Monday, May 29, 2006

Beyond Text: using your voice online

This site explores the application of online voice technologies in different learning contexts and with different learner groups to develop some models of practice and practical guides for teachers who want to integrate online voice technologies into online delivery, assessment and support services

The site includes case studies, facilitator guides, and more. (While the site navigation is a little more clumsy than I'd like, it's worth wading through the unnecessary pages to get to the content.)

[link via Abject Learning]

Bloggers earn right to protect their sources

In a case in which Apple sought to subpoena email from bloggers who posted some of the company's internal documents, the Sixth District Court of Appeals on Friday rejected Apple's argument that bloggers aren't journalists and should not be protected by the laws intended to protect news agencies from being forced to reveal their sources.

Earning the right to be viewed as "legitimate journalists" is a big step forward for online writers -- and yet another signal that the journalistic landscape is changing in some profound ways.

(link via boing boing)

New domain for mobile devices

Last week the .mobi domain -- aimed specifically at websites designed to be viewed on mobile phones -- finally became available, so we can expect to see more and more sites with content designed specifically for phones and other mobile devices.

Once these sites begin to proliferate, it'll be interesting to see how many online ed producers begin to design content specifically for the tiny screen, as opposed to designing regular content that is "smart" enough to work on mobile devices.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Meebo for Youbo

Meebo looks like a great resource for online facilitators.... it's a way for teachers and students to use multiple IM accounts (AIM, Yahoo!, Google, ICQ, MSN) while chatting directly in a browser -- and without the use of additional software.

For instructors who like to use IM with their students, this could elminate the added time and complications of having students sign up with yet another IM service just for the class.

[link via Designed to Inspire]

... And inspire it does!

Over at Designed to Inspire, Jennifer Maddrell's been posting prolifically these last few months!

Be sure to drop by and check out some of her thoughts, links, and resources

Friday, May 26, 2006

The Name Game

It's always hard to pick a new domain name.... And as it gets harder to find available names that are short and memorable, it also becomes easier to make an unfortunate mistake

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Pictures inside pictures inside pictures inside pictures...

Information interactive is a truly amazing feature from Getty images - one of their "10 ways" of exploring interactive experiences in visual language. As their site explains:

From its content to its visual components, a photograph is filled with information. Choose a point on an image and delve deeper into it, linking one idea to another in a never-ending chain.

You can explore some of the other interactive programs in this project on this page.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Wow, it's been a while!

I'm finally getting back to my blog after a 1-semester hiatus ... my first break from academic teaching in 5 years and the first time I've gone without weekly blog reading for quite some time!

While I'm a little daunted at how far behind I am in my blogs (my aggregator is packed!), I'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this semester with a new class of bloggers

I think I'll be posting pretty heavily for the next few weeks as I try to catch up on a lot of reading!