, but this invariably leads to some confusion by students and instructors, since the process for using this tool is not as simple as it could be. I’ve thought about having students use blogs, but, like the presentation tool in WebCT, the students can’t really walk away from UBC with their portfolio unless they eventually find a host for it. Brian Lamb’s blog pointed me to TiddlyWiki–a “a reusable non-linear personal web notebook”–which I…